Monday, January 28, 2008

PEANUT BUTTER & FUDGE BROWNIES

The recipe is actually called: Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies with Salted Peanuts (but I made them without the peanuts) I will add my modifications in lavendar.

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
7 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used 12 oz. of semisweet chocolate chips)
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 cup all purpose flour (I used an extra teaspoon or so of flour to balance the extra chocolate)
1 cup roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped (I used 1 cup of chocolate chips instead)

Frosting and ganache
1 cup chunky peanut butter (do not use natural or old-fashioned) (I used smooth peanut butter)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided, room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (again, I used chocolate chips - no chopping!!)

For brownies:
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Line 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan with foil, leaving long overhang; butter foil. Place 3/4 cup butter in heavy large saucepan. Add both chocolates; stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar, vanilla, and salt, then eggs, 1 at a time. Fold in flour, then nuts. Spread in prepared pan. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes. Place pan on rack; cool.

For frosting and ganache:
Using electric mixer, beat peanut butter and 1/4 cup butter in medium bowl to blend. Beat in powdered sugar, salt, and nutmeg, then milk and vanilla. Spread frosting over brownies.

Stir chocolate and 1/4 cup butter in heavy small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Drop ganache all over frosting; spread to cover. Chill until set, about 1 1/2 hours.

Do ahead Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled. Using foil as aid, transfer brownie cake to work surface; cut into squares. Bring to room temperature; serve.

Bon App├ętit
January 2007
Dorie Greenspan
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/236893

2 comments:

Rachel said...

O thank you, thank you, Dara! These were the best!

Stephanie said...

Yum! Thank you Dara!