Tuesday, June 3, 2008

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Tuesdays With Dorie: French Chocolate Brownies

Di of Di's Kitchen Notebook is a psychic. Last week just happened to be the week that I was seriously craving something chocolate. My daily Snickers bar just wasn't satisfying my chocolate craving, so when I saw that brownies was the recipe of choice, I was beyond happy. I only wished that it would be fudgy and ultra chocolatey. I was very lucky indeed. The French Chocolate Brownie was not fudgy in my opinion (it was more like a fondant), but it sure was chocolately. Bittersweet chocolate is so rich and flavorful to me and this recipe showcased all the goodness of bittersweet chocolate. In other words, Dorie's French Chocolate Brownie does the darker and less sweet chocolates justice.

I halved this recipe, but what you see will be the whole recipe. I topped mine with condensed milk and a raspberry-rum mixture. At this point you should know the drill...head over to Tuesdays with Dorie to check out all the awesome blogs. And if you are grumbling "I've already seen them all," there have been quite a few newbies jumping on the TWD bandwagon, so you'll never see them all!

French Chocolate Brownies
Source: Dorie Greenspans’s Baking: From My Home to Yours.


1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/3 cup raisins, dark or golden (I added raspberries instead)
1 1/2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 tablespoons dark rum
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons; 6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into 12 pieces
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar

Getting ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 300°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, butter the foil, place the pan on a baking sheet, and set aside.

Whisk together the flour, salt and cinnamon, if you're using it.

Put the raisins in a small saucepan with the water, bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until the water almost evaporates. Add the rum, let it warm for about 30 seconds, turn off the heat, stand back and ignite the rum. Allow the flames to die down, and set the raisins aside until needed.

Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Slowly and gently melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and add the butter, stirring so that it melts. It's important that the chocolate and butter not get very hot. However, if the butter is not melting, you can put the bowl back over the still-hot water for a minute. If you've got a couple of little bits of unmelted butter, leave them—it's better to have a few bits than to overheat the whole. Set the chocolate aside for the moment.

Working with a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until they are thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Lower the mixer speed and pour in the chocolate-butter, mixing only until it is incorporated—you'll have a thick, creamy batter. Add the dry ingredients and mix at low speed for about 30 seconds—the dry ingredients won't be completely incorporated and that's fine. Finish folding in the dry ingredients by hand with a rubber spatula, then fold in the raisins along with any liquid remaining in the pan.

Scrape the batter into the pan and bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until the top is dry and crackled and a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and allow the brownies to cool to warm or room temperature.

Carefully lift the brownies out of the pan, using the foil edges as handles, and transfer to a cutting board. With a long-bladed knife, cut the brownies into 16 squares (I did slices), each roughly 2 inches on a side, taking care not to cut through the foil.

Serving: The brownies are good just warm or at room temperature; they're even fine cold. I like these with a little something on top or alongside—good go-alongs are whipped crème fraiche or whipped cream, ice cream or chocolate sauce or even all three!

Storing: Wrapped well, these can be kept at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months.

How's that for tempting??


Marie said...

Your brownies look fabulous!!! I love that you used raspberries and topped it with the sweetened condensed milk. That looks soooooo good!! Well done!

Joelen said...

What a great variation and I'm seriously craving brownies now!

Amy said...

YU-UUUMMM!! These look great!

-Amy (www.singforyoursupperblog.com)

Anonymous said...

The condensed milk/raspberry mixture sounds like the perfect complement to the brownies.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Yummy! The addition of raspberries sounds right up my alley!

Amy said...

Your brownies look great. I love the condensed milk and raspberry-rum mixture you added. Yummy!

CB said...

ooohhh I dig the condensed milk idea! Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Anonymous said...

mmm. You know I just finished my last brownie as I read your post? Your milk-raspberry topping makes want more.

SiHaN said...

damm! i should have baked mine in a round tray instead. Like a brownie pizza. Yum!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Nice presentation! So glad these brownies finally hit that chocolate spot for you.


Heather said...

Your brownies look delicious! Great job!

Jaime said...

raspberry rum? yum!

PheMom said...

What a beautiful job!

Anonymous said...

Looks great!

Jacque said...

Mmmm, the sweetened condensed milk looks yummy!

Dolores said...

Condensed milk and raspberry rum... I love your grown-up tribute to a childhood treat. Great job!

noskos said...

Job well done, they look great!

ostwestwind said...

Beautiful looking brownies, you did a great job!

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Shari said...

Mmm...condensed milk and raspberry-rum. Sounds decadent!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog