Thanks to the recipe app on my ipad, I’ve been inputting recipes for weeks. I’m not complaining, this actually gives me a chance to try all the recipes I’ve had and didn’t try. It “surprises me” with random recipes, so I’ve been making something different near everyday. I love it.
This time it gave me Coffee N Cream Brownies. Where I got the recipe? I’ve no idea. But it’s an interesting take on brownies using instant coffee. Let’s try this shall we:
First, melt some unsweetened chocolate and butter in a saucepan. I have tons of unsweetened chocolate. Think I went bonkers on a clearance sale. Then I realized not many recipes actually CALL for unsweetened chocolate. Oh well.
I don’t care what anyone says, there is something sexy about melted chocolate
Then put some eggs, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
Stir in the melted chocolate goodness.
Now combine flour and baking soda
And add that to all the other stuff
While that’s baking, go ahead and make the frosting. It’s interesting because it calls for powdered sugar, soft butter, heavy whipping cream and instant coffee. The instant coffee doesn’t dissolve though, it leaves specks through the frosting. It’s SUPPOSED to dissolve mind you, mind didn’t.
And make the glaze. Melting whipping cream and chocolate chips together.
While all that’s going, take out the brownies and cool them on a wire rack. Perhaps maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to maybe perhaps have a little taste of the brownie at this point. Maybe. Perhaps.
Once it’s cool enough, go ahead and frost it with the coffee frosting.
Now dump the chocolate glaze on it.
Stick it in the fridge to cool.
At first check, it didn’t appear the glaze was going to harden. Which is a great tragedy because I love taking half of everything I make and freezing it for lunches or snacks. But sure enough it did harden up quite nicely.
The verdict? Pretty freakin’ good. The coffee adds an interesting, bold taste that holds a little bit of bitter against a background of very sweet and I really liked it. I didn’t have a whole one because, well, there isn’t enough insulin in the world, but my “testers” really liked it. I ask them to judge my recipes not by whether or not they are “good” but whether or not it’s something they’d “request” again. I have literally thousands of recipes and the name of the game is to get RID of the ones that aren’t totally awesome. That is if I live long enough to make all of them.
So I suggest you try this if you love brownies. Course you shouldn’t do this if you are diabetic. Come to think of it, you shouldn’t do this at all because it’s bad for you. But it’s a yummy, yummy bad for you.
Coffee N Cream Brownies
1/2 cup butter
3 squares, 1 oz each, unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tb heavy whipping cream
1 tsp instant coffee
2 tb butter, softened
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 cup, 6oz, semi sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
In a saucepan over low, melt butter and chocolate. Cool slightly.
In a small mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar and vanilla. Stir in the chocolate mixture.
Combine the flour and baking soda, add to chocolate mixture.
Spread into a greased 8×8 pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Do not over bake. Cool on wire rack.
For filling, combine cream and coffee in a small bowl. Stir until coffee is dissolved.
In small mixing bowl, beat butter and confectioner’s sugar. Add coffee mixture. Beat until creamy. Spread on brownies.
In a small saucepan combine chips and cream. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is thickened. Spread over filling. Let stand 30 minutes. Cut into squares and store in refrigerator. 16 brownies.