Monday, January 18, 2010

Raspberry Brownies

Dennis's absolute favorite flavor combination is raspberry and chocolate. He's tried it in every possible form. Chocolate bars, ice cream, even beer. So when I came across a recipe that combined brownies with raspberry jam I had high hopes.

I did make a few modifications to the original recipe. It called for nuts, but I know most people don't like nuts in their brownies so I left them out. The chocolate chips were also supposed to be a mix of white chocolate and semi-sweet but I used all bittersweet. So just use whichever chocolate is your favorite (or what you have in your cabinet which is what I did).

Dennis gave the brownies two big thumbs up. He recommends heating them up a bit in the microwave so the chocolate chips on top melt a bit. They're pretty rich so you probably can just have one and satisfy your sweet tooth. Though a scoop of ice cream on top wouldn't hurt either...

Raspberry Brownie Recipe

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup raspberry jam
1 2/3 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet or bittersweet would be fine)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2: Lightly grease an 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pan; set aside.
Step 3: In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, and salt; set side.
Step 4: In a large bowl, with an electric mixer beat together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy.
Step 5: Add 2 eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one.
Step 6: Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Step 7: Spread 1 cup of batter into prepared pan.
Step 8: Stir jam until smooth. Drizzle over batter.
Step 10: Beat remaining egg into reserved batter.
Step 11: Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips.
Step 12: Spread batter carefully over top of jam layer..
Step 13: Sprinkle remaining chips over top.
Step 14: Bake for 30-33 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely before cutting onto bars.
Makes 16 brownies.