Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie : French Chocolate Brownies

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is French Chocolate Brownies chosen by Di at Di's Kitchen Notebook.

These at first taste were not something that I would make again but after a while the taste grows on you. I do not think that this will be my brownie recipe of choice. Even though I used a scant 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon you can taste it. Instead of rum raisins I put in some blueberries. I am not a fan of raisins and do not have any rum in the house although at the rate things are going I might need to get some. I did like how the blueberries tasted in the brownies. The brownies where quick to go together but they took over a hour to cook.

French Chocolate Brownies
- makes 16 brownies -Adapted from 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
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, 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.


CB said...

Mmmm blueberries... YUM!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Chocolate and blueberries? I'll have to try it!

Melissa said...

Great idea with the blueberries!

Lori said...

Too bad you did not enjoy these. Blueberries and chocolate was a wonderful idea.

Christine said...

Blueberries and chocolate! I have got to try it!

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Gretchen Noelle said...

Blueberries? Nice switch!!

Susie Homemaker said...

Blueberries? Yum! I used strawberries - I may try your idea next time (though maybe in a different recipe - like you, this wasn't my fav recipe for brownies...)

Jaime said...

i love the idea of blueberries!

Dolores said...

I thought they were good, but they won't be my go-to recipe for brownies. Way too many dirty dishes. :) The blueberries were a nice touch!