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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Art of the Table's One Bowl Brownies

Hi! I'm Wendy from The Local Cook, where I blog about eating simply and in season. I'm so excited to be a new contributor to OUR KrAzy kitchen.  I'll be here the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Today I'm going to share with you a recipe that I just found and sampled yesterday at Art of the Table. Art of the Table is a local food specialty shop in West Michigan, and they had some products from Beanilla that they were sampling so, of course I had to go check it out (I never pass up free tastings!).

This is the owner of Beanilla, and I was excited to sample these brownies, which featured vanilla salt! For some reason I've been reading a lot about using salt in desserts, and I have to say - it adds a depth of flavor that is amazing. Salty, sweet, now you don't have to choose!
The Recipe for One Bowl Brownies

Ingredients:
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup caramels (chopped)
  • Vanilla sea salt
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on high for two minutes or until butter is melted.
  3. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and then stir sugar into chocolate.
  4. Mix in eggs and vanilla until well blended.
  5. Stir in flour and nuts.
  6. Spread in a greased 9x13 pan.
  7. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out with fudgy crumbs.
  8. Immediately drizzle the pan with the chopped caramels.
  9. Allow to cool in pan for a bit and then sprinkle with the vanilla sea salt.
Shortcut: Use a boxed brownie mix, and use the sea salt and caramel to add a special touch.

Longcut: Make your own caramel (here's an excellent tutorial by David Lebovitz) and/or vanilla sea salt (just mix 1/4 C of sea salt with the seeds from one vanilla bean and let it sit at room temperature).

13 comments:

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

These look amazing Wendy. One of my family's favorite holiday treats is Salted Chocolate so I can imagine how salt would be awesome in brownies. Welcome to the team! :)

Salted Chocolate

The Local Cook said...

thank you so much! I'm glad to be able to meet new online friends :-D

Lyndsey said...

It's nice to meet you and welcome! These brownies look awesome. I have been getting into using a lot of finishing salts lately and I have tried some salted chocolate. I love it, I think that's why I always liked the chocolate pretzels.

My family is in west Michigan. I always have to bring back a few items that they have there and we can't get here in Florida!

Martha (MM) said...

I love sweet and salty together so I'm sure these would be delicious! I like the shortcut for using a box mix too since I tend to be a half-homemade kind of cook.
Welcome to Our Krazy Kitchen Krew Wendy!

The Local Cook said...

Thank you so much for the warm welcome! And yes, while I like the IDEA of making everything from scratch, sometimes a girl's got to just do the best she can.

Louanne said...

Welcome! These look yummy!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Hmmmm....chocolate....my 1st love (not counting wine, of course!)....caramel....a close second....,salt....=YUMMO!
I will have to try these!
Isn't Art of the Table the best?

The Local Cook said...

Cindy - yes, Art of the Table is the best! A bit pricey, so I keep an eye out for the free samples and specials :-)

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

They look deeeeeeeevine!!!!

Laura @ The Things I Said I'd Never Do said...

Oh boy. I think I much just have to run to the store RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND for ingredients! yummy!

Ginny Marie said...

I've always loved that sweet and salty combo, like in kettlecorn. This recipe sounds awesome!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I would have to stay far, far away from these. Sinful!

Linda :) said...

My boys love brownies and I was intrigued by the caramel for them but will have to look into the vanilla sea salt for me... :)

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