Friday, July 17, 2009

Crack is whack...

...and these things will kill you!

Mint Chocolate Brownies
from Everyday Baking

chocolate and butter melting and getting gooey.


the mint part of the brownie!


chocolate and butter all happy together.


layering the peppermint patties into the better.


into the oven!


The final gooey mess. These are pretty ridiculous! The mint patty...the chocolate coating melts...the minty middles do not...so you have a textured treat. Gooey chocolate, chewy mint filling. Very rich and incredibly decadent. No need to gild the lily with icing or a la mode. Enjoy.


8 TB (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
24 small (1 1/2 inch) peppermint patties

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides; butter foil. Set aside.

2. Place chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of gently simmering water. Stir occasionally just until melted, 4 to 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar and salt until smooth; whisk in eggs. Gently whisk in flour and cocoa powder just until smooth (do not over mix).

4. Spread 1/3 of batter in prepared pan. Arrange peppermint patties on batter in a single layer, leaving a narrow border on all sides. Top with remaining batter, and smooth surface. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 45 to 55 minutes.

5. Cool completely in pan. Use foil to lift from pan; peel off foil and discard. Cut into 16 squares (4 rows by 4 rows).

Scott's Notes:
1) I used a foil pan. I sprayed with Pam "Does she got a sistah?". Worked fine. No need for the extra butter or the aluminum foil. If you use a regular pan, you will want the foil lining.
2) The melting of the chocolate & butter took 10 minutes for me. I kept the fire low.
3) I used 24 mint patties...the recipe called for 25...I think the last one was for snacking.
4) When you add the eggs, the batter will start to stiffen up...that's the eggs cooking in the hot chocolate mixture. That's ok. If you're making a custard, that's bad...but with this recipe, it's ok.
5) You really need to let the brownies cool completely before cutting. They will be gooey and if they are warm, you'll have a big fat mess...eat another mint patty while you wait!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? those look unbelievably yummy! -Liz

Faye said...

drool...
Faye

The Kara said...

I'm pretty sure Whitney Houston would endorse these...

Tony said...

So the york patties aren't too big? I would probably be "afraid" and cut them into quarters... but one of us has to be brave and boldly go forth! Looks delish.

ScottE. said...

Yes...Whitney does endorse these...she even plans to have a note about them in the liner notes of her new album, due later this year...they make her wanna dance with somebody...somebody who loves me...

Lady Brandenburg said...

I'm with Anonymous, my first thought, was "are you kidding me?"