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Friday, July 18, 2014

Sea Salted Caramel Brownies!

In the Lucak Kitchen, we enjoy cooking and baking from scratch.  We enjoy making, sharing and eating most of our creations.  From hubby experimenting with combining recipes to the kids jumping in to help, there is usually something happening in the kitchen.  Their favorite is helping to make homemade waffles and cooking their own eggs.  There are herbs that are added to scrambled eggs and frittatas flying in and out of the oven.

Here is a fabulous recipe I thought I would share with you.  It is fast, easy and mouth watering.  Today we will be sharing a meal with friends for lunch and then more friends for dinner, so thought it would be a great opportunity to make these as they have been on my radar :)

INGREDIENTS
Brownies
  • ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1¾ cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Caramel Sauce
  1. Make your own homemade caramel sauce, or do what I did and use caramel sauce from a jar?
  2. You may choose to add the caramel sauce to the batter as I did or drizzle on the top of the cooled brownies.  Experimenting, I actually did a little of both.  I poured the brownie batter in the pan and then added caramel sauce that I then swirled into the batter.  When they came out of the oven I drizzled some on top as well.

INSTRUCTIONS
Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 12 baking dish with parchment paper or butter and flour.
  2. Melt the butter and 1 cup of the semisweet chocolate chips in a medium bowl set over simmering water. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, vanilla and sugar.
  4. Stir in the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture.
  5. Once combined, add the unsweetened cocoa powder.
  6. In a medium bowl, sift together ½ cup of the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the chocolate mixture.
  7. Toss the remaining ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips in the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour. Add to the chocolate mixture.
  8. Spread evenly in a prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake.
  9. Once cooled enough to handle, drizzle caramel over baked brownies.
  10. Sprinkle sea salt over top, if desired.  (Remember salt brings out the flavor in all foods, even desserts and chocolate)!!!

I tasted them for you and YUMMMMM!!!!   They are sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next gathering ;)  I encourage you to invite someone to share a meal with you.  We have friends that we take turns hosting for family dinners.  It is so nice to receive and invite and such a blessing to invite others.  Give it a try!  You'll be glad you did.

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."  1 Corinthians 10:31

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