Friday, October 3, 2014

Training Table Brownies

Ingredients for Brownies:
· 2 sticks plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
· 4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate
· 2 cups white sugar
· 1 cup light brown sugar
· 7 eggs
· ½ teaspoon salt
· 2 teaspoons vanilla
· 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
· ¾ cup cocoa powder
· ½ teaspoon baking powder

Ingredients for Frosting:
· 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
· 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
· 4-6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
· 1 teaspoon vanilla
· Pinch of salt
· 1 (12-ounce) bag of semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. To make the brownies: melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and add the baking chocolate. Stir until the chocolate has melted. Remove the pot from the heat. Add the sugars and stir until incorporated into the butter and chocolate. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.
3. While the chocolate and sugar mixture is cooling, crack the eggs into a medium-sized bowl. Beat with a fork until the yolks and whites are mixed. Add the salt and vanilla to the eggs and mix. Pour the eggs into the cooled chocolate and sugar mixture and stir together.
4. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder in a large bowl. Pour the flour mixture into the chocolate and egg mixture and stir until a thick batter forms.
5. Grease an 18x13-inch sheet pan with butter. Line the bottom of the sheet pan with parchment paper and grease the top of the parchment paper with butter. Lightly flour. Pour the batter onto the sheet pan and spread in an even layer. Bake for 25 minutes.
6. To make the frosting: place the butter in a stand mixer. Add the confectioners’ sugar, 4 tablespoons whipping cream, vanilla and salt. Turn the mixer to low until the sugar is incorporated, then mix on medium until a thick frosting forms. Melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler. With the mixer running on low, pour the warm melted chocolate into the frosting. Mix until all the chocolate is incorporated into the frosting. Increase the speed to medium. Beat until frosting is fluffy, adding 1-2 tablespoons whipping cream if needed.
7. Immediately frost the brownies. Let the frosting set on the brownies for an hour before wrapping in plastic wrap. Cut into squares.

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