Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bourbon & Brown Butter Brownies

As 2011 draws to a close and people make plans to welcome in the new year, I can think of nothing but brownies. Brownies are one of those things that I will randomly get cravings for every few months, and then I will make them and gorge myself to the point where I can't look at brownies for another few months. So this New Year's Eve, you could either work up the energy to make this stunning Pink Champagne & Strawberry Cake, complete with sparklers and chocolate covered strawberries, or you could take the easy route and make these incredibly quick and deliciously satisfying Bourbon & Brown Butter Brownies.
I've already gone on and on about the magic of adding brown butter to baked goods, so I knew that bit was going to be fantastic. But this time I took a leaf out of Lisa's book and boozed these babies up. These brownies are strictly for the grown ups. It's for New Year's Eve after all! The bourbon adds a wonderful depth to these gooey, fudgy brownies (extra gooey and fudgy because I doubled the amount of chocolate in them!). I was also tempted to whip up some boozy chocolate ganache to spread over the top but they tasted pretty great on their own so I decided against it, though feel free to do it if it tickles your fancy.
I hope everyone has had a lovely holidays and is ready for the new year. It's been an exciting, exhausting and tough year for me but I'm ready to take on 2012. These boozy brownies are the perfect dessert to make for any New Year's Eve dinner, serve it warm with some vanilla ice cream and everyone will love it. I am now going to eat way too many of them and will probably regret it later. See you in 2012!
Bourbon & Brown Butter Brownies
(makes 16 brownies)
250g good quality bittersweet chocolate (if you want them to be less gooey/fudgy then only use 175g)
100g butter
120ml (about 1/2 cup) bourbon
2 eggs
3 tbsp dutch process cocoa powder, sifted
75g (about 1/2 cup) plain flour
190g (about 3/4 cup) sugar

Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Grease very well and line the bottom and two long sides of a 20x30cm slice/brownie tin (can be substituted with a 20cm square cake tin but you may have to bake it slightly longer as it will be thicker). Let the baking paper hang over the long edges, it will make it easier to lift brownie out later. Prepare the brown butter; place butter in a small saucepan on low heat until it melts, continue to stir over low heat but keep a close eye on it, as it begins to bubble and the milk solids separate and settle at the bottom of the pan. Stir it frequently at this point, so that the milk solids do not settle at the bottom of the pan for too long and burn. Continue until the mixture turns brown and smells nutty but take care not to leave it for too long or it will taste burnt. Remove from the heat.
Break up chocolate into small pieces place in a heatproof bowl. Heat over a saucepan of boiling water, or very carefully in 30 sec bursts in the microwave. Stir and set aside to cool for a few minutes, then add the brown butter and stir to combine. Sift cocoa powder, sugar and flour into a large mixing bowl. Add melted ingredients, bourbon and eggs to the dry mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Take care not to overmix or the brownies will be tough. Pour into prepared tin.

Bake for about 25 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with a few moist crumbs attached (start checking on it from the 20 minute mark, it is better to undercook it and have to return it to the oven later than to overcook it and let it go dry). Remove from the oven and place tin on a wire rack. Cool completely in tin before removing and cutting into 16 pieces. Can be stored overnight in an airtight container (they actually taste best the day after).
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  1. I am such a good/bad influence! I looove how dark and fudgy they look. Hope you have a wonderful NYE xox

  2. Boozy brownies look fabulous!
    PS. Who would want to add less chocolate and make them not so ooey gooey? I don't think thats an option in my world!

  3. wow these look so fudgey, I can't wait to try them. Happy New Years!

  4. I've heard wonderful things about brown butter in recipes. These look lovely..and I particularly love your chocolat au lait box! Where did you buy it?

  5. Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) - Thanks! Got it on sale from Victoria's Basement :) xx

  6. These brownies look so dark and fudgy. I'm a huge brown butter fan too but have never baked it into brownies - what a great idea. Happy New Year and can't wait to read all the incredible recipes you come up with in 2012 :-)

  7. I adore chewy brownies!!! The idea with the brown butter.. have to try it... By the way the chocolat au lait box looks lovely!

  8. Wow, these look SO good! Yum, great flavors!

  9. Yes, I fully support anything that includes booze and chocolate. These will probably make it to my New Years party....if I decide to share.

  10. Those look so moist and perfectly delicious!

  11. Looks absolutely delicious! I love the crusty sides and the gooey insides. Wanna make a batch right now. Thumbs up for a perfect treat!

  12. I know what you mean about brownie cravings! And this yummy post just kicked off another one for me!

  13. Mmmm gorgeous squares of fudgey chocolatey goodness. I've combined Bourbon and chocolate before, and it really does work so well together, so I can only imagine how good your brownies are.

    Best wishes for the New Year! I hope you have a wonderful 2012.

  14. omg these sound crazy awesome - the perfect boozy dessert for nye! Happy New Year, Steph. I see sweet things ahead :)

  15. I love brownies and these ones sound amazing!

  16. Hi you are my new best friend !!!
    Thanks for killing me Softly with Sugar !


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