Thursday, February 19, 2009

Time for a Pick-Up

No, not that type of pick-up. I am happily married woman after all. But after the last couple of posts, I feel a little "pick me up" is in order. The espresso in these brownies should do the trick.

Dark Chocolate Espresso Brownies
Source: Giada DeLaurentiis

You will need:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons plus two teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1 box brownie mix (I usually use Duncan Hines dark chocolate mix)
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9x13 inch metal baking pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together 1/3 cup of water, oil, eggs and 2 tablespoons of the espresso powder in a large bowl. Add the brownie mix and stir until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Transfer the batter to the baking pan. Bake for approximately 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Cool completely.
  3. To make the glaze, dissolve the remaining 2 teaspoons of espresso powder in the remaining 2 tablespoons of water in a medium bowl. Whisk in the vanilla. Add the powdered sugar and butter. Whisk until smooth. Pour the glaze over the brownies and refrigerate until set. Cut into bite-size pieces and serve.

In the original version of the recipe, Giada uses an instant espresso powder by Medaglia D'Oro. This most recent time, I was out of the instant stuff so I used 2 tablespoons of Illy ground espresso for the batter. For the glaze I brewed a shot of espresso and used 2 tablespoons of that in place of the instant mixed with cold water. It turned out just as good, if not better than the original version.


A Feminist Gold Digger said...

Is Giada alien? How else would she have that figure, and be a chef?

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Umm, can I have some of these now?? They look gooooood!

amber said...

i'll take one of those!

<3 giada <3

Grace said...

Yum, that looks delicious. It also reminds me that I've been meaning to make her Nutella deep fried wontons.

How Giada remains so thin is a mystery to me as well.