Cappuccino Brownies

This is my go to “company” recipe. These came from the July 2009 edition of Bon Appetit magazine. This pic is also theirs.








Cappuccino Brownies


Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, diced
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup all purpose flour

White Chocolate Ganache

6 ounces high-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Perugina), chopped
5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For Brownies

Preheat oven to 325F. Fold 16-inch long piece of foil to 8×16 inch strip; place in 8x8x2-inch metal baking pan, leaving overhang on 2 sides. Repeat with another sheet of foil in opposite direction, lining pan completely. Spray foil with nonstick spray.

Stir butter and chocolate in heavy large saucepan over very low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat; whisk in sugar, then eggs, 1 at a time. Whisk in espresso powder, vanilla, and salt; sift flour over and stir to blend well. Transfer batter to prepared pan.

Bake brownies until puffed and dry-looking and tester inserted into center comes out with some moist batter attached, about 35 minutes; cool completely in pan on rack.

For Ganache

Place white chocolate in medium microwave safe bowl. Bring cream to simmer in a small saucepan. Pour cream over chocolate in bowl. Let stand 30 seconds, then stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. If necessary, microwave on low power in 10-second  intervals until white chocolate is melted completely. Chill until gananche is thick but still slightly pourable, about 25 minutes.

Using foil an aid, lift brownies from pan. Turn over onto sheet of parchment paper; peel off foil.

Pour ganache onto center of brownies; spread to edges (some may drip over). Sprinkle with cinnamon. Chill until ganache is set, at least 2 hours.

Cut brownies into 4 strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 5 or 6 pieces, or cut each strip into 6 triangles. Arrange brownies on platter and serve.

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