My friends Brandon and Ane are currently obsessed with brownies. I am inspired by this! They buy these doughy smooth ones with crushed biscuits in them which are somehow soft- amazing! They come from Saints Pizza in Fairland (Johannesburg). Brandon and Ane have asked me to pleeeeeeeze try to replicate them. I don't like chasing recipes too much, as I don't think I know tastes well enough yet, but if I can just make some yummy things heading in a certain direction, I'm in!
I was trying to head in a roundabout direction of 'fudgy' and 'includes cookies', but got a little bored.. So I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone, and go with my craving from last week: caramel. I googled 'Dulce de Leche Brownies', and found this! Who would have thought that a random google search would yield something so amazing??
These brownies weren't anything like the Saints Brownies, but I didn't hear a single complaint! They were all gobbled up in a matter of minutes- none leftover at all! A real winner!
I found this recipe here - a website I plan to use a lot more often. This whole recipe came together in a pot- I didn't use any bowls!
Ralph placed and took these photos- gorgeous and whimsical!
115g unsalted butter
170g dark chocolate (I used Cadbury Bournville)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup caramel
1) Preheat oven to 180 C
2) Line an oven container with foil, at the bottom and up the sides (I used a big rectangular Pyrex container, but it should be some like a 20x20 square). Grease the foil with butter or spray&cook.
3) Melt the butter over medium heat. Lower the heat to very low, add the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted.
4) Remove from heat and add cocoa. Whisk until incorporated.
5) Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking after every addition.
6) Add the sugar, then vanilla, and finally the flour. Whisk thoroughly after every addition.
7) Pour half the batter into the baking dish. To me, it looked like too little, but don't worry.
8) Now, take half of the caramel, drop onto the batter, and use a knife to create a marble effect.
9) Add the second half, and repeat the caramel process.
10) Into the oven, and bake for 35 to 45 minutes.
11) Take out of the oven, let cool, and cut into squares. Protect from strangers and loved ones alike.
I couldn't believe how much these were enjoyed. People who said they don't like brownies ate them with SUCH joy. My search for the Saints Pizza brownies isn't over, but I still plan to make these as often as possible! Watching how much Ane enjoyed these has given me new motivation!