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16 July 2009 @ 10:46 am
Brownies with Sweet Berries.  







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This is one of my favorite summertime desserts because there's always such a wonderful assortment of fresh fruits to be found. The brownies are rich and fudgey without being too sweet, which compliments the berries perfectly. I used strawberries this time since they were $1/lb at my local store, but this would be wonderful with raspberries, blueberries or blackberries as well. Or any combination!


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Gather your ingredients. Bakers chocolate, sugar, flour, baking soda, vanilla, 2 eggs and butter.

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Start by coarsely chopping your bakers chocolate. This requires a very sharp knife or a food processor. I hate getting my processor dirty for such a small thing so I used a knife, be careful and watch your fingers!

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Also cube your butter. You don't *have* too, but it helps it melt faster.

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Put them both in a medium saucepan and melt slowly at low heat. You could also do this in a double boiler. But I didn't. Wanna fight about it?

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Melt until all the lumps are gone and the chocolate is smooth. I warn you not to stick your finger in and taste it because no matter how delicious and smooth and creamy and wonderful it looks...you will be very very sorry. I think we all learned this lesson as children actually...
But I digress.
Put the chocolate aside to cool.

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While it cools, go ahead and chop up your berries (or just rinse them if you're not using large berries).

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Place them in a dish and sprinkle with 2 generous tablespoons of sugar. You can also drizzle a shot of Rum or Grand Marnier over them to make delicious drunken berries. But I didn't have any in the house so I just stuck to sugar. But oh man..the liqueur makes them THAT much more wonderful. Trust me. I'm a scientist.
Cover the berries with saran wrap and put them in the fridge to soak up all the goodness and get nice and chilled.

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Your chocolate should be cool now, so go ahead and add your sugar and mix.

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Then add the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each one. (This is why the chocolate needs to be cooled. If you add the eggs while it's still hot/warm, they'll cook. And that is very very very bad.). You can also toss in your vanilla now as well.

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Now, if I had been thinking ahead, I would have used a LARGE saucepan or pot and just used that as my bowl. But I wasn't, so I just poured the chocolate into a large mixing bowl. Now is your chance to correct my mistake! Use a large enough pot and you'll have one less dish to clean.

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Add the flour and baking soda and mix until just combined. You could sift it first, but I never sift. Sifting is for sissies and people who actually went to culinary school. Me? I'm a rebel and lazy.

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Mmm...sweet chocolate deliciousness.

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Pour the batter into a VERY WELL GREASED pan. I used a very large pan (I don't even know the dimensions because it's so old that the writing on the bottom has worn away) and ended up with very flat, but dense brownies. Which are perfect as a base for the berries. But you go ahead and use whatever pan you love best.
If I had a pan that was all edges, I'd use that. I loooooove brownie edges.

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Pop 'em in a 350 oven for 20-30 minutes or until you can poke it with a toothpick that comes out clean. Your house will smell amazing and all boyfriends, husbands, and sons within a 1 mile radius will start to migrate in your direction. Be prepared to wack hands with a wooden spoon while yelling "NO! NO! THOSE ARE FOR DESSERT! GET OUT OF MY KITCHEN!".
I'll happen.
Trust me.

They're best if you serve them while still slightly warm, the chilled berries are perfect with warm gooey brownie.
Otherwise cool them, slice them and store in a tupperware or under saran wrap until you're ready to serve.

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Generously spoon the berries over the brownie. You can also top it with fresh whipped cream, or add a dollop of vanilla ice cream if it's an extra hot day. This recipe is super versatile and so much fun to play around with.

Let me know what you come up with!

Now go and Enjoy <3

Fudgey Brownies
3 oz. Bakers Chocolate
1/2 c. Butter
1 c. Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
2/3 c. Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coarsely chop the chocolate and cube the butter. Place in medium (or large if you don't want to move to a bowl later) saucepan. Melt over low heat. Place to one side and allow to cool.
After chocolate has cooled, mix in sugar. Add eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
Add flour and baking soda and mix until just combined. Pour into well greased pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Serves 9.

Sweet Berries
2-3 cups fresh berries
2 tbl. sugar
1 oz. Rum or other liqueur (optional)

Rinse and chop berries. Place in large dish and sprinkle with sugar. Drizzle with liqueur and stir to combine. Place covered in fridge until well chilled. Serve over warm brownies or ice cream.