sea salt brownies

I did say that I would chill out on the chocolate themed desserts that started to take over this blog but we had a birthday up in here and the birthday boy loves him some brownies. But I didn’t want to make the same ‘ol and lucky for all you chumps, I remembered a pin I pinned back in the olden days. No seriously, this was one of my first pins.

These were unreal. We both have a real thing for salt so I obviously added WAY more than the recipe called for and I’m glad I did because these aren’t too sweet but they are freaking rich and the salt cut it nicely.

Look at how delicious those look? Don’t you just want to lick your monitor? Don’t. Don’t do that. Stop it! People are staring at you!

SEA SALT BROWNIES (adapted from here)

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon Maldon sea salt

Step 1: Get excited.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 9-inch square metal cake pan with foil, draping the foil over the edges. Lightly butter the foil.

Step 3: In a large saucepan, melt the butter with the unsweetened chocolate over very low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Whisking them in one at a time until thoroughly incorporated, add the cocoa, sugar, eggs, vanilla and flour. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Sprinkle the salt evenly over the batter. Using a butter knife, swirl the salt into the batter.

Step 4: Bake the brownies in the center of the oven for about 35 minutes, until the edge is set but the center is still a bit soft and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out coated with a little of the batter. Let the brownies cool at room temperature in the pan for 1 hour, then refrigerate just until they are firm, about 1 hour. Lift the brownies from the pan and peel off the foil. Cut the brownies into 16 squares. Serve at room temperature.

Step 5: Step 4 seems ridiculous but just do it, okay?

And because you obviously can’t get enough of me, I’m over at Lisa’s blog participating in her amazing At the Moment series!