Monday, June 15, 2009

Seduction Brownies


Wikipedia says about seduction that "the word seduction stems from Latin and means literally 'to lead astray'."

I don't know what it is about brownies. I just can't resist them. Cakey, fudgey, with nuts, without, frosted, glazed, or however they're tarted up, I am unable to walk away and forget about them. When I visit a food blog and a luscious brownie is posted, I don't groan and say, "Oh, no, not another brownie!" I drool over it, copy the recipe to my burgeoning brownie file, and then when the urge gets too strong, I bake them. And then, do I really need to tell you that I eat them?


I have an embarrassing number of brownies on the blog already, but don't get your hopes up. I'm not done. Not by a long shot. So if you're one of the "oh, no, not another brownie" crowd, just click along to another site. But if you're like me, a slave to wanton chocolate desire, bookmark this trollop. A luscious, dense, moist brownie, that teases from beneath a silky smooth layer of ganache. You know you want it.

Seduction Brownies
- adapted from The Great Book of Chocolate by David Lebovitz

1/2 cup (1 stick or 115 gm) unsalted butter
4 oz (115 gm) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup (200 gm) sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup (105 gm) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (65 gm) chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans

Ganache;
1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream
2 oz (60 gm) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped


1- Preheat oven to 325 deg F ( 160 C) with a rack in the center position. Butter an 8-inch (20-cm) square baking dish.

2- In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate, stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, then the eggs, and vanilla.

3- Mix in the flour and nuts, stirring just till incorporated. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

4- Bake for 25 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

5- In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the heavy cream and chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat and let it cool briefly, until spreadable. Either spread the ganache over the brownies while they're in the pan, or after you've removed them from the pan and cut them into 16 squares.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

When I think "luscious trollop" I think of you and your site full of wonderful treats. Well, mostly you of course, but the brownies are a bonus. And these were to die for.

And before the good readers of this blog get too scandalized by this titillating conversation, this comment was brought to you by the Cookie baker's husband.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Trollop - I remember looking up this word in high school and finding it irresistible but it was hard to be able to use it then without causing a riot ;)
So, perhaps these should be
Brownies to Seduce the Trollop

Really I'll never be in the oh no not another brownie crowd.

Marjoke said...

Umpf, the shiny glaze makes me mouthwatering and the recipe doesn't look too complicated.

Debbie said...

Oh those look delicious. Wish I could just pull one of those through this computer!

mommalilone said...

I think since I am pregnant that I need these. ;) Now if I could only get someone else to make them for me.

Justin said...

i'm definitely not in that "oh no" club. I say, bring on the brownies...

VeggieGirl said...

I'm seduced, haha :-D Bring on the brownie food porn!!

the twins said...

those look amazing, thanks for the recipe!

Maria said...

These brownies can seduce me anytime!

Melinda said...

Totally seduced. Take me brownie, I am yours!

Aimée said...

I love that my hubby is not the only guy married to a blogger who leaves racy comments on my posts!

Don't you know? Brownies are the new cupcakes. Don't stop with the recipes.

Abby said...

I LOVE brownies. The quest for the perfect one is like the quest for the perfect chocolate chip: the hunt never gets old!

Plus it's a D. Leibovitz recipe. Of COURSE we have to try it!

Lunch Buckets said...

Well let me tell you missy you have just lost yourself a reader. If I wanted to read trash like this I'd go to the Walmarts and buy me a Harlequin Romance. No, now don't try to talk me out of it with your soft pretty words and sweet sweet chocolate lusssshhhhhh .... Okay fine. You win. I'm seduced. Do me! DO ME! DO MEEEEEE!. Sorry. No more Starbucks before bedtime. Pinky swear.

Grace said...

don't ever stop with the brownies. ever. that's a highly-appropriate recipe name, as these are luscious and would appear to be completely irresistible.

eatme_delicious said...

Haha love how you described these brownies as trollops. ;) They look delicious! I never get tired of seeing brownies.

Katrina said...

Ooh, yum!

We Are Not Martha said...

Who doesn't love brownies?? Especially ones that promise to seduce?? I'm totally down with that :) They look deliciously fudgey!

Sues

thecookieshopinenglish said...

(sigh) so little time and so many brownies I haven't tasted yet... I'd better run and make yours fast!

Martha said...

I'm with you on the brownie front, Lynn. I don't think I'll ever be done collecting and trying brownie recipes. These look seductive, indeed.

Kristen said...

Oh, yes. These are now on the 'to make' list. :) Now excuse me while I go wipe up the drool. LOL

BigSis said...

I'm SO with you, sister! I'm not a sweets eater, but I adore brownies and I'm obsessed a little it with finding the best recipe ever. Thanks for bringing us another brownie to try! It looks so moist and fudgey!

bakingblonde said...

Those look deliciously sinful!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those are definately seductive!

CookiePie said...

Oh no - you can NEVER have too many brownies! These look soooo yummy!

Kristen said...

Oh, my. I made these yesterday (adding in some chopped up Girl Scout cookies) and they are truly a mouthgasm. So keeping this recipe forever. :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Oooh! The way you described these brownies, it sounded like something out of romance novel! Got me all steamed up :P
I lovvve brownies, and would have a blog dedicated solely to it I could!

Dolce said...

These look indeed damn good. As for myself, I baked blondies this week-end and since then their soft texture has been hauting me so maybe there is a real seduction thing about brownies and blondies as well?

Irene said...

this is so GOOD! I baked 2, 1 for hubby's ofc & 1 for son's sch. They all enjoyed it! tks!

Bill Medifast said...

Seduction brownies that work. Perfect! I wish I wasn't the male baking these because I know I'd do anything my wife asked me to if I found these in the house after a long day of work.

Thanks for sharing this, going to have to delete my history so she doesn't see this recipe and seduce me into vaccuuming the floors ;)

Bill M.

grace said...

*adds to brownie file* - I have to make these! They look sinful