French Chocolate Brownies - Tuesdays with Dorie

Monday, June 2, 2008

French Chocolate Brownies

French Chocolate Brownies
In the library, we have chairs with open backs and just a wooded bar for back support. Sometimes, when I walk by the internet computers, I can see way too much. And I'm not talking about what's on the screen.

Often, I'll walk back to my office and shout, "Call the DEA! It's a crack den out there."

My brownie top was a little like that.

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French Chocolate Brownies
Although blurry, can you see the flame in the left hand corner? My first flambe! This brownie recipe has a handful of raisins, a tiny bit of rum, and a bunch of bittersweet chocolate.

This week's recipe for French Chocolate Brownies (page 92) was selected by Di's Kitchen Notebook. My co-workers liked them (cracked top and all), and I ate so many throughout a long meeting that I gave myself a headache (not the brownie's fault!)

Be sure to check out the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers! And thanks J for the booze!

French Chocolate Brownies
Some roads in Los Angeles are just like this brownie top!
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32 comments:

noskos said... [Reply to comment]

I had the same cracked top on my brownies! Aren't they great!?

Andrea said... [Reply to comment]

I just love the crunchy top. Well done.

Engineer Baker said... [Reply to comment]

Hehe - but these are beautiful with their cracks, whereas the other cracks.... not so much :P

Prudy said... [Reply to comment]

Your crackyly top is artsy beautiful. They look terrific and so does that basket of vegetables from the farmer's market.

April said... [Reply to comment]

Crack and all, they look delish!

C.L. said... [Reply to comment]

I see the flame! I wasn't adventurous enough to try and photograph mine, Great job!

rebekka said... [Reply to comment]

Looks tasty! I didn't get a cruncy top like that...it seems like everyone else did. I'm kind of jealous, it looks good!

Bumblebutton said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats on your first flame!

vibi said... [Reply to comment]

Many Montreal roads are exactly like your Brownies' tops too!
They look absolutely delicious and moist, very French I guess? (your Brownies I mean, not the roads!)
I've seen quite a few this morning and yours are the best, by far.
Great job!

Linda said... [Reply to comment]

Love that cracked top...I think it contrasts nicely with the rich layer right below it.

Mara said... [Reply to comment]

lol re the cracked roads in LA..we have the same roads here in N.CA. i actually kinda liked the cracks in the brownies, it gave it character! fab brownies!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

I had the same cracked top!

The Kitchen Vixen said... [Reply to comment]

My top was just as cracked. They are wonderful the next day. Great job!

Jess said... [Reply to comment]

That is some awesome crackling! Beautiful.

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE how cracked on top your brownie is! I'd want to just pick off the crackly pieces and eat them.

Jayne said... [Reply to comment]

HAHAHAHAHA - crack den? How funny. And I like how the cracks look. On the brownies, I mean.

Jackie said... [Reply to comment]

The brownies look great, even with the cracked tops! That will sometimes happen to mine, too - but not quite that cracked, although I didn't try this recipe...maybe that's yet to come. :)

Mevrouw Cupcake said... [Reply to comment]

I thought that brownies were supposed to have crackly tops? In that case, yours are picture perfect!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Your brownies look delicious! I'm jealous of the cracked top!

Christine said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful cracks! Great job!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Your brownies look delish, cracks and all.

likesprinkles said... [Reply to comment]

I loooove your cracked top. Mine was cracked but not enough to look intentional, you know? Yours actually looks like it's supposed to be that way. I'm insanely jealous!

Rebecca said... [Reply to comment]

Ha! My mom's a high school librarian, and she says the exact same thing. Too. Much. Crack. ;)

Barbara said... [Reply to comment]

You crack me up! I love your bit about the chairs and crack den. I gotta remember that one for work.

Your brownies look so good, especially the crackly tops. Yum!

briannalee said... [Reply to comment]

I love the cracked top, Delicous!

Katie B. said... [Reply to comment]

Hubs and I fought over the brownies - but we fought MORE over the crackly top!!! They were like... brownie potato chips!

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

Who knew those brownies had some flambe in them! They sure were good, snacks almost always make the meetings go better.

Cecilia said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow. Your pictures are gorgeous; bravo on capturing the flambe flame!

The crack analogy made me laugh. I have to admit that I'm guilty of wearing low riders from time to time.

Shari said... [Reply to comment]

Crackles are beautiful, aren't they?! More texture, I say.
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

ostwestwind said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful looking brownies with a perfect cracked top.

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Jaime said... [Reply to comment]

LOL at your comment about the LA roads - i sometimes felt that way when i was in NC :)

your brownies look nice and "rustic" like mine - we both got really thick cracked crusts, while others had a nice, more subtle thin crust...i'm so jealous of them! but at least they still tasted great, right? :)

Jaime said... [Reply to comment]

oh, and great job on your first flambe! if you liked this one, try the brioche raisin snails, the flame was much bigger for those!

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