Mexican Chocolate Brownies made with Ibarra

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mexican Chocolate Valentine's Brownies
Mexican Chocolate Brownies

Recently, I received Mexican chocolate and a bottle of vanilla from Mexico from two co-worker's recent trips. When I saw the recipe for Mexican Chocolate Brownies in Bruce Weinstein's The Ultimate Brownie Book, page 82, I wanted to use my new ingredients. I came close. I couldn't find where I put the Mexican chocolate from Jessica, so I used my stash of Ibarra chocolate.

Mexican Chocolate Valentine's Brownies
Have you had Mexican hot chocolate? It's so yum. I'm disappointed I wasn't introduced to it earlier in life. Two popular brands here are Ibarra and Abuelita. If you haven't had it, it's inexpensive and widely available now (I've even seen it in Target). Get yourself a knife and whisk or blender, and enjoy some yumminess.

Mexican Chocolate Valentine's Brownies
Thanks to Fit Chick of Lady Craddock's Bakery blog who was my Elfster TWD Secret Santa! I got a box full of lovely sprinkles and exactly-what-I've-been-looking-for white cupcake holders. My friends and I used lots of the Christmas sprinkles over the holidays...and I was so excited to use these heart sprinkles. Aren't these soooo cute?!

Mexican Chocolate Valentine's Brownies
3 circles of Ibarra chocolate along with 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate get melted with 1 1/2 sticks butter.

Mexican Chocolate Valentine's Brownies Mexican Chocolate Valentine's Brownies
After the chocolate cools for about 10 minutes, beat in 1 cup plus 2 T light brown sugar. Next, beat in 3 eggs one at a time. I added 2 t of my Mexican vanilla. The dry ingredients are folded in...1 3/4 c four, 1/2 t baking powder, 1/2 t salt. Baked at 350 for 25 minutes. I topped mine with melted white chocolate and my cool hearts.

Mexican Chocolate Valentine's Brownies
Hum, were these my favorite? Well, they were good, but just not what I imagined. I love, love Mexican Hot Chocolate (I make it with soy milk) and I guess I thought these would be the same in a square! :) I can't pinpoint what it was...the texture wasn't my favorite and I guess I love the "milky-ness" of the hot chocolate and that wasn't replicated here. I've made Mexican Chocolate Pudding from Martha's site and that was delicious - perhaps because of the milk base. Anyway, they were fun to make as a Valentine's treat!
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betty geek said... [Reply to comment]

You are definitely in a Valentine mood with these romantic treats!

I also made brownies a few days ago and will post the results soon. It satisfied my chocolate and peanut butter combo cravings. ;)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Those little heart sprinkles are awesome. I want some :)

I've never had Mexican hot chocolate but I feel like maybe it's something I should look into!

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

I just made brownies the other day... I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mexican hot chocolate. I usually buy Abuelita chocolate discs. Did you know they now make Abuelita hot chocolate syrup? It's not that great.

These brownies sound so good. I'm sorry they weren't better.

Also, the ONLY vanilla I have ever used and will ever use is Mexican vanilla. I ran out over Christmas :-( but my grandma brought me some back when she went to Mexico. Now I have a huge bottle of it. It just smeels so good.

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

I am almost ashamed to admit I have never had Mexican chocolate, but I have been seeing so many recipes with it lately, I have to try some soon!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

These look amazing! They really do! I have not made brownies is such a long time, I wish I could find these brands here, I remember them but.... ah "sigh"

Pearl said... [Reply to comment]

i LOVE the ibarra disks! i love the song that accompanies it even more :) i did it once for an english presentation!

Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

OK, I'm back...I was momentarily distracted by that gorgeous jello. I was fascinating by this book. You picked a wonderful-sounding, exotic but still reasonably "normal" brownie. I have to say I copied down (and have been tempted to make) their creamed corn brownies (no, I'm not kidding) just to see if there's any possible way they could be good. (They probably are.)

Donna-FFW said... [Reply to comment]

These sound absolutely delicious. I'll have to try and find mexican hot chocolate and give them a try. Your photos are once again lovely!!

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

What a sweet treat! The brownies are so festive!! I love them!

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

They look so pretty! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about them.

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

Fun, fun, fun! Love the sprinkles and white chocolate drizzle. Too bad the brownies didn't taste the way you'd hoped they would.

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said... [Reply to comment]

I've never had Mexican chocolate, but I'll take your word for it. These brownies look delicious!

Karen said... [Reply to comment]

I love mexican hot chocolate!

Chocolate Shavings said... [Reply to comment]

Those look delicious - and I 'm a great fan of Mexican hot chocolate.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

These are so festive with the heart sprinkles. I've never tried making brownies with Mexican chocolate. Thanks for inspiring me to give it a try.

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

Oh these are just SO cute! How festive!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Have you ever tried making Mexican hot chocolate using almond milk? It's a good alternative to milk or soy because the subtle almond flavor actually compliments the Mexican hot cocoa!

Dee said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, I so want that chocolate! I've heard about mexican chocolate but have never tried it. And it's not available in Malaysia :( I'll bet those brownies tasted amazing!

How To Eat A Cupcake said... [Reply to comment]

Fun to make and SUPER adorable! Very awesome souveniers you got from Mexico! :D

TeaLady said... [Reply to comment]

I love the ibarra mexican chocolate. Found some in Houston and bought two boxes. I haven't made the hot chocolate yet, but will. YOur brownies look fantastic.

Coco Cake Land said... [Reply to comment]

these look soooo cute....!! and yummy looking too!

J.L. Danger said... [Reply to comment]

well, at any rate they look great!

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

How cute these brownies. Theylook delicious too

test it comm said... [Reply to comment]

Those brownies look good! I like the sound of using Mexican chocolate in brownies.

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