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Thursday, April 24, 2014

German Chocolate Brownies


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...We had our second Easter dinner tonight. The first, which also happened to be our 51st wedding anniversary, was a bit of a disaster. Truth be told, I nearly cremated a leg of lamb that I thought was safely spinning on the spit of our new grill. Like Enrico, the troubadour in Il Trovatore, I was distracted and in my haste to start, finish and prioritize chores, I left both burners, as well as the rotisserie element of the grill on high. Within 40 minutes there was an inch of char covering my gorgeous, and I might add pricey, leg of lamb. Needless-to-say, we had pizza, as well as some interesting side dishes, for dinner Sunday night. Determined to do better, and to prove to myself that some kitchen witch had not stolen my culinary prowess, I recreated our Easter dinner tonight. I'm happy to report I still have game. The Silver Fox loved the brownies I made for dessert, so I thought I'd share them with you. I know you already have a gazillion recipes for brownies, but these German chocolate bars are so nice that I thought they might entice you to add just one more recipe to your collection. The recipe is based on one that first appeared in Cook's Country magazine, so rest assured, the brownies are worth your time, effort and dinero. I know you will enjoy them. Here is how they are made.



German Chocolate Brownies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Cook's Country magazine

Ingredients:
Brownies
1 package (11-1/2 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chips
8 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 cup flour
Pecan Coconut Frosting
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 egg and 1 egg yolk, beaten
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Optional Drizzle
1/3 cup melted semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, allowing foil to overhang sides of pan. Coat foil-lined pan with vegetable spray.
2) Melt chocolate chips, butter and cocoa powder in a microwave, about 1-3 minutes, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds. Let cool slightly.
3) Beat sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt together in a large bowl until combined, about 15 seconds. Beat in chocolate mixture until smooth. Beat in flour just until no streaks remain. (Note: if you don't have an electric mixer, a spoon works just fine)
4) Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out with just a few crumbs, about 35 to 40 minutes.
5) Let cool completely on a wire rack.
6) Meanwhile, combine evaporated milk, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla and cornstarch in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut. Spread on brownies while still warm. Allow frosting to set completely before cutting the brownies. If desired, drizzle additional melted chocolate over top of brownies. When frosting is set grab foil and remove brownies from the pan. Cut into bars. Yield: about 25 (1-1/2 inch) bars.

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10 comments :

Ginny said...

I am glad to hear that you make mistakes sometimes just like us.Because I do envision you as queen of the kitchen. I am sorry about the ruination, though.

Kim G. said...

For me, there is never enough brownies recipes:)

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

So sorry about your first dinner, though I chuckled a little at the chaos as you described it. No question you would have had no trouble the second time.

H.M. said...

I want to congratulate you on your anniversary. Quite an accomplishment. Cannot wait to try the German Choco Brownies. My daughter loves the cake, so these should be a real treat. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes, and for sharing your life with us.

David said...

Mary, I've had German chocolate cake many times...but never German Chocolate brownies. They really look good! Thanks for the recipe. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Rhodesia said...

Mary these sound amazing, I have never seen chocolate chips here but I will be on the look out for them now. I hope you are well, take care Diane

Mary Callan said...

What a gorgeous treat!
Mary

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

Wow Mary - these sound and look wonderful. I love Cook's Country recipes - but haven't seen this one. Sorry about your leg-o-lamb, I swear I have recipes issues that come in threes - glad you got over yours so quickly! Have a lovely weekend.

Vicki Bensinger said...

Wow Mary, 51 years - that's incredible and wonderful. My husband and I will be celebrating 30 years in May and I think that's terrific but 51 WOW. Well at least you can say it's one anniversary you won't forget. Let's face it, it's not about the food but who you share it with.

I'm a huge fan of German Chocolate Cake so these brownies would be devoured by me quickly. I'm saving the recipe to try next time I want to make some brownies. Thanks for sharing and Happy Anniversary!

Gloria Baker said...

love these chocolate brownies dear Mary:)

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