Sweet and Salty Brownies

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Ok, these brownies.

THEEEESE.

These are majorly major.

 

This is the second recipe that I am posting this week that I made from Baked Explorations.

I know, I have a way of overdoing stuff sometimes.

But I know you’ll agree with me that these are worth a little double dipping.

 

First, let’s get this out of the way…these are Sunday Brownies.  They are a process brownie.  They need some love and care and time.

It’s not a difficult recipe, know that…it’ll just take you a bit more time than cutting open a box, adding egg, oil and water and slapping it a pan.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  Easy now.

 

Anyhow.  There are a few steps involved, so I encourage you to turn on an episode of the Real Housewives and enjoy every minute of the process.

Because they are worth it.

So worth it.

 

Sweet and Salty Brownies

Sweet and Salty Brownies | Cookies and CupsSo let me describe these brownies to you…

They are dense. They are supremely fudgy.

And they have caramel baked in the middle.  Salted caramel.

 

Here’s the difference with these brownies, though..you won’t get a chewy caramel layer.  It LITERALLY bakes right into the batter…leaving a deliciously gooey, brownie, with some salty bits, and caramelly bits, but will leave people who aren’t in the know asking, what IS that?

 

Let’s get this started…

First you have to make the caramel.

It’s a mixture of sugar, corn syrup and water to start…
 photo IMG_6885_zpsb9ef15c3.jpgBoil that for about 8 minutes. It will become a dark amber color…or if you’re a candy thermometer girl, boil it until it reaches 350°.
 photo sweetandsaltycollage_zpsc730b1dc.jpgNext you’ll take that off the heat and add some heavy cream and sour cream.
Sour cream you ask?  It’s weird, right? But trust me. It works.
Set that aside to cool for a bit.

Now make your brownie batter.
Start by melting some dark chocolate and butter together over a double boiler…
 photo IMG_6895_zps32eb95ab.jpgNext mix up your batter. You’ll need to be careful not to over mix the batter…over mixing makes the brownies cakey, and that’s not what we want here…
 photo sweetandsaltycollage2_zps057cb7e2.jpgTo assemble the brownies pour half the batter in a prepared pan, then drizzle the caramel on top of that…
 photo IMG_6904_zps70161eb6.jpgTop with the remaining batter and then bake it up…
As soon as you pull them out of the oven sprinkle on some flaked sea salt…
 photo IMG_6906_zpsec22799d.jpgThey look kind of perfect, don’t you think?

Let them cool before you cut them.
And honestly they are even better the next day, which is kind of a bonus!
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Sweet and Salty Brownies
 
makes 24 brownies
Ingredients
Salted Caramel Filling
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp flaked sea salt
  • ¼ cup sour cream
Brownies
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
  • 12 oz dark chocolate, I used Ghiradelli 60%, coarsely shopped
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • *2 tsp flaked sea salt for garnish, optional
Instructions
Caramel Filling
  1. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup and ¼ cup water, stirring together. Cook on medium high heat until candy thermometer reads 350° OR until mixture turns a dark amber color, about 8 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream (it will bubble up) and the sea salt. Whisk in the sour cream and set aside to cool.
Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, salt and cocoa powder. Set this aside too.
  4. Over a double boiler melt together the dark chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally until melted.
  5. Remove from heat. Whisk in both the sugars until combined.
  6. Next whisk in eggs and vanilla until JUST combined. You don't want to over mix these.
  7. Pour the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and fold in with a spatula. Mix until just incorporated.
  8. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Drizzle ¾ cup of the caramel on top of the brownie batter. Gently spread the caramel over the brownie batter with an offset spatula, careful not to let the caramel touch the edge of the pan, it will burn if it does. Pour the remaining batter over the caramel and spread evenly making sure it covers the caramel layer.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes until the centers are set and toothpick comes out mostly clean.
  11. Sprinkle brownies immediately with 2 tsp of flaked sea salt, if desired.
  12. Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting.
Notes
recipe adapted from Baked Explorations

 

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sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more
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February 7, 2013 8:33 am

oh they look like they are worth every step, yum!

Colleen @ What
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Yes, please! They do seem like a lot of work but totally worth it! And honestly, who doesn’t love a sweet AND salty treat.

Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
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February 7, 2013 8:50 am

I don’t care how long these take to make, I need them in my life. YUM!

Cookbook Queen
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February 7, 2013 8:51 am

And I kinda want to take a bath in that caramel mixture. Which might be weird, but whatever.

Audra | The Baker Chick
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February 7, 2013 9:05 am

Ooh- I adore a Baked Brownie! I made this recipe awhile back and I can agree that they are out of this world! Yours look perfect.

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
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February 7, 2013 9:44 am

These look insanely delicious!! I make baked goods for one of my groups I’m in at school and these are 100% on the docket for next weeks’ meeting 😀

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
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February 7, 2013 10:05 am

I am such a sucker for dense brownies like this. And adding salted caramel makes it even better. 🙂

Aimee @ ShugarySweets
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February 7, 2013 10:05 am

Sweet and salty brownies with a layer of caramel. Definitely worth the time!

DessertForTwo
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February 7, 2013 10:45 am

Yeah, I’m with Kristan. I wanna bathe in that pan.

leana
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leana
February 7, 2013 11:04 am

these look yummy

Karly
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February 7, 2013 11:59 am

I absolutely love these brownies. I Posted about them awhile back and we said pretty much the same thing…they take forever to make and they are even better the next day! Glad we can agree. 🙂

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
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February 7, 2013 12:01 pm

Um yes, pretty darn amazing. I just love those Baked cookbooks. I swear I’ve read mine (cookbooks are my favorite novels) dozens of times. I sometimes even take them with me when I travel…obsessed. Now we actually have to go to one of their bakeries…

Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
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February 7, 2013 12:09 pm

These look absolutely heavenly! Do you think you could substitute a store bought caramel instead of making in from scratch?

Carla @ Carlas Confections
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February 7, 2013 2:07 pm

Um yes! I definitely say they are worth the time! So beautiful!

Tahny
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February 7, 2013 2:15 pm

These just might be what I make my hubby for Valentines! The ultimate brownie! I have to get this book!

Tahny
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February 7, 2013 2:23 pm

I just had a second thought, do you ship?

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
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February 7, 2013 3:07 pm

Mmm what a perfect brownie idea!

Rebecca Ednie
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February 7, 2013 4:31 pm

Sounds good but I’ll leave out the salt.

tracy {pale yellow}
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February 7, 2013 5:24 pm

Baked is my favorite bakery in Brooklyn, anything from one of their cookbooks is bound to be spectacular!

Kathy - Panini Happy
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February 7, 2013 6:03 pm

Supremely fudgy indeed – I can see that from here! I’m highly intrigued by this caramel layer that bakes into the brownies…definitely something I’m gonna need to taste to evaluate. 🙂 I also need to check into this book!

Carolyn
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February 7, 2013 6:17 pm

These do look like wicked awesome brownies, Shelly. And so glad your site is all up and working again!

Caddie
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February 8, 2013 1:04 am

Oh my word!!!!!! This post is evil! Evil-ly goooooood!

Jessica
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February 8, 2013 2:24 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. Um, can you tell I’m craving something sweet and salty? Seriously.

Kristen
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February 8, 2013 1:25 pm

Salty and sweet is my favorite combo. I’m addicted!

Joanne
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February 8, 2013 4:33 pm

I seriously always thought I’d spend my whole life looking for THE perfect brownie. And then I made these. Love.At.First.Bite.

Colette @ JFF!
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February 8, 2013 10:08 pm

Ok, that salted caramel is very interesting…….

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.
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February 9, 2013 2:09 am

These look heavenly!

tara @ live a sweet life
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February 9, 2013 4:21 pm

I want one (or a few) right now. I love that you baked salted caramel into the middle. Looks and sounds super amazing!

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
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February 10, 2013 7:34 pm

Woah! These look totally major. Every time I think of ‘major’ I hear Rachel Zoe saying it in my head. Oye. Too much Bravo. 😉

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
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February 10, 2013 9:10 pm

yes PLEASE

JulieD
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February 11, 2013 8:15 am

Oh my! I’m in love…these brownies look utterly perfect!

Russell van Kraayenburg
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February 11, 2013 4:48 pm

Mmm. Now I want brownies!

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
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February 13, 2013 11:37 pm

Oh. My. Goodness.

It doesn’t matter how many steps, I can tell they’re worth it! Gorgeous…

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Tracy
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February 23, 2013 4:20 pm

I’ve been wanting to make these brownies forever. Fortunately I got this cookbook for Christmas and I’ll be making them very soon!

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