My cousins and I grew up like siblings on Long Island. You've heard me speak of them before. They are an awesome group of men and women with whom I share a rich history. I spent several days this past week on the island helping my mom, and I embraced the opportunity to spend time with as many cousins as I could find while I was there. Intertwined with our shared history, amidst the hugs and the love and the support, food consistently brought us together. Whether it was the rice pudding sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, lovingly prepared by Victor, or the roast turkey and Pinot Grigio dinner at Rochelle's art-filled home, or a light lunch out a local café followed by shopping with Ricki; food helped to nurture and sustain us, helped to make us laugh as we continue to share life's joys and sorrows.
When I came home I had the urge to create something sweet that was grown up, with a playful kid-like sensibility, a treat that mirrored the feelings I had when I was with my cousins. These Dark Chocolate Krispie Brownies are reminiscent of Rice Krispie treats. For grown-ups, they are smooth and sinfully rich. Full or creamy dark chocolate, they were just what the doctor ordered.
Make them and enjoy.
I look forward to seeing you in my kitchen, gathering flavors, soon.
ARK CHOCOLATE KRISPIE BROWNIES
Yield: 36 Brownies
Ingredients and Equipment:
One 9 by 13 inch baking pan, lined with parchment paper and buttered liberally
- 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter
- 9 ounces chocolate (dark, bittersweet or semi-sweet, chips or coarsely chopped)
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cake flour
- ¾ cup Rice Krispies
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Place the butter and the chocolate in a large microwave safe bowl. Cover with clear plastic wrap and set in microwave. Cook on high two minutes. Using oven mitts, remove the bowl from the microwave. Remove the plastic wrap. Mix the melted butter and chocolate together. Allow to cool slightly.
- Place the granulated sugar and eggs in a large mix bowl. Add the eggs and whisk together. Add the vanilla extract and salt. Whisk again.
- Add the egg/sugar mixture to the melted chocolate and butter, whisking vigorously to incorporate all the ingredients together. Gradually sift in the flour, adding a bit at a time and stirring with a wire whisk. (Sifting the flour in a bit at a time will help you avoid creating lumps in the batter.) When the flour is fully incorporated, add one cup of the Rice Krispies. Stir to combine.
- Scrape the better in to the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
- Bake the brownies for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the top is shiny and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- While the brownies are still warm, sprinkle the top with the remaining quarter cup of Rice Krispies.
- When they are completely cool, cut into 32 rectangles.
- Serve and enjoy.