From the Recipe Box: Salted Brownie Bites

by kitchenarian on February 10, 2011

I am one of those people that loves the whole sweet and salty in your mouth kind of goodness and I know I am in good company. I was recently looking for a small bite size chocolate dessert to incorporate into a dessert medley for my husband’s birthday dinner. He wanted buttermilk pie and while I know that his birthday really is supposed to be all about him, it didn’t have quite the flair I wanted for his celebration. So I thought a small medley of desserts might be in order and I knew the perfect combination. A small slice of his favorite buttermilk pie – sweet, old-fashioned and uncomplicated and then match it with a bite of something a little decadent – densely chocolate and surprisingly salty. And we had the perfect dessert offering for the event.

I have adapted a recipe from Food & Wine and taken some ideas from my favorite recipe for espresso brownies to come up with this salted brownie. Then I added a chocolate sauce, just because it seemed the right thing to do.  This brownie was an instant favorite!

Ingredients:

1 ½ sticks unsalted butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (Scharffen Berger)
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon sea salt

Sauce:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
fleur de sel

Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate in double boiler or on stove top in heavy saucepan at very low temperature. Whisk together until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl and add cocoa. Whisk together. Add sugar, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well; add flour. Put in greased 9 x 9 pan. Sprinkle top with sea salt and swirl into batter lightly. Bake for approximately 30 minutes until the edges are set, but the center is still a bit soft. Let the brownies cool in the pan for 1 hour, then refrigerate until firm about 1 hour. Melt butter and chocolate chips for sauce. Whisk until smooth and set aside until cooled, but still fluid. Cut the brownies while still firm, but serve at room temperature with a little bit of sauce drizzled over them and a touch of fleur de sel sprinkled on top.

Kitchenarian Notes: When I made these brownies the first time, I sliced them into very small bite size squares. Of course we ate them all! I made them again to take a picture of them for this post, and I baked them in a heart shaped pan. Not quite bite size this time, but still just as delicious and appropriate for February.

Enjoy!

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Lauren | Have Fork Will Eat February 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Those are adorable. I also love chocolate and salt. Delicious!

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Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen February 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Mmm, salt and chocolate. That sounds like a winning combination! I love the last image, with chocolate drizzled all over!

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RavieNomNoms February 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm

So yummy! Loving this

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Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan February 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Adding fleur de sel is an excellent idea!

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Steph@stephsbitebybite February 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I would die for one of these right now! Salty and sweet, yes please!

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Kate @ Diethood.com February 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Oh those bites sound delicious! They would be an instant favorite with us, too!

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veggietestkitchen February 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm

oh, i also love salty and sweet. haha, that’s why i clicked on the post!! these look great. i’m sure they’re going to be a hit on v-day. cheers.

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torviewtoronto February 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

delicious beautiful shapes

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Happy When Not Hungry February 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Wow these brownies look amazing! I love the touch of sea salt on top too!

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Tiffany February 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Mouth. Watering. I am addicted to salt and chocolate! (and salt, caramel, and chocolate!). I tried to make salted cheesecake brownies the other night, but only added salt to the top, not to the batter before baking. Sigh. And I love the heart shape of your bites!!!!

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Jean February 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I like that you indulged your husband’s wishes but also added the much-needed flair to his request. I sometimes find myself doing the same, LOL! These brownies look wonderful. I’m also a fan of the salty-sweet combination. 🙂

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Jill Colonna February 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

This is funny. Just read Stephsbitebybite and so reached for a bar of chocolate: dark chocolate with salt. Now your salted brownies have just hit the spot! They look yummy.

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Liz February 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

Oh, yum!!! Such a decadent treat in bite-sized hearts!!!

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briarrose February 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm

These are adorable. I love the salted top. I honestly don’t think I’ve had a salted brownie….putting it on my must try list. 😉

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Boulder Locavore February 12, 2011 at 8:26 am

These look delicius and I love that they are heart shaped! What a clever girl you are!

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Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie February 12, 2011 at 9:05 am

I am a huge fan of the whole sweet-salty combo thing, too. Actually, anything with tons of flavors is awesome. Your brownies are just too darn cute! Love the little heart shapes and the generous drizzle of chocolate. Yum!

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Stephanie February 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I love salty-sweet combos too and these sound divine!

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