Favorite Recipes: Dark Chocolate, Lime, and Sea Salt Brownies

6 May

Oh man.

If you are a lover of dark chocolate, these are your brownies!

If you are a lover of margaritas, these are your brownies!

If you are a lover of brownies, these are your brownies!

Have I made myself clear?

They are rich, dark, and heavenly!  And the lime and salt add just enough interest to break up all that dark chocolate.  Not that you really have to… Because I love dark chocolate and can’t get enough… but still.

If you want to down the dark-chocolate-quotient, you could go with a semi-sweet chip instead of the unsweetened chocolate in the final steps.  It’s really up to you.  Play around!  And Enjoy!

Extra-Dark Brownies with Sea Salt & Lime
(via The Kitchn)
16 2-inch square brownies

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped coarsely
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 lime, juiced and zested
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt

Preheat oven to 325°F and line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving the paper extra-long and hanging over two sides.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and bittersweet chocolate over medium-low heat. Stir until smooth.

Remove pan from the heat and add the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla and kosher salt. Mix until combined. Then add lime juice and zest, as well as the finely chopped unsweetened chocolate. Stir to combine and pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle the sea salt on the top.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a tester comes out moist. It will not be perfectly clean, but it shouldn’t be sticky either. Allow pan to cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before removing brownies from pan. To remove the brownies, run a knife around the sides of the pan to help release the brownies, then lift out the parchment paper. Place the brownies on the paper back on the wire rack. Cool completely and cut into 2 inch squares.

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