Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ferrero rocher brownies


My track coach is a very wise man.  He always pushes the point that although painful, the 200 meter dash takes up a mere 30-seconds of your life, and that sometimes, one has to suck-it-up for a little bit to reap serious rewards.



I've applied his wisdom to less painful pursuits than the 200-meter dash -- like getting a pedicure, shopping, and baking brownies. 


My friend Emilia and I treated ourselves to pedicures last weekend.  What could be better than an entire hour devoted to pampering yourself?  I can't think of many things I'd rather do than get a pedicure (except for maybe shopping or baking brownies... keep reading).  Every moment is pure bliss... except for those few minutes at the beginning when the lady scrubs the bottom of your feet with a pumice stone.  I am painfully ticklish, and it takes every ounce of will power to not start screaming/crying/laughing.  But once that's done, I've still got another 45 minutes of bliss to go.


I love shopping for shoes, and often find myself falling head-over-heels for the latest, crazy pair.   Suddenly, there's nothing I'd rather do than buy them on the spot, take them home with me, rip the tags off, and walk around in them for the rest of my life.  However, I've learned the hard way that buying shoes (and ripping the tags off) without trying them on is a recipe for blisters and tears.  Although frustrating for an impatient girl like me, waiting to try them on saves me a box of band-aids.



Just like enduring the pumice stone and waiting to try on shoes, these knock-your-socks-off brownies require a bit of will power as well.  I had to unwrap not one, but two boxes of Ferrero Rochers to put in these brownies, and couldn't even eat one.  However, after struggling through, and waiting for these to (almost) cool, I got to stuff three of these super fudgy bad boys in my face. Totally worth it. 

With love, 
Erica


P.S. I think I've found my new go-to brownie recipe! Tartine's brownies are the perfect balance between cakey and fudgy, with a beautiful, crinkly crust! 


Ingredients
3/4 cup butter
1 pound bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 large eggs (the original recipe calls for five eggs, but I don't like tall brownies)
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 boxes of Ferrero Rocher chocolates

Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. If the heat from the butter does not fully melt the chocolate, put the pan back over the heat for 10 seconds and stir until melted. Set aside to cool.

Sift the flour into a small mixing bowl. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Using a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until the mixture thickens and becomes pale in color and falls from the beater in a wide ribbon that folds back on itself and slowly dissolves on the surface, 4 to 5 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold the cooled chocolate into the egg mixture. Add the flour and fold it in quickly but gently with the rubber spatula so that you don’t deflate the air that’s been incorporated into the eggs.

Pour the batter into the prepared dish and smooth the top with a spatula. Drop the Rocher candies evenly throughout the brownie batter (4 rows and 5 columns).  Make sure you cover each Rocher with a bit of brownie batter so their tops don’t get burned while baking. Bake until the top looks slightly cracked and feels soft to the touch, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Using a sharp knife, cut into 12 squares, or size desired. The brownies will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 1 week.

Adapted From Tartine and Mrs. Renaissance


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30 comments:

  1. Like the brownies I DREAM about!

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    1. Thank you! I am still dreaming about that first, luscious, hazelnutty bite!

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  2. Mmmm I love Ferrero Rocher! These brownies look beautiful and sinfully delicious!

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    1. Thank you! Tartine's brownies are the best! My new favorite!

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  3. I envy your will power. I looove Ferrero Rochers. Definitely wouldn't make it into my brownies! Looks fantastic - I love how the Ferrero Rochers stayed together so you can see their delicious hazelnutty insides!

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    1. Thank you! I am surprised I made it though that box without eating any (ok I ate one...)! Me too! I was careful to cut them so that the candies stayed intact.

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  4. Hey Erica!
    These look AMAZING! So deliciously fudgy! I can't wait to give them a try!
    - Abby

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  5. Oh wow, just got linked here by foodgawker.com, these look mouthwatering!

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    1. Thanks! I love your name btw "Supa MangoKid"!

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  6. Wow! These look intense and amazing! I love ferrero rocher!!!

    www.foodnerd4life.com

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    1. Thank you! The chocolate flavor in these brownies is seriously intense! Definitely not a wimpy brownie!

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  7. Oh. My. Word. I have died and gone to chocolate heaven!

    I am definitely going to be recreating this in the very near future :D

    http://jesuis-hannah.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much! Please let me know if you do! These brownies are bliss (if I do say so myself!).

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  8. These look and sound absolutely outstanding! I have a recipe with those amazing chocolate balls hanging around in the back of my mind, but I'm not sure it's nearly as good as this one. I absolutely adore brownies that have little surprises in them.

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    1. Thank you so much! What is the recipe that you have using Ferrero Rochers? I am quite intrigued!

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  9. Ahhh!! These look amazing. But you don't like tall brownies?!? For me, the more volume the better when it comes to brownies.

    Nice with that first photo--total money shot! Also, OMG I went to Tartine for the first time when I was home for December and it was freaking.amazing. The lemon bar was out of this world. So was their croissant. And the sconeeees. And the cookie. We went a little crazy :) I am definitely trying these brownies!!

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    1. I don't think I have ever had a "voluminous" brownie -- I've always gone for the fudgier types!
      I still drool a bit when I see that first photo.
      I am super duper jealous that you got to go to tartine! My friend and I have *a bit* of a lemon bar obsession. I am now going to go search for Tartine's recipe!

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  10. I am totally making this ... YUM!!!!!

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  11. Hot dayum!!!! All i have to say! Lol!

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    1. My words exactly after taking a bite of one of these bad boys!

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  12. In one short post you've given me the urge to get a pedicure, go shopping, go running, AND bake brownies! These look fabulous - Ferrero Rochers are the best!

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    1. Yes! That is what I intended to do! Also, I love love love that post on Instagram -- we are so similar it's scary! Ericas think alike I guess!

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  13. Oh my...these look out of this world amazing! and I'm not a nut lover so don't really love ferrero's...but I think you may have just converted me!

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    1. Thank you! I'm sure these brownies would convert you hahah :)

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  14. This. Looks. Incredible. Must. Make. As. Soon. As. Possible. If it wasn't 2:50 in the morning, I'd totally go run out and get some Ferrero Rochers at the market!

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    1. Haha that's totally like me, I have in fact made some midnight runs to the store for funny little things like maraschino cherries. #bakerslife

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  15. i will be alone this valentine's day, and my plan is to make these brownies, minus the ferrero rocher, plus reese's peanut butter hearts. ALL of the reese's peanut butter hearts.

    then i will eat them all. because when you're alone on valentine's day, you don't have to share. HA!

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    1. Ohhh sounds like an awesome plan! Go strong independent women! Reeses peanut butter hearts would be divine. I'm thinking about trying these with maybe Lindt truffles as well for something super decadent!

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