I had to reblog this from my dear friend, Chef Tess Bakeresse

These brownies are to die for!!!!!

Chef Tess Bakeresse: The Evil Brownie…:


Meet my friend. We have a LOVE-HATE relationship.


His Royal Evilness…Baron Brownie.
Stop staring at me with those piercing eyes!

This is an entry on THE evil Brownie. Really sick and wrong…in a good way. So deathly delicious they kill any effort to lose weight and have to be banished to the tower… and even then I manage to find the locked door and fight off the bats and fairy dust to get to them! Here is my favorite brownie recipe, for good reason. I doubt you will be able to keep the munchkins at bay…or giants for that matter. There is a reason why I only make these when I can take them somewhere. Otherwise they stare at me all day. How rude. Don’t make these…save yourself!!!Okay, make them. You have been warned.

My Chef Tess Brownies
1 1/4 cup butter
4 cups sugar
1T vanilla,
2tsp rum extract
1T cinnamon
1T orange zest
1/2 tsp ground Cayenne pepper
8 eggs
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1 T salt

Preheat oven to 325degrees. Cream the butter,sugar, eggs, vanilla, and spice until light. Add the flour, cocoa, and salt, mixing 2 minutes. Pour int a lightly greased bar pan ( at least 9inch by 13inch by 3) Bake 40-45 minutes–slightly undercooked is better than overdone and dry. Cover with ganache and toasted almonds:

16 oz. high quality chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups toasted almonds

Boil cream.
Place chocolate in a metal bowl and pour hot cream over the chocolate. Stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over brownies when they are cool and cover with toasted almonds. Allow to cool…if you can wait that long and cut into squares.


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