Finding time to do anything with the kids home for the summer is tough. Don't get me wrong, I love having them home. But it is a challange some days (one I signed up for, so I shouldn't complain, I know!). Along with breaking up fights, getting house work done, outside activities and the "I'm bored" comments, getting time to bake is near impossible. But since all my raspberries came in this week, I really needed to do something with them and I was itching to bake again. I decided to make Chocolate Raspberry Brownies. Something simple yet fancy enough to be a bit challanging. Rich and moist, the kids love them and I'm happy!
Chocolate Raspberry Brownies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1/2 cup butter, divided
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1/2 tsp. instant coffee
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup flour
Combine 1/4 cup butter, chocolate and coffee in a small saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring. Once melted, set aside.
With an electric mixer, beat 1/4 cup butter and sugar together. Add the egg and vanilla until incorporated. Add the melted chocolate mixture and the flour. Mix well.
Pour into an 9 inch square pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes or until top springs back when touched.
1 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 walnuts, chopped and toasted (I didn't toast mine)
1 Tblsp. flour
In a small bowl, combine the raspberries, walnuts and flour. Stir until combined. Set aside.
6 Tblsp. flour
3 Tblsp. butter, melted
3 Tblsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup brown sugar
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix until blended. Set aside.
Remove the brownie layer from the oven and sprinkle the second layer raspberry mixture over the brownie. Spoon the third chocolate mixture over the raspberry layer, carefully smoothing it out to touch the sides of the baking pan.
Return the pan to the oven and bake another 25 to 30 minutes.
Garnish with Raspberry sauce
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons sugar
Mix all ingredients in a small pan and bring to boil, stirring. Stir until mixture becomes thickened slightly. Cool and use over brownies.
"There is something in the red of a raspberry pie that looks as good to a man as the red in a sheep looks to a wolf."
-E. W. Howe