Monday, December 29, 2014

Salty Bourbon Squares

I haven't tried very many new recipes lately but when I wondered across this recipe online, I knew I had to venture outside of the box. My husband is definitely a connoisseur of all things Whiskey and so I figured he would love these and that he did. The bourbon flavor was quite prevalent in these goodies, which made for one really rich treat. While Nick's favorite whiskey of all is Maker's Mark, we had a bottle of Elijah Craig bourbon, from our whiskey tour in Kentucky, that I decided to use instead, which turned out just as tasty.

1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 Tbsp bourbon
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. fleur de sel or coarse salt [to taste]

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square pan, and line pan with parchment paper.
2. Heat brown sugar and butter together in a saucepan until sugar is melted, stirring occasionally. Let cool.
3. Whisk flour and baking powder together, and set aside.
4. Add egg, vanilla, salt, and bourbon to the cooled butter mixture, and beat together. Stir in the flour mixture, and then the chocolate, until just combined.
5. Spread batter in the pan, and bake 18 to 22 minutes, until light golden brown, and a toothpick comes out clean, being very careful not to over-bake. Sprinkle with fleur de sel. Let cool in the pan, then carefully lift parchment from the pan and cut brownies into squares. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Vanilla Bean Blog

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