Chocolate is always a simple pleasure in my home, however, I tend not to gravitate toward cakes or brownies. But, when I saw David Lebovitz’s recipe for unsweetened chocolate brownies (also known and named as Dave and Kate’s brownies – that’s Katherine Hepburn, be sure to read how he grew up next to Katherine’s family in California), I wanted to try my hand at something similar.
Taking a look at what I had in my épicerie, and having just realized two days ago I had an entire bag full of mixed “fancy” nuts from Trader Joe’s that needed to be used, I thought to myself I could put them to good use for brownies and a simple pleasure to be enjoyed during this first week of staying-at-home due to the CoVid-19 epidemic.
Not having unsweetened quality chocolate in my house, I did have Scharffen Berger’s dark chocolate which is something I love to make chocolat chaud and wrap in my Pain au Chocolat. So using this instead, I reduced the amount of sugar in the original recipe, added the nuts I had in my pantry, and crossed my fingers.
Pleasantly pleased I was as they were not too sweet, not too decadent and had so much subtle crunch sprinkled within each bite, my tastebuds danced.
Simple and delicious and perfect for making the most of staples in your épicerie that may not have been used, enjoy a bit of chocolate without a bit of guilt. Have a look at the recipe below.
Épicerie Brownie - All You Need is What You Have
- 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter top quality
- 2 ounces dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sol
- 3/4 cup roasted and chopped assorted nuts or whatever nuts you have in your pantry. I highly recommend they be roasted before you chop them.
- Preheat the oven to 325 Fahrenheit and allow to preheat while you are make the batter.
- Melt the butter over low heat with the chocolate. Stir consistently until incorporated and glossy and lovely.
- Remove the butter and chocolate (once melted together) off the stove, and add the sugar (stir as you add), the two eggs and the vanilla. Stir until combined.
- Add the flour, salt and nuts. Stir until combined.
- Prepare a 8-inch baking pan. Line with parchment paper, and pour in the batter. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes (each oven will be unique). Bake until softly firm in the middle.
- Remove from the oven. Leave in the pan until the brownies have cooled. Cut into small or large squares and enjoy with a lovely hot cup of something wonderfully cozy.