Sunday, February 12, 2012

S'mores Brownies

So rich and delicious, s'mores are one of those treats I never make unless I'm camping. And I'm never camping, so I thought this an excellent opportunity to get my fix! This recipe comes out of the Food Networks Magazine's "50 Brownies" booklet in the March issue. The recipe recommends making a graham cracker crumb crust with butter and the whole nine yards, but I just used whole crackers on the bottom, without any difference.

S'mores Brownies

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
4 large cold eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 325. Either line an 8x8 with foil or spray with non-stick spray.
Line the bottom of the pan with graham crackers. It's ok, there will be gaps.

To make the brownie batter, put the butter and chocolate in a medium-sized microwave safe bowl. Melt in the microwave on 75 percent power for 2 minutes. Stir, and microwave again, if needed until completely melted, maybe about 2 minutes more. I only had to melt it for 2 minutes once.
Stir in both sugars, vanilla and salt into the melted chocolate. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat vigorously to make a thick and glossy batter. Add the flour and stir until just incorporated.

Pour batter into the pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean, about 40 minutes.

Take brownies out of the oven and reposition a rack on the top level and turn oven to broil. Dump marshmallows on the top and toast under the broiler until golden, about 3 minutes. Do NOT leave the room or go anywhere, this will go quickly! I like my marshmallows on fire when I'm camping, but you do NOT want burnt marshmallows on your brownies.

Cool on a rack, gently removing the brownies from the pan using the aluminum flaps.

ENJOY! These are tasty and delicious, especially when eaten right away. I found reheating them(individually) for 15 seconds the next day helped recreate that gooey-ness too.