I have a confession to make. Ready for it?
I’m not a fan of chocolate.
Well – let me clarify before I lose all my followers and friends! LOL. I’m just not a fan of items with only plain chocolate in them. I don’t mind it so much when mixed with other ingredients. I love chocolate chip cookies, Reeses PB cups and Fruit & Nut chocolates.
But, I will totally admit that I have an addiction to the “Molten Lava Cake” at Chili’s Restaurants. For some reason, I just want to dunk my face into it and eat it in one bite. I mean seriously – that dessert could convert anyone into loving chocolate right?
Well – listen to this. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to teach an Indian cooking class for a group of foodies and there was one particular gentlemen, Elliott Wakefield, who truly impressed me with his cooking skills.
Elliott was right in the kitchen with me mixing, chopping, cooking and learning all the Indian recipes so intently. I could tell he had a real passion for cooking, but I was even more impressed at how he took all the recipes he learned in my class and made them for his family the next day! And guess what? He’s only 14 years old! (Now that’s a cool kid in my book!)
In addition to his Indian cooking skills, this kid can bake! As a matter of fact, after our cooking class he served a plate of his brownies for all of us to try. They were absolutely incredible – moist, perfect balance of sweet & salty, and had the most amazing combination of different chocolates in it. In short – I was hooked! (These brownies are officially on my “most favorites food” list now!)
Today I wanted to share this brownie recipe with you – with Elliots blessing of course! :O) I recently made them for a holiday party and they were a huge hit. I have been eating these brownies all week, at least 3 a day to be perfectly honest with you all, and I will definitely be making these more frequently in my house!
In my opinion, I think the sprinkling of sea salt on top of these brownies makes them taste even better than I expected. With all the different chocolates in this recipe, the salt gives the recipe a really great balance of flavors that I believe you will enjoy as well!
But, if you get a chance to try this recipe and think its another ingredient that makes it shine – let me know! :O)
Here you go…
Death by Chocolate Brownies
Servings: 12-18 pieces (depends on size of cut pieces)
- 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups melted butter
- 8 oz Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips( melted)
- 4 eggs
- 5 tsp hazelnut extract (Frangelico or Torino Brand)
- 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cups dark coco powder (*Hershey’s brand if possible)
- 8 oz Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 tsp course sea salt
- 9×13 baking pan (for the best results use a metal pan)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine melted butter and sugar and mix well until smooth and creamy.
- Once mixed, add melted Ghirardelli chocolate and mix again.
- Add eggs and extract to mixture and incorporate well.
- In a separate bowl sift flour and cocoa powder together.
- Once sifted add dry ingredients to the wet and incorporate fully.
- Mix whole Hershey’s chips into the batter.
- Line your pan with wax paper and butter any exposed sides.
- Pour batter into pan and disperse throughout the pan.
- Sprinkle salt evenly over batter.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes.
- Once baked let cool completely before removing from pan. (The chocolate has to solidify)
And there you have it. Probably one of the best brownie recipes I’ve tried so far. Thank you to Elliott Wakefield at “ElliottEats” for sharing this recipe with me!
If you try this recipe, let Elliott and I know your thoughts by tagging us on IG @cmspiceculture and @youngchefslife. Also feel free to leave a comment below!