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Turkish Coffee Brownies

Turkish Coffee Brownies

[Photograph: Quentin Bacon]

A spoonful of cardamom added to espresso powder gives these brownies a decidedly Middle Eastern flavor. Perfect as a post-meal pick-me-up, or to keep your dinner guests perked.

Excerpted from Balaboosta by Einat Admony (Artisan Books). Copyright � 2013. Photographs by Quentin Bacon.

Turkish Coffee Brownies

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 16 pieces
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:45 minutes
Special equipment:8-inch square baking pan
This recipe appears in: Bake the Book: Turkish Coffee Brownies

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus butter for the pan
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus flour for the pan
  • 3 ounces 72% cacao chocolate
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground espresso beans, or instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Procedures

  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease the sides and bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with butter and coat lightly with flour.

  2. 2

    Melt the chocolate and the 8 tablespoons butter in a small bowl over a pot of barely simmering water. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl until the mixture is fluffy and pale yellow. Whisk in the espresso, cardamom, vanilla, and salt until well combined.

  3. 3

    Remove the melted chocolate and butter from the heat and stir with a rubber spatula. Then very slowly add the chocolate to the egg mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Sift the 2/3 cup flour into the batter and mix well.

  4. 4

    Pour the brownie batter into the greased pan and use a rubber spatula to scrape out all that chocolate goodness. This is the part where I usually lick the spatula if no one is looking. Bake the brownies in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes. You can check for doneness by sticking a toothpick right in the middle. If it comes out clean, you’re only seconds away from chocolate heaven. Cool the brownies before cutting.

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