Today marks the first day of the last full week of summer vacation. And the weather is beautiful. Perfect for fingerpainting.
Double Chocolate Espresso Brownies
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
14 oz. semisweet chocolate squares, finely chopped (I use Scharffenberger; expensive but oh! so! worth it!)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup brewed espresso (Starbucks, of course!)
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts)
6 oz. dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (Scharffenberger again)
Coat a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. Line pan with aluminum foil, allowing ends to hang over short sides of pan. Tuck overlapping ends under rim on short sides. Coat foil with cooking spray; set pan aside.
Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Place chopped semisweet chocolate in a large bowl; set bowls aside.
Combine sugar and next 3 ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar and butter melt and mixture comes to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and pour over chopped chocolate in bowl; let stand 2 minutes without stirring.
Beat chocolate mixture at low speed with an electric mixer until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture; beat at medium speed until well blended. Stir in vanilla, hazelnuts and dark chocolate. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly.
Bake at 325 degrees for 38 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
Carefully invert brownies from pan, using overlapping foil as handles; remove foil. Invert brownies again on a cutting board; cut into squares or circles. Drizzle with mocha syrup (I used Starbucks again!)
Next week school starts. I have really, really loved my kids extra much this summer. We did a LOT of swimming, baking, playing and dancing. I will miss hangin' out with them. So we will spend our last 10 days of summer vacation playing harder. More. Washing the car. Listening to music. Laughing and loving.
Enjoy your days . . . .