It's the first time in a very long time where I've played around with one of Dorie's recipes, which must mean I'm feeling back to my old self again after a crazy few months.
I woke up this morning (hi, I'm Slacker, nice to meet you) and the first thing I thought was: Cocoa-Nana Brownies.
Ah, the mind of a food blogger.
Now, I'm not the biggest fan of brownies. My father is a huge fan of boxed-mix brownies, and the smell of those chemical-laden brownies wafting through the air always slightly wanted to make me vomit. But I truly believed the only way to make brownies was to pour a mystery mix into a bowl, add eggs or oil or something, mix and bake. And try to hold dinner down.
Years later, when I finally learned that I need not be a slave to Duncan Hines, I tried to make my father "cakey" brownies from scratch. Even though brownies are not my favorite treat, I was extremely pleased with how these brownies turned out. I proudly presented one to my dad.
He took a bite and silently chewed.
"Well?" I asked in anticipation. "How are they?"
"What does that mean?" I asked, getting impatient. "Do you like them?"
He looked at me with the eyes of a five-year old kid. "I like box brownies." he said, innocently.
I threw up my hands in frustration. "You're gross! That makes me want to puke!"
Now who is the five-year old kid?
But I do believe that I would win over that box-mix fan with these Cocoa-nana brownies. I combined Dorie's Cocoa-Nana bread recipe with King Arthur Flour's brownie recipe. The result is an incredibly light, sky-high cake brownie studded with chocolate chunks that is incredibly moist with a slight tang from the buttermilk, a far-away, deep caramel flavor from the brown sugar and a hint of banana and topped with a smooth chocolate ganache. These brownies definitely don't make me want to puke.
Check out Steph of Obsessed with Baking's website for the recipe for her extremely popular choice (the actual Cocoa-Nana Bread) and check out the rest of TWD for some more Cocoa-Nana Bread! No puking!
Cocoa-Nana Brownies adapted from Dorie Greenspan: Baking from My Home to Yours and King Arthur Flour
tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 1/4 cups Dutch Process cocoa
1 tablespoon vanilla
5 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 cups all purpose unbleached flour
2 medium, very ripe banans
1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly great a 9 x 13 pan. Set aside.
In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add in cocoa. Beat in vanilla, then beat in eggs, one by one. Beat in baking powder and salt (making sure baking powder is dissolved), then add in buttermilk. When smooth, lower speed to low and add flour and stir just until blended. Add chocolate chips if using.
pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center
comes out almost clean. Let cool. Frost brownies when cool.
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 tablespoons heavy cream
3 tablespoons butter