Two of my favorite things in one perfect brownie, these were amazing.
I am a coffee addict. That probably doesn’t really need to be said, we are all aware of my inability to deal with life before I get at least a cup in my system. After my morning coffee I am done for the rest of the day…unless I am out in the afternoon and just happen to drive by Starbucks. I would never intentionally go 5 miles out of my way so I could “accidentally” drive past one or anything, that would be silly. The point is, I am not a constant coffee drinker and don’t generally go nutty with all kinds of different coffee flavored stuff.
Sometimes there are exceptions and when I saw these Coffee Brownies on Pinterest they created an insane urge to drop everything and make them immediately. Seriously you guys, how could I resist chocolate and coffee?
The recipe is straightforward and not difficult but I had to wait until the next day so I could save some of my morning coffee for the ganache. Do I need to tell you how hard it was for me *not* to drink it?
I melted the butter and added everything to the saucepan so I didn’t use any extra dishes…I was feeling particularly lazy, maybe from a lack of coffee.
I mixed the wet ingredients, added the dry ingredients then stirred it all up and poured them in my greased pan. My 8×8 was in use so I used my bar pan since it generally works really well for brownies.
Baking them was an extreme test of my patience, they smelled so good I was ready to take them out and dig in with whatever I happened to have handy (It’s OK to eat brownies with a spatula, right?)
Once I took them out of the oven it was a struggle to wait to eat them until I made the ganache. Of course, I had to wait for them to cool anyway so I didn’t burn my face off but it was a close thing.
Thankfully it was easy to throw together. I heated the coffee I set aside, added the vanilla and chocolate chips then melted it down. You guys, forget the brownies…this stuff is amazing! Yep, I totally burned my mouth tasting it but it was so worth it.
I finally got around to slicing into the brownies and piling a few up. The bar pan is bigger than an 8×8 so they turned out a little thinner which obviously means I needed more, right? I poured the ganache over the top and then just stared at it in awe, so much yum!
YOU GUYS!!! I have no words, this was one of the best things I have put in my mouth for a long time. I may have eaten the whole stack by myself…No I didn’t really, I totally shared with Joe (a bite is sharing, right?).
There was a small problem with the texture of the brownies. I use the Starbucks Breakfast Blend and the grounds are pretty big. I think with a finer grind or maybe if I used instant coffee granules to get the flavor that would fix the problem. Not that it kept me from eating them, it was just a bit more noticeable than I had hoped. What do you think, would instant coffee work or should I try to find a finer grind? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think, I know I am going to have to make these again…soon!
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