Friday, February 12, 2010

Brownie Tart -An elegant alternative for Valentine's Day

Ok everyone - its T-minus 2 days and counting....

This has always been the elegant alternative to brownies in my view....And yes, if you haven't had enough of Barefoot Contessa recipes on this blog - you are going to get another one. But unlike her Outrageous Brownies recipe this tart is great for two people...
Same great taste and brownie flavor but great for a romantic dinner for two...
Its a very easy tart in my view. You won't be disappointed.

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
3 1/4 cups (20 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
3 extra-large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (4 ounces) chopped walnuts
2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream

Grease and flour a 9-inch tart pan with removable sides. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a bowl set over simmering water. Add 2 cups of the chocolate chips, remove from the heat, and stir until the chocolate melts. Set aside to cool completely.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, coffee, and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cooled chocolate. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, 1 cup of the chocolate chips, and the walnuts. Fold the flour mixture into the batter until just combined. Pour into the pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the center is puffed (the top may crack). The inside will still be very soft. Cool to room temperature before removing the sides of the tart pan.
Melt the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips with the heavy cream and drizzle on the tart.


  1. this is awesome! i've never thought to bake a brownie in a tart pan, but it's a super clever idea.

  2. Thanks so much! It's definitely a direent change of pace.


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