|Cleo Coyle, author of |
The Coffeehouse Mysteries
Makes one 9x9-inch square pan of brownies
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped (do not use chips)
2 tablespoons canola oil (or vegetable or corn oil)
¼ cup brewed coffee or espresso
(deepens chocolate flavor, you won’t taste it)
1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans
(low sodium or no salt), rinsed, soaked, drained
4 large eggs, lightly beaten with fork
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
½ cup white, granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon table salt or finely ground sea salt
(if using coarse salt, increase this amount to ¼ teaspoon)
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup toasted and chopped nuts (such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts)
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Step 1 – Prep oven and pan: First preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Create a sling with parchment paper (see my photo) and lightly coat the paper and sides of the pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
Step 2 - Melt the chocolate: Place the chopped chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl. Pour the canola oil into the mixture. IMPORTANT: Chocolate burns very easily and once that scorched taste is in your chocolate, your brownies are ruined. To prevent burning, heat the oil and chocolate in 20- to 30-second increments in your microwave. Stir between each session until everything is melted and smooth. Once melted, set aside. (I like to place the bowl on top of my pre-heating oven to keep the chocolate warm.)
Step 3 – Prep the beans: Drain the canned beans, place them in a bowl and cover them with water. Allow them to soak for a minute, then drain them well.
Step 4 – Make the batter: Combine the beans, coffee, and eggs in a food processor or blender/processor (the machine in my photos is an Oster Fusion, a cross between a processor and blender and not a regular blender). Process until smooth. The mixture will look like a chocolate milk shake. Add the brown and white sugars, vanilla extract, salt, and baking powder. Finally add the melted chocolate and mix well until smooth. (If adding optional chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips, stir them in now with a large spoon.)
Step 5 – Bake: Pour the batter into your prepared 9x9-inch square pan and bake for around 20 to 25 minutes, depending on your oven. I’m of the opinion that you should not over-bake brownies, including these. When the top surface is set (spongy but firm to the touch and no longer liquid) and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with no wet batter clinging to it, the brownies are ready. Allow the hot pan to cool for a few minutes, then run a knife on the un-papered edges to loosen any sticky bits and gently lift the parchment paper handles, transferring the brownie cake to a wire rack. Allow the brownies to cool a bit (and set) before cutting into large or small squares and…
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