Chocolate brownies are an all-time favorite treat, loved by people of all ages. But what if we told you that there's a way to elevate this classic dessert to new heights of deliciousness? By adding a touch of our vanilla beans, you can take your brownies from ordinary to extraordinary. In this recipe, we'll show you how to create the perfect batch of chocolate brownies infused with the aromatic essence of pure vanilla goodness.
Vanilla Bean Chocolate Brownies
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 TBS cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 10 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate* (1 ½ cup)
- ½ cup salted butter
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 vanilla beans, scrape the inside pod
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup of mix-ins chocolate chips, nuts, etc. if desired
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line an 8×8” baking dish with parchment paper.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the semi-sweet chocolate and the butter together and let it cool slightly.
In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs first until pale and thick then add in sugar and vanilla until well combined. Slowly pour in the melted butter, stirring continuously.
Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt, and gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Once the batter is smooth and luscious, fold in the chocolate chips, reserving a handful for topping.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top, adding an extra layer of decadence to your brownies. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
Place brownie pan on a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.
Tips and tricks for perfect brownies
Here are some additional tips and tricks to ensure your brownies turn out perfect every time:
Use good quality chocolate: The flavor of your brownies largely depends on the chocolate you use. Opt for high-quality chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa for a rich and intense taste.
Don't overmix the batter: When adding the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, be careful not to overmix. Overmixing can result in dense and tough brownies. Fold the ingredients gently until just combined.
Line the baking dish with parchment paper: This will make it easier to remove the brownies from the pan and prevent them from sticking. It also helps with even baking.
Don't overbake: Keep a close eye on the baking time. Brownies are best when they are slightly fudgy in the center. Remember that they will continue to cook a bit even after you take them out of the oven.
Let them cool completely: It's tempting to dig into warm brownies, but they need time to set and develop their flavors. Allow them to cool completely before cutting into squares for the perfect texture.
So, next time you're in the mood for a delightful chocolatey treat, why not try these chocolate brownies made with our pure vanilla extract? The aromatic essence of vanilla will transport your taste buds to a realm of pure bliss, making these brownies an unforgettable culinary experience. Prepare to be captivated by the irresistible combination of chocolate and vanilla in every scrumptious bite.