Posts tagged Baked goods
Salty Caramel Brownies

These brownies are definitely special. They're a bit of a project, but you can make the caramel ahead if you like and refrigerate it until you're ready to make brownies. The caramel in them is pretty subtle - it's just a thin layer in the middle of the brownie, and that's what makes these so delicious. You almost can't tell it's there, it just makes for a delicious brownie. I would also be sure to use the sugar and salt on top - it makes them deliciously crunchy and the salt is perfect. The recipe is adapted from the Baked Explorations cookbook. Go make brownies. Yum.


For the caramel:

  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon flaky salt
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

For the brownies:

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (75 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon (6 grams) dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 1/2 ounces (156 grams) bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I use 70% dark chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick/113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) white sugar
  • 1/4 cup (53 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons or so coarse sugar (or regular white sugar) for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon or so flaky sea salt for sprinkling

First, make the caramel: Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally and trying not to splash the sides of the pan too much. After 10 or 15 minutes, the sugar will start to brown - watch carefully, and take the caramel off the heat as soon as it's a deep amber color. (If you want to use a candy thermometer, this is about 350℉, but I usually just go by appearance.) Stir in the cream, and be careful - it will bubble up a little. Mix in the salt and sour cream, stirring until all the sour cream is melted in.

Next, make brownies: Preheat the oven to 350℉; butter an 8" x 8" pan and line with a strip of parchment for easy removal. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder. In a mixing bowl set over boiling water, melt the butter and chocolate together until smooth. Remove the bowl from the boiling water, and stir in both sugars. Stir in vanilla. The mixture shouldn't be too hot anymore; a little warm is ok, but if it still feels hot, let it cool for a few minutes. Add in the eggs and egg yolk. Last, mix in the flour/cocoa mixture, and be sure not to over mix at this point. 

Pour half of the brownie batter into the bottom of the pan. Next, pour the caramel over - you want just a very thin layer over the batter, leaving about a 1/2" border around the edge. I find that a little more than 1/4 cup or so is just about right. You want to avoid going out to the very edges, because it tends to squish out and can burn. Dollop the remaining brownie batter over the top, and spread with a spatula to even it out and cover the caramel. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. As soon as the brownies come out of the oven, sprinkle with a healthy layer of sugar, and the coarse sea salt. Let them cool fully before cutting.

Brown butter chocolate chip cookies

I know the last thing the internet needs is yet another chocolate chip cookie recipe, but these were so good that I have to share. I've tried many, many recipes, and these are my favorite ones yet. The brown butter adds a really deep flavor, and the extra egg yolks and melted butter make for a really fudgy, rich texture. These are adapted from the Violet Bakery Cookbook, which I highly recommend. Happy baking!


  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon (250 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (200 grams) muscovado or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or paste
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 3/4 cups (325 grams) unbleached white flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate

Melt and brown the butter: it will first bubble up, and then the solids at the bottom will start to turn brown and smell nutty. When they're a deep golden brown, remove the butter from the heat and add 2 tablespoons of cold water. Allow the butter to cool to room temperature (or give it 15 minutes in the fridge). Combine the melted butter and sugars in a bowl and mix. Add the vanilla and egg yolks and mix well.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Fold this into the butter and egg mixture, along with the chocolate.  Stir just until combined, then refrigerate the dough overnight (well-covered).

Scoop individual portions of the cookie dough onto a baking sheet. Alternatively, you can do what I did, and pat the whole thing into a rectangle and then cut it into squares. At this point you can freeze the individual cookies if you want - they bake really well from frozen, without defrosting.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the cookies 12-18 minutes, depending on how big you've made them. They are done when the center is just set (ie, doesn't look wet anymore), but still soft and slightly under-baked looking. They'll continue to brown a bit after you take them out.  Sprinkle with flaky salt, if you'd like.

Makes about 2 dozen large cookies.