I like to mix my vices. I love to cook (and eat). I, like many, enjoy an adult beverage with dinner or when out with friends. Why not combine these loves? These brownies are great, if you like a more caky than gooey brownie and the ganache covering is just decadent. the espresso vodka gives these just a hint of coffee without too much of an alcohol kick.
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate - either chips or finely chopped
- 2 shots espresso vodka
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup mascarpone cheese - room temperature
- 3 large eggs - room temperature
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate – either chips or finely chopped
- 6 Tbsp heavy cream
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 shot espresso vodka
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking pan. Add 3 large eggs to a medium bowl.
Lightly beat eggs and set aside.
Melt butter for brownies over medium heat.
Stirring constantly make sure that chocolate melts without burning.
Remove from heat and stir in sugar and cocoa.
Add in cheese and stir to incorporate. The residual heat should melt the cheese.
Add vodka and stir to combine.
Add eggs and stir to combine – You may need to temper the eggs depending on how hot your mixture still is. I only heated the mixture long enough to melt the chocolate. By the time I got to this stage I was in no danger of cooking the eggs.
Stir until completely combined.
Pour into your greased 8×8 baking pan and add to your preheated oven.
Bake 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean.
Let cool on a rack for 10-15 minutes.
While your brownie base cools make your Ganache. Melt butter in a medium pot over medium low heat.
Add cream and heat through, just until butter is melted.
Remove from heat and add chocolate and vodka while still hot.
Stir until chocolate is melted and ganache is smooth.
Pour ganache over brownie base.
Once covered place into refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set.
Once ganache sets cut brownies into squares or bars, whichever you prefer.
Serve and enjoy. This picture is of one of the naked brownies. My wife and I served with whipped topping. You can also serve with ice cream or a fruit topping.