Did you make a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, or lose weight? Oh. Sorry. ::evil grin::
Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, recently released a new cookbook called Foolproof, filled with recipes tested many times, with detailed instructions so that anyone, from novice baker to seasoned chef, can make the recipe successfully.
That is, as long as you actually read the ingredient list and ensure you have all of said ingredients on hand. Not like, um, well, someone. Someone whose name might be Coleen. (FYI: If you happen to realize that, no, you actually don’t have 3 ounces of unsweetened chocolate in your baking cabinet, you can melt 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter and stir it into 9 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, then combine it with the melted butter and semisweet chocolate chips. You’re welcome.)
The recipe calls for “good” caramel sauce, not dulce de leche or “caramel sundae topping.” She suggests a brand called Fran’s, which from what I can tell, is not sold in stores. Because I didn’t have time to order it, I decided to make my own. It’s not difficult in terms of technique, and it doesn’t take long to make, but you do need to keep a close eye on it, and use good judgment. I’ve included a caramel sauce recipe below the brownie recipe if you decide to go this route.
Even with the substitutions that, er, someone had to make, these brownies came out perfectly. The instant coffee in the brownie batter enhances the chocolate flavor; and the salt enhances the sweetness of the caramel. These gooey brownies are very rich, so cut them small!