Smoked Salt Brownies

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Chitlins, I have nothing clever to write for you today. I’m sorry. I tried. Call it writers block. You know what I do have? Brownies. Dark chocolate brownies. With smoked salt.

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Oh, and liquid smoke in the batter. I went there. Embrace it. I did. It did not disappoint. If I hadn’t brought them all to work I would be sitting in a corner with brownie smeared on my face hoarding them so no one else could enjoy them. Luckily, I’m not a total Gollum with brownies. I’m sure my coworkers are happy about that.

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*Just a Note: If you’ve never worked with liquid smoke it can be found in the BBQ aisle at most grocery stores with the BBQ sauces. It smells like a BBQ pit and if you’re unlucky enough like myself to not have a BBQ or an outdoor space you can totally fake it with this stuff. I only used a few drops but feel free to experiment with the balance.

Smoked Salt Brownies
 
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Recipe type: bar cookie
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter, cubed
  • 4 oz. good quality dark chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4-8 drops (or more) liquid smoke
  • 1 cup flour
  • Smoked sea salt for sprinkling on top (or any flaky sea salt)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325ºF. Line an 8x8in square pan with parchment or tin foil, leaving an overhang over two edges for easy removal after baking.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat melt the butter and chocolate until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in sugars until fully incorporated.
  4. Add eggs one at a time and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Add vanilla and liquid smoke and stir to mix. Sprinkle flour over top and stir just until no streaks remain. Taste to see if you want/need more liquid smoke.
  6. Pour into lined pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean and the middle no longer jiggles.
  7. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing with the sling and cooling completely on a wire rack.
Notes
If you've never worked with liquid smoke it can be found in the BBQ aisle at most grocery stores with the BBQ sauces. It smells like a BBQ pit and if you're unlucky enough like myself to not have a BBQ or an outdoor space you can totally fake it with this stuff. I only used a few drops but feel free to experiment with the balance.

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