Monday, November 29, 2010

Second Day of Christmas: Brownies with Raspberry Preserves

Brownies with Raspberry Preserves

What a great way to enjoy your own raspberry preserves! The taste of chocolate and raspberry makes a great festive square, is delicious, and goes well with the classic shortbread for entertaining during the holiday season. These squares only require one pot so it is especially easy. After they're cooled, cut them in generous squares, wrap them and what a great gift to give. This recipe is dedicated to my eldest daughter Emilie who makes the best brownie Christmas gifts ever!

8 oz. unsalted butter 250 g

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate 125 g

2 cups sugar 500 ml

1 tsp salt 4 ml

4 eggs

1 cup unbleached all purpose flour 250 ml

2 cups walnut pieces 500 ml

1 cup raspberry preserves 250 ml

Line a square 9 x 13 baking pan and set aside. Melt butter and chocolate over low heat in a large dutch oven. Remove from heat, place in a large mixing bowl, let cool and add sugar, salt, vanilla and blend well. Add eggs one at a time mixing after each addition. Add the flour and beat until smooth. Stir in the walnut pieces. Pour half the batter into the baking pan and make a smooth surface. Freeze for 30 minutes. Then apply the layer of raspberry preserve and the remaining batter. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes, and cool the pan for 10 minutes before cutting.

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