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Champagne Brownies (Video Tutorial, Too!)
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I love champagne. I love chocolate. Let’s put them together so they can get married and have the best kid of all time, champagne brownies!
Bubbly is pretty popular this time of year, but as I explain in my newest video below, I also like to eat my champagne. Why not get really festive with one of the coolest brownie recipes ever?
These are full of champagne and chocolate, and the bubbly is what makes them stand so tall. I never cease to love how carbonated beverages aerate baked goods, making for even more fun and games!
With New Year’s approaching, these brownies will definitely be on the menu. It’s typically a very quiet night. Kenny and I put the kids to bed, make fondue (both cheese and chocolate), and drink champagne while we eat and watch movies. It’s kind of my idea of the perfect night.
And to show you how these brownies are done, I’ve made you a new video! I’m in this one, and nobody likes to see themselves on camera. So I’m cringing, but I hope you enjoy:
There! Whew. Glad that’s over. Now you can actually make these!
Unlike so many of the recipes I share with you, I didn’t make this one up. I’ve seen it in multiple places on the vastness of the Internet, and I had to give it a shot. The most seductive element for me is that champagne glaze. You boil champagne and sugar on the stove for one minute and then brush the mixture all over the brownies. It soaks in and, yep. Quite the champagne flavor punch! I was convinced that eating these would give me a buzz, even though the alcohol likely all cooks out.
And the texture of the brownies is one-of-a-kind. When I saw how much these rose I thought I was going to have a cakey brownie, which I loathe. But that didn’t happen. These were still crazy fudgy, but tall. I’ve honestly never seen that happen before, but I like it! More brownie to love.
The underlying champagne flavor will send you rushing back for more of these guys. Next week, I’ll be putting them onto a fondue platter to show you how Kenny and I like to do it up on New Year’s Eve. In the meantime, good luck with your holiday prep and remember to have a glass of champagne nearby. It really makes everything so festive!
Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and coat with cooking spray, or you can use a silicone insert like the one in the video. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave. Stir. If not melted, heat an additional 20 seconds and stir again until smooth. Add the sugar, salt and vanilla, mixing until well incorporated. Add the eggs and mix again. Stir in the flour until the batter is smooth.
Carefully, stir in the champagne. The batter will be thinner than typical brownie batter, but the color and texture should be uniform.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs.
Make the glaze. Boil the champagne and sugar together for one minute and remove from the heat. Brush the glaze liberally over the brownies. It will soak in.
I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner.
This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker.
Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.
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Oh, crumb bars. This is not the first time we’ve met.
I’m addicted to crumb. You show me a crumb cake and I’ll pick off the topping. It’s a dangerous game to play. Don’t hand me anything in the realm of crumb and expect me to eat it like a normal person.
When done correctly, any crumb cake or bar is overflowing with crumb. A crumb fiend like me has to be satisfied, after all. These beautiful bites of heaven are filled with raspberry jam and sandwiched with crumbly oat goodness. They’re also effortlessly gluten-free, which is the only way I wanna do it.
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I can’t remember the last time I had a plain brownie. You know, I might have to go back to basics and make the perfect, thick, fudgy brownie.
But later. Because now, I’m doing yet another tricked-out version.
See, while the basics are fun, tricking anything out is exciting. Like my bathtub. A few years back, I decided that the only room left in the house where I could potentially get any privacy was the bathroom. It has a lock and all. Very fancy.
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Everywhere I look these days, I see ads for Botox. Is it just me, or is everyone offering to inject your face? First it was dermatologists. Then my dentist joined the game. I wouldn’t be surprised if they start offering Botox along with your latte at Starbucks.
It’s just not fashionable to age gracefully. Okay, cool. Though I sometimes wonder if the Botox makes people look younger. They just look…smoother.
But knowing me, I’ll probably be running to the needle soon enough. I’m very into trends. Fads are awesome. They’re totally logical and everyone should do what their friends are doing.
In the meantime, my secrets to the fountain of youth are simple. Sleep. Eat veggies and fish. Drink water and green tea. Use moisturizer and sunscreen, even when it’s fifty below zero outside (vampire skin is sexy). And eat peanut butter every day, preferably along with your daily hefty dose of chocolate. See? Simple!