Luxurious Chocolate Chip Brownies for Liz

Baked Brownies

Have you ever had a celebrity crush?  You know, the kind where you will watch (or dvr) every single episode, movie, or interview?  While this will surprise none of you, I find that most of my “crushes” tend to involve food personalities.  And right now I cannot get enough of Nigella Lawson.  She is effortlessly witty, and manages to create sumptuous and stress-free recipes. 

The inspiration for this recipe starts with premium grey sea salt and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.  I was dying to use both of these in a birthday treat for my co-worker Liz, and knew Nigella would steer me in the right direction.  The following recipe is tasty and muss-free.

Chocolate Chip Brownies with Grey Sea Salt (based on a recipe by Nigella Lawson)

  • 1 1/4 sticks of butter
  • 1 3/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cups Godiva Dark Hot Chocolate mix
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of grey sea salt, plus 1 tsp
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chips
  • 1 tbs powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  In a medium-sized pot, gradually melt butter over low heat.  Once the butter is melted, add in the brown sugar and gently stir until both ingredients are combined.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and hot chocolate mix.  Add a pinch of the grey sea salt, and gradually add the dry ingredients to the pot of butter and sugar.

Once all of the dry ingredients are combined with the wet mixture remove pot from the heat.  At this point your mixture will look a bit grainy and dry.

In a another small bowl, whisk together the four eggs and the vanilla extract.  I’ll tell you one more time to take your pot off the heat and switch to a cool burner.  Now, pour your egg mixture into the pot and incorporate all of the ingredients.  If you did not remove the pot from the burner you may end up with an unappealing scramble at this point.  Add in your mini chips and stir until just mixed.

Line a 9 x 13 dish with foil, making sure to either spray or grease the foil with butter.  This will prevent the brownies from sticking to your dish (good one Nigella!).  Pour your chocolatey goodness into the dish and bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.  It’s ok if these brownies are a bit gooey since we all know they taste best this way.  If you like yours minus the gu, just cook them a few minutes longer until a toothpick comes out clean.  Sprinkle with remaining sea salt and powdered sugar.  You can leave this step off, but why not go for gold and enjoy the extra flavor?  Liz is worth it and so are you!

Happy early birthday Liz!   Also, don’t hate me for keeping a few “reserve” brownies.  I simply couldn’t wait an entire day to sample them!  Picture me sneaking samples from the fridge Nigella-style ;).