Salty Pretzel Brownie - TheSweetNerd
Salty Pretzel Brownies
Salty Pretzel Brownies

Salty Pretzel Brownie

By TheSweetNerd  

November 28, 2017

Ingredients

Crust

1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

Brownies

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 1/4 cups sugar

3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (spooned into cup to measure, then leveled)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs, chilled

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour

1 cup walnut pieces

Ganache

12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 cup canned full fat coconut milk

2-4 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions

Crust

1Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). In medium bowl, mix crust ingredients.

2Press in ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Bake 8 minutes; cool 10 minutes.

Brownies

1Position rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 325°F. Line 8x8x2-inch metal baking pan with foil, pressing foil firmly against pan sides and leaving 2-inch overhang. Coat foil with nonstick spray.

2 Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking until butter stops foaming and browned bits form at bottom of pan, stirring often, about 5 minutes.

3Remove from heat; immediately add sugar, cocoa, 2 teaspoons water, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt. Stir to blend. Let cool 5 minutes (mixture will still be hot).

4Add eggs to hot mixture 1 at a time, beating vigorously to blend after each addition. When mixture looks thick and shiny, add flour and stir until blended.

5Beat vigorously 60 strokes. Stir in nuts. Transfer batter to prepared pan.

6Bake brownies until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean (with a few moist crumbs attached), about 25 minutes. Cool in pan on rack. Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan.

7Cut into 4 strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 4 brownies.

Ganache

1Stir the coconut milk and maple syrup together in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil.

2Pour this mixture over the chocolate and stir until all of the chocolate is melted.

3Allow to cool to room temperature, stirring every 15 minutes or so until the chocolate has thickened into a spreadable frosting.

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