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Chef Alekka’s Chocolate Espresso Brownies

brownies2.jpgThis recipe comes from our February Chef of the Month, Alekka Sweeney. Valentine’s Day is approaching and we all like to take this time to indulge in some dessert. This recipe caters to anyone with a sweet tooth and love for all things chocolate. Take a break from your New Year’s diet and enjoy the finer things in life… and one of those things is sugar!

Chocolate Espresso Brownies

Yields 32 brownies

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter

5 oz unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon instant-espresso powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

4 large eggs

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup 64% Chocolate pistols (I prefer Valrhona)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 15- by 10- by 1-inch baking pan with foil, allowing 2 inches of foil to hang over ends of pan, and grease foil well (except overhang) with 1 tablespoon butter.
  2. Melt remaining 11 tablespoons butter with unsweetened chocolate in a large metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove bowl from heat and whisk in sugar, espresso powder, vanilla, and salt (mixture will be grainy), then add eggs 1 at a time, whisking after each addition until batter is smooth.
  3. Toss together flour and chocolate pistols in another bowl and add to batter, stirring until just combined.
  4. Spread batter evenly in baking pan and bake in middle of oven until top is firm and edges just begin to pull away from sides of pan, about 20 minutes –be careful not to overbake.
  5. Cool in pan on a rack 5 minutes, then carefully lift brownies from pan by holding both ends of foil and transfer to rack to cool 10 minutes more. Cut into 32 squares and lift brownies off foil with a spatula.

Love this recipe? Get in contact with Chef Alekka and visit her shop Give Me Some Sugar if you’re in the Chicago area so you can learn to bake like a pro!

Website: Give Me Some Sugar 

Facebook: Give Me Some Sugar

Instagram: @givesugar

Twitter: @ChefAlekka

A Day for Love and Goodies

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’re anything like me, you’ve waited until now to figure out what you want to cook for your Valentine tonight. Well rest assured, ChefUniforms.com has got your back! We’ve thought ahead and put together a few ideas for easy, last-minute Valentine’s Day treats that are sure to get you some brownie points (pun intended). So, put on those chef coats and get ready to wow your loved ones this holiday.

Rather than boring you with an actual list, we thought it might be more appropriate and fun to wet your appetites with some images of Valentine’s Day goodies:

Heart Shaped Brownies are always a great option. They’re quick, easy, and best of all, fudgy!

How about a nice heart-shaped pizza for dinner? Show your loved one that you really care, and put some of their favorite toppings on a delicious slice of pie.

Pancakes are always a great way to say “I love breakfast, and I love you”. Put some of their favorite fruit on top, and cut it into the shape of a heart. Your Valentine is sure to be syrup in your hands!

Cake Pops are becoming ever-popular these days… so why not incorporate them into Valentine’s Day? Make some red velvet cake pops to bring the holiday to a delicious close.

Chocolate-covered strawberries are a great one for the whole family to enjoy, and they even come pre-shaped into little hearts, courtesy of Mother Nature.

Of course, these are just a few simple options – if you want to get really professional, you’ll have to put your own personal twist on a great recipe. If you’ve got any other ideas of great last-minute, easy Valentine’s Day treats, leave us a comment below!

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