Storified by Arya McLean· Sun, Apr 07 2013 17:40:06
Make brownies extra special by adding some coffee to the mix and creating mocha-flavored brownies. A luscious way to start the day, mocha brownies will give you a happy buzz for the rest of the morning. This also makes an awesome potluck for an office party. Rich in chocolate, cakey with just the right amount of moisture, and filled with crunch from chopped walnuts, this gourmet cooking recipe adapted from The General Foods Kitchens Cookbook, is a sure hit and will be gone in no time. If you’re feeling a bit fancy and indulgent, top the brownies with whipped cream and dust with some cinnamon and enjoy with coffee or tea with a loved one.
For superior results, choose a high quality dark unsweetened chocolate and a premium coffee brand that you like the taste of. Use butter instead of shortening for a richer and more luxurious flavor and texture. Select a shiny and light-colored baking pan to allow heat to conduct evenly when baking the brownies. Dark-colored or glass pans can cause the edges to burn or over-bake. Before pouring in the batter, grease the pan with cooking spray or shortening. You can also opt to bake the brownies in mini-muffin tins so you don’t have to cut them into squares after baking and they take on a nice shape and are ready to eat.
The safest way to melt the chocolate and the butter together is in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can improvise and use a small saucepan placed over a pot of simmering water. The bottom of the pan should not touch the water in the pot. Add the coffee when the butter and chocolate have completely melted and combined. When adding the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix them just enough to blend them and all the dry stuff is moistened. Overbeating the batter will result in tough brownies and form a crust on top.