Chocolate Brownies with a Pretzel Crumble and Brown Butter Ice Cream
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Welcome to my first ever give away! I was thinking about how every time I post ice cream, (which I love to make) I get comments on how much people would love to make it, but they don’t have an ice cream maker. Well, here is your chance to have a brand new shiny Cuisinart Ice Cream machine, and it’s on me!!!

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That’s it!! I will pick a winner at random and announce the winner on Saturday morning! Good Luck!!

Here is a recipe that you can make with your brand new ice cream maker: Brown Butter Ice Cream

These brownies were inspired when I was sampling the Brown Butter Ice Cream. There happened to be a bag of pretzels on the counter. I couldn’t help it- I scooped up some of the ice cream with the pretzel. It was phenomenal. A natural combination that could only be made better by one thing: chocolate.

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I used a very rich and chewy brownie recipe adapted from the Browneyedbaker.com. Only, I added a layer of crumbly, salty pretzel crumbs to the brownie to give some contrasting flavor and texture to the dessert. Plop a scoop of brown butter ice cream on top and watch all of your cares melt away…

Chewy Dark Chocolate Brownies with a Pretzel Crumble, serves 20

Pretzel crust
1 stick of butter
4 cups pretzels
½ cup sugar

Chewy Dark Chocolate Brownies
1/3 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
1 cup, plus 2 Tbs boiling water
2oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
4 oz butter, melted
½ cup, plus 2 Tbs vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups sugar
1 ¾ cups flour
1 tsp salt

6 oz bittersweet chocolate chunks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare a 9×13” baking pan with a piece of parchment on the bottom of the pan.

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Spray the whole thing with baking spray.

In a small pan, melt the butter.

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In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the pretzels to a fine crumb.

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Put the crumbs into a bowl, and mix the sugar in with the crumbs.

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Add the melted butter and mix well.

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Press the pretzels into the bottom of the baking dish. Set aside and make the brownie batter.

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Brownie Batter:

In a small pan, melt the butter.

In a bowl, whisk the boiling water into the coco powder and stir until smooth.

Stir in the chocolate pieces and the melted butter and oil.

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Combine everything in the bowl of a standing mixer. It will look very separated, but don’t worry!

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Add the eggs/yolks one at a time with the mixer on, and beat until very smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla.

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In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Whisk well to combine.

Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and combine. Add the chocolate pieces.

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Pour the batter into the baking dish on top of the pretzels.

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Bake the brownies at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with only a couple crumbs.

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Let the brownies cool and then cut into squares.

Serve upside down (pretzels up) with a scoop of brown butter ice cream!

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