Merlot Brownies with Merlot Ganache and Sea Salt

 

red wine brownies

Every Valentine’s Day I sit and contemplate- wine or brownies? I picked up some of my favorite red wine from Trader Joes and I knew I wanted to do a Merlot infused ganache.

red wine brownies

Once I started throwing together the brownie batter I drizzled a little more Merlot into the batter. The result was sooo good. The wine brings out the richness in the chocolate while keeping them so fudgey and moist.

These are honestly even better the next day. Enjoy them with a little cocoa whipped cream or on their own!

Merlot Brownies with Merlot Ganache and Sea Salt
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Serves: 8
 
Merlot Infused Brownies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup of Merlot
  • ¾ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • ½ cup of AP flour
  • For the ganache
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp of Merlot
  • Finish with sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla.
  3. Add the eggs.
  4. Add in the baking soda and flour.
  5. Lightly mix until incorporated.
  6. Pour in the Merlot and stir until you have an even batter.
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes until center is set.
  8. For the ganache-
  9. Heat the cream in the microwave for about 40 seconds on high.
  10. Add the vanilla and chocolate.
  11. Mix until the chocolate starts to melt.
  12. Add the Merlot and whisk until smooth.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Nutella Caramel Fudge Brownies

caramel nutella brownies

I know Рwho do I think I am posting two Nutella recipes in a row? I just cannot help myself! I have no idea how I have somehow lumped Nutella and the fall season together. Something about this cocoa hazelnut spread just has my taste buds singing! I also needed a reason to use up the left over caramel sauce from my caramel corn cupcakes.  Picture thick fudgey brownies swirled with caramel and nutella then topped with even more caramel and nutella.

caramel nutella brownies

I believe there are two kinds of people in the dessert world. Those who like fluffy cake like brownies and those who like thick gooey almost under baked brownies. I, my friends, relate to the second group of brownie lovers. I have never been a fan of fluffy brownies. When my brownies are gooey soft and melty they are perfection. If these were not already so sweet I would suggest topping with gelato. BUT these are already such a treat. So much chocolate. So much nutella. So much delicious caramel.

caramel nutella brownies

Nutella Caramel Fudge Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert, Brownies
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Serves: 8
 
Thick fudge brownies with nutella and caramel.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup of nutella (plus more for spreading on top)
  • ¼ cup of caramel (plus more for drizzling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cup of sugar
  • ¾ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cup of flour
  • 2 tbsp of water or coffee
  • 1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 10 tbsp of salted butter melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a square 8 inch pan.
  3. Whisk the butter and sugar.
  4. Add in the vanilla.
  5. Add in the eggs.
  6. Whisk until slightly thickened.
  7. Mix in the cocoa powder.
  8. Add in the flour and baking powder.
  9. Mix in the water.
  10. Do not over mix.
  11. If the batter looks too thick you can add another tbsp of water.
  12. It should be thick, but thin enough to move around in the pan.
  13. Top the batter with caramel and nutella.
  14. Take a knife and swirl around the top.
  15. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center is just barely set.
  16. Let cool.
  17. Spread the top with more nutella.
  18. Drizzle extra caramel over the top.

caramel nutella brownies

You don’t have to make these immediately, but you would honestly be missing out if you didn’t! These brownies are so amazing, I am going to give them all away so I don’t eat them all in bed watching Netflix!

caramel nutella brownies

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Homemade Pecan Brownie Sundaes

pecan brownies

brownie sundae

And then there are days when you just need a brownie. Smothered in gelato. Topped with whip cream and sprinkles.

My favorite kind of brownies have a crunchy top that you can tap with your spoon and it opens up to a dense fudge center. You know what I am talking about. It is reminiscent of creme brulee – you tap with a spoon and the top “shell” cracks revealing the good stuff.

I love adding nuts to my brownies. Usually walnuts, but this time I decided to use pecan halves.

When the brownies were done I topped them with some dark chocolate chips. This gave them a rich gooey topping.

We picked up some vanilla caramel gelato to scoop on top and added our favorite whip cream. I used a sectioned brownie pan to make small servings.

If you are feeling extra daring I would recommend chocolate gelato with hot fudge too! Yum!

Brownies

Homemade Pecan Brownie Sundaes
Recipe type: Baking, Dessert
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Easy homemade pecan brownies topped with gelato and whip cream.
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces of dark or semi sweet chocolate
  • 1½ stick of unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of nuts
  • extra chocolate for topping
  • Gelato
  • Whip cream
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate and stir together until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl mix sugar and eggs until fluffy and pale.
  4. Add in the chocolate mixture.
  5. Stir in the flour and salt until combined.
  6. Fold in the nuts.
  7. Pour into a 9 inch pan or a brownie pan.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until set.
  9. Top with extra chocolate.
  10. Let cool.
  11. Top your brownie with the gelato and whip cream.
  12. Enjoy!

Next time you are in the mood for chocolate, try these pecan brownies! They are so easy to customize. Just choose your favorite nuts and chocolate and you are good to go!

pecan brownies

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