|Triple Chocolate Cashew Brownies|
Triple Chocolate Cashew Brownies
6 oz Semi Sweet Chocolate
1/2 c Butter, cut into Tablespoons
1 Vanilla Bean, scraped
1 t Salt
2 Eggs, beaten
2/3 c Cashew Meal (ground Cashews) (you can substitute Ground Almonds but I didn't have any)
1/2 c Flour + 1T
1/3 c Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 c Granulated Sugar
3 T Cocoa, (not drinking Chocolate)
1 T Kahlua
2 T Chocolate, chunks
2 T Pecans, roughly chopped
Butter and line and butter an 8x8 non-stick Baking Pan with parchement paper (not wax paper unless you like eating crayons).
In a small food processor, place 2/3 c Unsalted Roasted Cashews and 1 T flour. Mine were frozen and I think that helped clumping. Pulse continually checking that it isn't clumping. Shake it around and tap the bowl to ensure the corners aren't collecting clumps. Don't run constantly too long because you risk turning it into Cashew butter. It will look like the texture of wet sand. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
In a pyrex or heat proof bowl, place the Chocolate, Butter and Vanilla Bean scraping. Place over a pot of activingly simmering water. You want clearance from the water so the Bowl should be able to sit in the pot not fit in it at all.
I don't like to touch it for 5 minutes until the Chocolate and Butter start too ooze. Then gently nudge the unmelted pieces closer to the heat. When most of it looks melted or on the verge of melting, carefully lift the bowl off the water and place on heat proof surface. Stir with a Silcon Spatula, i.e. heat proof. Sugar and Chocolate cook VERY hot and will melt regular rubber ones. Stirring will complete the melting and cool the mixture. Stir until glistening and smooth. Add the salt and stir to ensure even distribution..
Add the Sugars and Cocoa. Stir vigourously. It will look grainy. That is okay. Add the Kalhua and the Eggs. Work the Eggs in well. They will absorb completely. As well, constant mixing will prevent the Chocolate from cooking the Eggs if you haven't let the Chocolate cool enough.
Mix the Flour and Ground Cashews together in a small bowl. Add the Flour Cashew mix in 1/4 c portions Do not over mix. Fold by scooping from the bottom and swooping around the outside of the bowl.
Pour into the baking pan. Shake the pan gently to spread out. Top with the Chocolate Chunks and Chopped Pecans.
Place the pan into the oven one rack lower than the middle. After closing the door. Turn down the heat to 325 F.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
You can use a T or more less Flour for a fudgier Brownie. As well, you can use Almonds instead of Cashews. I did not have any Almonds in the house and have loads of Cashews in the freezer. Mom has this thing about giving me Cashews when I visit. They are my favourite but I've stopped taking them since my stores were becoming a bit nuts. Ground Almonds may be easier for most if you want to avoid doing the grinding because you can buy Almond meal in the supermarket anywhere. Cashew 'Flour' on the other hand is only available in specialty shops and on line.
Cut with a clean knife and wipe down as you cut or you'll mangle them.