Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sea Salted Brownies

Fall is officially in the air!  While we still have a few summer days ahead of us, we are are starting to experience some cooler days as well, even hail storms in some places!  Just last week we had a massive hail storm that had to be some of the craziest weather I have ever experienced.  One minute we had a loud thunder/lightening storm, the next minute the skies open to a huge rain/hail storm that left people abandoning their bikes, strollers on the sidewalks with cars pulled over on the street.  As quickly as it started, the storm ended.  In only a few short minutes, this is what had accumulated on my lawn. 
Needless to say,  the cooler weather has me craving comfort foods and freshly baked goods.  These brownies are the perfect combination of sweet and salty, and will kick any chocolate craving that comes your way.  The icing is nice and light, and the perfect addition to this moist brownie. 
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp dark rum
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp ground sea salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp butter, softened
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder, 
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp dark rum
- 1 cup icing sugar
- coarse sea salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan. 
Stir white sugar into melted butter.   Whip in eggs and vanilla extract.  Mix in cocoa powder, and then add flour, seal salt and baking powder, mixing only until combined.  It's important not to over mix during the last step. 
Bake brownies for approximately 30 minutes, until a cake tester (or toothpick) inserted into the middle comes out clean.
While the brownies are cooling, prepare the icing by combining all of the ingredients.  Icing the brownies while slightly warm.   Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.


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