This mocha brownies recipe comes to us from The Pioneer Woman. It marks a delicious combination of sweet flavors for dessert.
These indulgent mocha brownies will satisfy your craving for coffee AND for chocolate, all in one delicious bite!
Worried that your baking skills aren't quite up to scratch? Well, worry no more - this recipe is easy to follow and gives outstanding results every time.
Top tips for perfect mocha brownies
Before you start...
Take the eggs out of the fridge 30 minutes before you start, allowing them to come to room temperature. This is because cold eggs don't mix as well as room temperature ones.
Save time on clean up by pre-lining your baking pan with parchment paper or waxed paper.
Not only does it keep your pan clean, it also makes it easier to lift out the brownies once they're cooked.
And whilst we're on the subject of your pan...
Adjust the cooking time depending on your bakeware.
Take into account the fact that the material your pan or dish is made of may affect your cooking time.
As a general rule, brownies cooked in a metal pan will cook more quickly than those cooked in a glass dish.
Making the brownies
Use good quality chocolate for a richer, more delicious result. Bars of chocolate (from the baking aisle) give better results than chocolate chips.
The recipe calls for 'strongly brewed' coffee. This is important! The coffee needs to be good and strong for the flavor to come through in the finished product.
Don't overmix! The recipe tells you to mix the flour 'just until combined'. Why? Because overmixing can lead to too much air being incorporated into the batter. This will affect the texture of your brownies... and not in a good way!
Brownies are MEANT to be moist. Use a skewer to check for 'done-ness'. Although the center shouldn't be too soft, it will be softer than other types of cakes that require the skewer to come out clean when pushed into the middle.
Start checking 5 minutes or so before the end of the cooking time.
Don't try slicing the brownies before refrigerating them (step 9). It will be much harder to slice them neatly.
These gorgeously gooey mocha brownies taste delicious just as they are! But here are a few fun ways to enjoy them:
- Serve them with ice cream or a nice blob of canned whipped cream
- Cut into smaller squares for a dinner party and serve with after-dinner coffee
- Top with chocolate chips, chopped nuts - or even crushed Oreos - for an extra crunch!