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Dark and Milk Chocolate Brownies

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Dark and Milk Chocolate Brownies

Maybe it’s not fashionable to admit it anymore, but I like milk chocolate. I like that it is creamy and sweet, with a good balance of darker chocolate and dairy notes. I tend to think that it is under-appreciated when it comes to baking these days because some people are so set on dark chocolate that they overlook milk even in applications where it would work well. Brownies are a good example because you want a dark, fudgy brownie with a rich chocolate flavor. Dark chocolate is a natural fit for brownies – something I definitely agree with – but I think that sometimes you can make it even better by giving it something to contrast with, not just putting dark chocolate on dark chocolate.

To illustrate this theory, I put together brownies that use both.

The brownie base uses unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder to give it a dark chocolate flavor. You could actually use your favorite dark chocolate in place of the unsweetened chocolate and still get good results, but the overall flavor will be a touch darker when you use unsweetened. I added chopped milk chocolate to the brownie batter, adding extra sweetness in big, melty chunks within that not-too-sweet dark chocolate background! The brownies have a great fudgy texture all by themselves, so the dark and milk chocolate contrast is a great bonus for chocolate-lovers.

It goes without saying that you should use really good quality chocolate in a recipe like this one to get the best flavors. Use any brand you like. I happened to use both Guittard and Ghiradelli in this recipe. And, as I said before, you can use dark chocolate in place of the unsweetened chocolate and still get great results. These brownies won’t last long, but they keep very well in the freezer if you’re not going to eat them within a couple of days of baking them.

Dark and Milk Chocolate Brownies
1/2 cup butter, softened
2-oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup chopped milk chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease.
In a small, heatproof bowl, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir with a fork until very smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Whisking steadily, pour chocolate mixture into sugar mixture. Stir until smooth. Sift flour, cocoa powder and salt into the bowl and stir until just combined. Stir in milk chocolate chunk, then pour brownie batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, until brownies set and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the pan comes out with only a few moist crumbs, not batter, attached.
Cool in the pan completely before slicing and serving.

Makes about 20 brownies

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  • Cathie
    August 11, 2010

    Thank you! I love milk chocolate, and it’s somehow unfashionable nowadays. How can chocolate be unfashionable?!

  • MaryMoh
    August 11, 2010

    I love brownies. I can have it anytime 😀 Your brownies look so good I wish I can have some to go with a cup of coffee…..mmm

  • briarrose
    August 11, 2010

    They look wonderful and I love the mix of chocolates.

  • Linda
    August 11, 2010

    I think my biggest negative with milk chocolate is how easy it scorches. Really makes it hard to work with but chips added to a brownie or cookie certainly has appeal. Thanks for a recipe I plan to try very soon!

  • Kitchen Corner
    August 11, 2010

    Nicely baked chocolate brownie. I hardly get to cut the brownie nicely because sometimes they are goey inside and crack on the surface when I cut it. These little pieces brownie just nice to me!

  • milay suduko
    August 12, 2010

    My daughter loves chocolate cake brownies, It is always present during special occasions, My recipe seems old style I want to try your recipe.

  • LisAway
    August 12, 2010

    Oh yum! I definitely agree about milk chocolate. Of course, as Linda says it does burn easily, but in brownies there is no problem at all and it gives them a super rich and delicious touch. I have always loved milk chocolate in my brownies! I will have to make these ones!

  • Tawny@ theyearofthecookie
    August 12, 2010

    I love milk chocolate, too! It’s just recently that i’ve started loving dark chocolate as well

  • Laura S.
    August 12, 2010

    Milk chocolate is never unfashionable. I really don’t care for dark chocolate all that much. I will deffinitely try this recipe being the chocoholic that I am!

  • Jennifer @ The Craft Barn
    August 25, 2010

    Looks yummy!
    I featured this recipe on my Yummy Wednesday blog post – here: http://thecraftbarn-ny.blogspot.com/2010/08/yummy-wednesday-825.html

    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

  • Kelsey
    October 11, 2010

    these are in the oven right now, hope they turn out 🙂

  • The Heritage Cook
    August 13, 2010

    Ingredients for Chocolate Monday, Aug 16th…

    I liked your entry and I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog! JB…

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