Sunday, April 13, 2014

Avocado Brownies

Hey hey, long time no post (again). I've been trying to soak up as much of college life as I can before I leave. So I've been...really social lately. Like, more than I've been in my entire life. It's weird, being so social while simultaneously identifying strongly as an introvert. It makes me wonder...if I was constantly surrounded by the right people, would I become an extrovert, feeding off of their positive energy? It's an interesting thought, and one I've never had to entertain. 

Okay, so I just zoned out for like ten minutes in the middle of this post thinking about what is important in life, what I'm going to look back on and remember. And what I can in forming these moments for others. Does that make sense? There are so many people I can name who have been catalysts to a better life for me. And I just hope I'm living my life so that others can say the same about me. 

None of this has anything to do with avocados. There was just an awesome deal at the store that I couldn't resist. I've had great luck with chocolate avocado cake that I often made in Ireland, so I was hoping these would turn out similarly. I honestly...wasn't super impressed. They were definitely good, but cakier than I typical enjoy my brownies to be, and even with Mexican chocolate, chili powder, and cinnamon, I didn't really taste any heat. Then again, my chili may or may not be pretty old. But hey, make them yourself and form your own opinions! 

Avocado Brownies 
adapted slightly from Muy Bueno Cookbook

1 pinch of sea salt
1 1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
5 ounces dark chocolate chips

5 ounces Mexican chocolate
1 stick butter
2 smallish avocados, mashed/puréed
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
5 eggs, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9”x13” pan.

In a medium size bowl combine salt, flour, cocoa powder, chili, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter until smooth, add puréed avocado and stir until completely combined.
Turn off heat and add granulated sugar and brown sugar, stir until combined.
Remove bowl from double boiler and cool to room temperature. Add 3 eggs and stir until combined. Add remaining eggs and stir until combined.
Slowly fold in dry ingredients. Pour into prepared pan and spread out evenly.
Bake for approximately 30 minutes.

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