Rich, chewy, gooey, fudgy chocolate brownies swirled with your favorite berry jam. Decadent & delicious ♥
I need chocolate!
I’m in the midst of dotting the i’s & crossing my t’s of my tax details, a kitchen renovation and a major snowstorm. It’s just all a bit much right now, and nothing fixes me up better than a baking session and some serious chocolate goodness.
I haven’t been doing much baking lately. I’ve been pretty fixated on kombucha. I love the stuff, was spending way too much money buying endless bottles of it and decided a few months ago it was time to start brewing it myself. It’s been wonderful and I’m having so much fun creating endless flavor combinations. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how many gallons I have brewing….
Ha – I’ve become a booch push as well. I’m trying to share my love of brewing kombucha with friends & family, but no one shares my enthusiasm. If you’re nearby me and want to start brewing, I’ll definitely give you what you need to get started 🙂
So back to being snowed in. We have had a pretty mild winter thus far, so it’s not quite a “Shining” style snowed in event, but man oh man, 16+ inches of snow in less than a day is some serious snowfall.
If you’ve never experienced a good snow day, I’ll break it down for you. Wake up, no school, no work. Sit down to a BIG breakfast, layer up in your snow gear and then get to shoveling, snowblowing & clean-up efforts. Go inside warm up, drink some coffee/hot cocoa/hot drink of choice, enjoy the beauty of the snow and
marvel at the chaotic sounds of a full house when it should be rightfully empty & silent at this time of the week. Get dressed in snow gear again and play in the snow until the kids are about 10 minutes from frostbite. Battle to get them in. Head indoors, warm up and repeat. Depending how much snow you get – you may be repeating this process a few times.
Some baked goodness was in order here for everyone. People were cold, people were tired, people wanted to sled. Oh, and people definitely didn’t want to do anymore shoveling.
These rich, gooey, fudgy brownies hit the spot for everyone. Seriously – excessive amounts of caffeine, sugar & chocolate are needed to fuel one up for the hours of snow activities.
You can use whatever jam or spread you prefer. I usually use raspberry or strawberry – but would love to try this with some orange marmalade or cranberry butter. I used my favorite unsweetened baking chocolate in this recipe and it makes all the difference. Use the best stuff you got when you want good brownies. (I love Scharffen Berger Unsweetened Dark Chocolate)
Try your hardest to not over bake these. These brownies are a little tricky – the tops will look too gooey to be done because of the jam. Time them and watch them. Bake until the brownies start pulling away from the sides of pan. The edges will start to look set.
Back to taxes, shoveling and schooling my girls on sledding. Stay warm ♥
- 1 cup butter
- 4 ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup strawberry or raspberry jam
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Prep a 8" square pan with grease/cooking spray or line with aluminum foil and spritz with cooking oil (overhang edges)
- Cut butter into a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Add chopped chocolate.
- Microwave for 30 seconds, stir. Repeat until melted, smooth & combined. Should take 90 seconds total microwave time.
- In a large bowl or mixer, combine sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and beat until thoroughly mixed.
- Add melted chocolate & butter. Beat until thoroughly mixed.
- Add in salt and flour. Beat until just combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- In a small bowl, stir jam until smooth. Drop jam evenly over batter - 3 rows of 3. Swirl jam thru brownies using knife.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan.