I’d like to interject with a brief interlude between all of the Madrid coverage with a related (sorta?) recipe! These brownies are swirled with big dollops of dulce de leche–that’s Spanish for sweet milk (that’s the semi relevant–okay, it’s a stretch–part!)
Dulce de leche is pretty much a delicious variant of caramel…I promise you’ll love it!
I used it from a can like this. Rumor has it that you can make your own dulce de leche from a can of condensed milk submerged in water or something like that, but the recipe always caution about explosions. Google it! It’s a little too scary for me.
This way is much easier. And yes, it’s as gooey and delicious as it looks!
Dulce de Leche Brownies
from David Lebovitz
8 tablespoons (115g) salted or unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 ounces (170g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup (25g) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1 cup (200g) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (140g) flour
optional: 1 cup chocolate chunks
1 cup Dulce de Leche
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a 8-inch square pan with a long sheet of aluminum foil that covers the bottom and reaches up the sides. Grease the bottom and sides of the foil with a bit of butter or non-stick spray.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the chocolate pieces and stir constantly over very low heat until the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Add in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sugar, vanilla, then the flour. Mix in the chocolate chunks, if using.
Scrape half of the batter into the prepared pan. Here comes the fun part:
Drop one-third of the Dulce de Leche, evenly spaced, over the brownie batter, then drag a knife through to swirl it slightly. Spread the remaining brownie batter over, then drop spoonfuls of the remaining dulce de leche in dollops over the top of the brownie batter. Use a knife to swirl the dulce de leche slightly.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. The brownies are done when the center feels just slightly firm. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
Storage: These brownies actually become better the second day, and will keep well for up to 3 days.