Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ben & Jerry's super fudge brownies

If you're a fan of any of the Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors with the brownies, you're in luck! Because this is the fudge brownie recipe that they use!

This past summer, we made a few trips to the beach. My husband was swimming in some open-water races, so Addie and I went to cheer him on. While we were at the beach, we got to enjoy some ice cream.

We used to have a Ben & Jerry's store in town, but it closed many years ago. So the only way we can get it is either at a grocery store or with a visit to the beach. I am happy to report that we were able to enjoy some Ben & Jerry's while at the beach this summer. And I had almost forgotten how much I love their ice creams since I don't purchase the pints very often.

One of my favorite add-ins are their brownies. They are thick, chewy and go perfectly with the ice cream. I was lucky enough to find the recipe in the Ben & Jerry's cookbook and had to recreate it.

While I liked the brownies, they didn't feel chocolate-y enough. I can see how they would go well as an add-in for ice cream. The brownies felt a bit thin, but I halved the recipe below so perhaps it would have been better if I had used the entire recipe. Regardless, they are definitely very fudge-like and fun to snack on!


Ben & Jerry's super fudge brownies
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease or line a standard 13"x9" baking pan and set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave or over a double boiler. Mix well and allow to cool to room temperature. You can speed this up by placing the bowl in the refrigerator, but don't allow it to solidify.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl if using a handheld mixer, beat the eggs and salt together on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Slowly add in the sugar and vanilla. Then add the chocolate mixture. 

Turn your mixer to low and gently fold in the flour and mix until everything just comes together. Do not over mix.

Transfer the batter to your prepared pan and bake in your preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center may come up with a bit of wet batter, and that's OK. 

Allow the brownies to cool before serving.

Leftover brownies should be stored, covered, in an airtight container or at room temperature. They are a fantastic add-in for ice cream!

Yield: One 13"x9" pan; about 24-32 brownies, depending on how large you slice them

Source: Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book, by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

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