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Buzz bars

Buzz bars
Los Angeles Times

A few years ago the Italian coffee company LavAzza hired the world's leading molecular gastronomist, Ferran Adria, to come up with coffee you can eat. The Spanish chef, known as the wizard of foam, converted a cappuccino into what appears ... Read more

Time: 40 minutes, plus 20 minutes for cooling | Serves 12
Note: Adapted from "Something Sweet" by Jack Bishop. The brownies are best eaten the day they are baked.
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons very strong espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or pistachios

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch-square baking dish.

Step 2Combine the stick of butter with the chocolate and espresso powder in the top of a double boiler or in a steel bowl set over simmering water in a pot. Heat, stirring often, until the butter and chocolate are melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the Kahlua, vanilla and sugar, mixing well. Let cool 5 minutes.

Step 3Stir the eggs into the batter until completely incorporated. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and stir into the batter, mixing well. Stir in the nuts. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

Step 4Bake for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted halfway between the edge and the center of the pan comes out clean. Do not overbake. Cool on a rack before cutting into bars.

Each serving:
246 calories; 3 grams protein; 25 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 16 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 56 mg. cholesterol; 58 mg. sodium.
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