With Valentine's Day coming up, you must all be looking for decadent chocolate desserts. This recipe came to me randomly when I was working on a project for my friends at Organic Valley last month. They had asked for something a bit more decadent as a prop for a recent shoot. And of course, I thought of brownies. However, I had no canola oil at home - just olive oil. I also had raspberries that I was using for the shoot, so here we are with a recipe for Olive Oil Raspberry Brownies!
Do you guys prefer cakey or fudgy brownies? I usually prefer fudgy brownies, but cakey ones have a place in my heart too and are really good when they have the right compliments to them. These brownies are more on the cakey side versus the fudgy side, which makes them a little bit lighter and not too rich. The added fresh raspberries bake into them and kinda create their own raspberry jam inside, which makes them a nice compliment to the cakey brownie.
I loved that I had no canola oil and just used olive oil. It gives these brownies a little bit of a savory side to them in a very subtle way. You could use any oil you have on hand, such as canola oil or coconut oil. The coconut oil would make a for a sweeter brownie too. Plus, I added some course sea salt on top because I love sweet and salty, but that is totally optional! Get the recipe for my Olive Oil Raspberry Brownies below.
Tips for making the best Olive Oil Raspberry Brownies
• Lining your pan with parchment paper is super important. This guarantees your brownies will come out in tact.
• When boiling water, boil more than 1/3 cup. If you walk away from the stove and your water has been boiling for a minute, some can evaporate. Better to add a little extra, so when you're actually pouring the boiling water over the chocolate you don't run out. I heat the water, then measure exactly 1/3 cup, then pour into my mixing bowl over the chocolate.
• When measuring the water, make sure to use a measuring cup and not a liquid measuring cup as those can be inaccurate if you aren't looking at it straight on.
• Once you pour in the hot water, you must work quickly as it immediately starts cooling. So don't leave your brownies at this stage. Once you add the hot water, you must mix immediately in order to melt the chocolate.
• After mixing in all your ingredients, make sure to spread the brownie batter evenly into the pan. It will bake how it's spread, so if it's uneven on one side or corner, you'll notice it when they come out of the oven!
• Make sure to store your brownies in an airtight container so they retain their freshness.
Olive Oil Raspberry Brownies
191 grams (1 1/2 cups) organic all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla bean
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
226 grams (1 cup) organic cane sugar
43 grams (1/2 cup) organic Dutch cocoa powder
43 grams (1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon) organic dark chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup boiling water
1/3 cup organic olive oil
1 organic large egg
1 organic large egg yolk
113 grams (scant 1 cup) organic raspberries
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, vanilla bean, baking powder, and sea salt and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cane sugar, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate chunks. Pour boiling water on top of the dark chocolate chunks and immediately start mixing on low. Adding the boiling water will melt the dark chocolate and combine the rest of ingredients into a smooth looking chocolate.
Add the olive oil, egg, and egg yolk to the chocolate mixture. Then add the flour mixture right on top and mix on low until combined, do not over mix.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Stick the fresh raspberries into the brownie batter right on top.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
High Altitude - Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
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