Salty & Fudgy Peanut Brownies

Geoffry Le Cher Recipe

By Geoffry Le Cher Geoffry

Sweet, savory, creamy and crunchy play well together and this 'snack' is proof that when in proper balance, dessert can take on Zen-like qualities.

So, what is the 'BEST PART' of this treat, you might ask?

That's easy... the frosting has frosting!

- Geoffry

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1 dozen
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1 1/2 stick
butter, unsalted
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7 oz
bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 c
1 1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
1/4 tsp
eggs (large)
1 c
ap flour
1 c
roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1 c
chunky peanut butter (do not use natural/old-fashioned.)
1 stick
unsalted butter, divided, room temperature
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3/4 c
confectioners' sugar
1/8 tsp
kosher salt
1/8 tsp
fresh ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp
whole milk
1 tsp
vanilla extract
7 oz
bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Directions Step-By-Step

Preparation For brownies:

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Line 13x9x2-inch class baking pan with parchment paper, leaving long overhang; butter paper.

Place 3/4 cup butter in heavy large saucepan. Add both chocolates; stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar, vanilla, and salt, then eggs, 1 at a time. Fold in flour, then nuts. Spread in prepared pan. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes. Place pan on rack; cool.
For frosting:

Using electric mixer, beat peanut butter and 1/4 cup butter in medium bowl to blend. Beat in powdered sugar, salt, and nutmeg, then milk and vanilla. Spread frosting over brownies
For ganache:

Stir chocolate and 1/4 cup butter in heavy small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Drop ganache all over frosting; spread to cover. Chill until set, about 1 1/2 hours. Do ahead Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled.
To serve:

Using paper as aid, transfer brownie cake to work surface; cut into squares (using an electric knife). Bring to room temperature; serve!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: American