I made these for a large gathering at my church, oh my they loved them. One person said they were the best brownies she had ever eaten, another said the salted caramel was one of the best he had ever had! I'd say they were well received, only problem was I should have made more! LOL
Please note that the caramel buttercream icing calls for dark brown sugar, it has a much richer flavor and makes a much better caramel icing.
Melt the butter and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes
Melt the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring constantly, takes about 5 minutes. You can also melt it in the microwave however you need stop and stir every 15 seconds so it does not burn. Pour melted butter and chocolate mixture into a mixing bowl, and allow to cool down for 10 minutes. In another bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, and salt, set aside.
Using a wire whisk, whisk white and brown sugar into the cooled chocolate mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time to the chocolate mixture, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla extract. Now gently fold in the flour mixture, being careful not to over mix.
Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 28 to 35 minutes, when the brownies begin to pull away from the edges of the pan they are done. Watch them closely after 28 minutes so they don't over cook. If they over cook they will be hard and not moist and chewy. Set pan on cooling rack and make your caramel buttercream icing.
For caramel buttercream, combine butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add cream and bring to a boil again. Remove from heat and add sifted powdered sugar, now stir till smooth. Quickly pour onto your cooled down brownies, I put it on when the brownies are warm but not hot. Spread on evenly, now sprinkle lightly with course sea salt. Gently pat the sea salt so it sticks to your buttercream icing.
Cut and serve, store any leftovers in airtight container, that is if you have leftovers!
Bet you can't eat just one!