Today I felt a little extra. So, I needed to make a brownie that was ultra extra. This super moist, ooey-gooey brownie has mini-marshmallows, chocolate covered walnuts and a homemade caramel sauce and dark chocolate drizzle. The perfect brownie to send you over into hyper-drive Wonka-land.
OK. So, I am supposed to be chillin’ on the sugar intake. I’ve been pretty good not to eat the sweets as I style and photograph them. Maybe a nibble here and there, but as a single guy, I do what I can to make sure that the brownies leave the building and into my neighbor’s tummies.
I just started to learn how to make fresh caramel sauce and it’s so easy. I LOVE making it!
How do you make salted caramel sauce?
This recipe didn’t call for caramel sauce, but I’m the kind of guy who goes the extra mile with all the bells-n-whistles.
The salted caramel sauce is pretty simple. It just takes a careful eye and a smidge of patience.
Sugar: White granulated sugar is the way to go.
Butter: Unsalted butter is what I use for my caramel sauce. You’ll be adding salt so using unsalted butter works the best.
Heavy Cream: A pint of heavy cream divided in half is the measurement you’ll need. Meaning, only a half a cup is all you need.
Essentially you take the sugar and 1/4 cup of water and add them to a 4 quart sauce pan. Bring to a boil and let it simmer without stirring until the sugar begins to turn an amber color. Close to the color of honey. Being careful not to burn the sugar syrup. Then you add the butter, take it of the heat and whisk in the cream, vanilla and salt. There you have a scrumptious salted caramel sauce that is also perfect on pancakes and ice cream!
Ingredients for rocky road brownies and salted caramel sauce:
- Vanilla extract
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Dark chocolate chips
What are Rocky Road Brownies?
I’m sure you’ve heard of rocky road ice cream, right? It’s chocolate ice cream with nuts and marshmallows. It’s the same concept but in brownie form.
Cocoa powder: This seals the deal. The unsweetened cocoa powder adds this rich chocolatey punch that is essential for a chocolate brownie.
Semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips: I love dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is bitter and less sweet than milk chocolate. This is best to keep the sweet level at bay.
Marshmallows: Marshmallows are divine. You can use marshmallow spread for this too.