Coffee Rani is a charming neighborhood cafe in Covington and Mandeville Louisiana. They are known throughout the region for their fresh healthy oversized salads, sandwiches, coffees, teas, and of course, desserts. Many years ago, I was invited by Ann Jemison and Angele Darling, the Coffee Rani “sisters,” to bake some of the desserts for Coffee Rani. This recipe is the result of a successful collaboration and was the signature dessert, the Coffee Rani brownie. It is a perfectly balanced chocolate confection with brown and white sugar and semisweet chocolate resulting in a rich chewy, soft, brownie with a crackly exterior. TIP: They are really good when they are warm, just out of the oven.
Coffee Rani Brownies
Published on August 29, 2019 | By surleplat |
- 4 oz semisweet chocolate
- 2 oz butter
- 2 TBSP espresso
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 4 large eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup flour
- ¼ cup cocoa
- 1 cup chopped nuts, preferably walnuts or pecans
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven 325. Melt chocolate, butter, and coffee together. You can melt the chocolate either in a glass mixing bowl in the microwave or in a heavy bottom pot over low heat. Stir constantly until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
- Beat brown and white sugars, eggs and salt until mixture forms a ribbon. Stir flour and cocoa together in a separate bowl.
- Add melted chocolate mixture to beaten egg mixture. Add flour/cocoa mixture and beat all until just combined. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips.
- Butter and flour a 13x9x2 inch pan. Bake brownie mixture at 325 for 25 - 30 minutes until brownies are just set and begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely before cutting.