I LOVE fudgey brownies. Absolutely adore them especially with walnuts :)
This recipe was perfect for me because it was a fudgey brownie with walnuts, espresso powder, and cinnamon. What more could a girl ask for?
Well I will tell you….ICE CREAM!!!!
Oh yes, Vanilla Ice Cream no less. I ended up making two recipes for Tuesdays with Dorie, but I will only be discussing the brownies today. For the brownies, I substituted espresso powder for the instant coffee granules and pecans for the walnuts because of course I was out. For the cinnamon I used Chinese Cassia Cinnamon from Penzeys Spices. I actually had issues with getting the brownies out of the pan. I guess the parchment paper got a little stuck to the pan. It was like an airtight seal. To get the brownies out, I just sliced them in the pan and once I could pry up one corner they popped out :)
These brownies were fantastic. They had the perfect amount of fudginess to them. I actually didn’t even noticed the espresso flavor, but every once in awhile I would get a nice cinnamon flavor. The vanilla ice cream counter balanced all the chocolate and it worked perfect together.
I ended up taking these to a cookout with some friends, and everyone loved them. They even brought out the fat free Cool Whip and pink sprinkles. Seeing as I am a purest when it comes to brownies and ice cream, I kept it simple with no additions :)