Somewhere between brownie and cake lies this dessert. Deeply chocolate. Moist center. Decadent ganache.
My daughter says it's more brownie. My son says it's more cake. I say does it matter what you call it when there's silky smooth ganache on top?
Brownie Cake with Ganache
For the brownie/cake:
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 oz semi sweet chocolate, melted & cooled slightly
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup flour
For the ganache:
1 cup semisweet chocolate (I find chocolate chips to be suitable for everyday)
6 oz heavy cream
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease and flour an 8 or a 9 inch cake pan and set aside. In a small bowl, combine the baking soda, salt, baking powder, cocoa and flour. Set aside.
2. In a bowl, combine the butter and sugar and beat until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Slowly mix in melted chocolate.
3. Add the flour mixture and the milk alternately mixing slowly until well combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 22-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few fudgy crumbs on it.
4. Cool cake on a wire rack in the pan for 15 minutes. Loosen the edges and allow to cool completely.
5. To make the ganache--Combine the semisweet chocolate and the cream in a small saucepan. Cook on medium low heat, stirring constantly until completely smooth and combined. Place something under the cake on the wire rack to catch the drips and then pour the warm ganache over the cake until it is completely covered. You may need to smooth the ganache along the sides of the cake to ensure complete coverage. Allow the ganache to set before serving or before covering and storing.
If I had to pick brownie or cake I'd lean a little more towards cake because of the leavening, it's baked in a cake pan and you slice it like a cake.
And you eat it with a fork. Enjoy it with a mug of hot coffee or a glass of cold milk. I intended it to be for dessert but slice yourself a small sliver and it's perfect for the wasteland between lunch and dinner.