I saw this brownie recipe on My Name is Yeh earlier this week and thought it was perfect since I've recently been trying to incorporate new flavors into my traditional favorite sweet treats. And if you know me at all then you know that brownies are my ultimate favorite sweet treat. Also, I'm soon marrying into a family with Turkish roots, so I thought it would be fun to surprise my future hubby with this recipe at the end of a long work-week. Turkish coffee typically describes a method of coffee preparation, but it also often has cardamom mixed into it before serving, so this recipe is a play on those flavors. They are outstanding: fudgy and warm from the cardamom... and the frosting is not to be missed.
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 teaspoons espresso powder
1 stick butter melted, slightly cooled
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prep an 8x8 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and greasing it.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and espresso powder. In another bowl whisk together the cooled butter, eggs, and vanilla until well incorporated. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and then fold in the nuts. Pour into prepared pan and smooth the batter to the edges. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then remove from pan and finish the cooling process on a wire rack. You can either eat these as they are at this point or top them with the following frosting.
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon of water with 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
handful of chopped pecans/sprinkles
Whisk together all of the above ingredients until smooth. Spread onto the brownies before cutting and top with nuts, sprinkles, or just leave them as they are! Cut into pieces, serve and enjoy!