Chocolate is always a simple pleasure in my home, however, I tend not to gravitate toward cakes or brownies. But, when I saw David Lebovitz’s recipe for unsweetened chocolate brownies (also known and named as Dave and Kate’s brownies – that’s Katherine Hepburn, be sure to read how he grew up next to Katherine’s family in California), I wanted to try my hand at something similar.
Taking a look at what I had in my épicerie, and having just realized two days ago I had an entire bag full of mixed “fancy” nuts from Trader Joe’s that needed to be used, I thought to myself I could put them to good use for brownies and a simple pleasure to be enjoyed during this first week of staying-at-home due to the CoVid-19 epidemic.
Not having unsweetened quality chocolate in my house, I did have Scharffen Berger’s dark chocolate which is something I love to make chocolat chaud and wrap in my Pain au Chocolat. So using this instead, I reduced the amount of sugar in the original recipe, added the nuts I had in my pantry, and crossed my fingers.
Pleasantly pleased I was as they were not too sweet, not too decadent and had so much subtle crunch sprinkled within each bite, my tastebuds danced.
Simple and delicious and perfect for making the most of staples in your épicerie that may not have been used, enjoy a bit of chocolate without a bit of guilt. Have a look at the recipe below.