These brownies are a creation by my friend Michele over at Blue Hive journals http://bluehivejournals.blogspot.com/. She raises her own bees and has so many great posts about her bee adventures. She created this recipe for her local fair and I have to say it's a really good recipe. I have a bunch of creamed honey left over from Scout fundraisers so I thought this would be a good way to use some of it. I will warn you - it's a lot of honey. I was actually surprised how much honey it was but the brownies were amazing. Of course we don't work with butter but the recipe worked great with margarine. (I didn't have unsweetened chocolate but semi sweet worked great - giradelli makes a good DF semi sweet chocolate chip).
A slightly bigger pan will make thinner brownies. I was really surprised by these treats - the batter's flavor was very vanilla-y but the end result was a light chocolate-y flavor. Though it's a lot of honey, the brownies are not overly sweet and made a nice accompaniment to ice cream (soy or coconut would work great).
I am really grateful to Michele for sharing this recipe and look forward to trying it with some of the fruit flavored honey that I have left over (I think we've used up all the "normal" flavors).
Bee's Knees Brownies
1 cup butter, the real stuff
1 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 cup honey from happy bees
1 tsp good vanilla
3 large eggs from a local farm
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup of pecans, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 350' and grease a 9x12 pan.
Melt butter and chocolate in a water bath (for me that is a glass bowl nestled in a small pot with water it). Mix until very smooth. Add honey and vanilla and let cool. Whip the eggs until frothy and add a small amount of the chocolate to temper the eggs. Then add the remaining chocolate. Add cocoa and flour and stir until just moistened. Pour in to pan and top with nuts.
Bake 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting and use a very sharp knife when you do.