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Chocolate Carrot Brownies

by on September 20, 2007 · 5 comments

Adapted from Food Writer’s Favorite cookies.


Chocolate Carrot Brownies

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut up
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup finely shredded carrots
1/3 cup gold or dark raisins
3/4 cup finely chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
2 teaspoons orange zest
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square metal baking pan with non-stick foil or parchment paper.

In a microwave-safe bowl or in a heavy saucepan set over low heat, melt the chocolate and butter. Set aside to cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly stir together the flour, sugar and salt.

Using a rubber scraper, scrape the slightly cooled chocolate into a second mixing bowl. With a wooden spoon, beat in the eggs, one egg at a time. Pour the chocolate/egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir until well-blended. Stir in the vanilla, carrots, raisins, nuts and orange zest. Add extra chocolate chips if using. Spread mixture in lined pan and bake for 28-30 minutes.

Let cool completely in pan set on a rack. Lift from pan and cut into squares.

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Published on September 20, 2007

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous September 20, 2007 at 11:42 am

where is the flour?

Anna September 20, 2007 at 11:50 am

Well, I wish I could say they were flourless, but there’s 3/4 cup flour. Thanks for catching that. I need to hire an editor.

Now the brownies do NOT contain any soda or baking powder, so that part is correct. The dry mixture is just flour/sugar/salt.

JEP September 20, 2007 at 4:58 pm

Wow–have never heard of carrots in brownies!

Johnny September 20, 2007 at 6:46 pm

Hmm, these kind of remind me of fruit cake…except without all the fear and dry heaving.

They defiantly look good. Nice and thick!

Anna September 20, 2007 at 7:00 pm

I’d never heard of carrots in brownies either, which is why I tried these. They were much better than I expected.

Johnny, they reminded me of fruitcake as well — but as you mentioned, without the side effects. They were all around festive.

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