Coffee & Cream Brownies are scratch fudge brownies topped with a layer of coffee flavored buttercream and ganache. The recipe is an old one, and I apologize for the photo! I'll update it in the very near (or not so near, in this case) future. Don't let the photo scare you away from the recipe.
Coffee & Cream Brownies
8 tablespoons butter, cut up (salted)
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅔ cup all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
2 ½ tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with foil and grease the bottom only. If you'd rather use parchment, you can use that.
Place the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir well to distribute heat, and repeat, microwaving at 30 second intervals until chocolate is melted (should take about 1 minute total). Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar by hand with a heavy duty scraper until well blended. Beat in vanilla. Stir the flour and baking soda together in a separate bowl, then add them to batter. Stir until incorporated. Spread in pan and rap the pan hard against the counter so that air bubbles come to the top.
Bake the brownies for 23-25 minutes or until they look and smell done. Remove from oven and let cool. For fudgier brownies, "quick cool" in a pan of ice water.
When brownies are cool, prepare filling. In a small cup, stir together cream and coffee to dissolve coffee. In a mixing bowl, stir together butter and powdered sugar. Add cream/coffee mixture and stir well, then beat with a mixer until very fluffy. If necessary, add a little more cream. Spread this over the cooled brownies and chill for about half an hour.
Make chocolate topping. Combine the bittersweet chips and whipping cream in microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for 30 seconds, then stir. If chips are not completely melted, repeat. Spread melted chocolate mixture over coffee mixture. Chill until chocolate is set (doesn't take long - about 30 minutes). Cut into 12 to 16 brownies.