Fudgy, chewy brownies swirled with homemade caramel throughout are a caramel lovers' dream.
Football season is kicking off and what better dessert to pass than brownies. Fudgy, chewy brownies are definitely a go to recipe (try my one bowl brownies). But today I'm bringing my homemade caramel brownies to the table. They are also fudgy but have the addition of homemade caramel sauce swirled throughout without being overly sweet. It's the perfect combination of rich chocolate and sweet caramel.
How to measure flour and cocoa powder properly
Measuring flour and cocoa powder, sounds simple right?! Well, yes it is, but there's a few things to pay attention to when measuring these ingredients to yield a moist, fudgy caramel brownie. The most accurate method is to use a digital kitchen scale. However, if you don't own a scale here is an easy method (also known as the 'spoon and level method') to ensure accuracy.
Using a spoon, scoop flour (or cocoa powder) into your measuring cup. DO NOT use the measuring cup to scoop the flour or else this will result in measuring extra flour (which will alter the final texture of your baked good). Additionally, avoid patting down the flour or shaking/tapping the measuring cup. These techniques will cause extra flour to settle into the measuring cup. Instead, use a flat surface, such as a knife, to level off the top of the measuring cup so you are left with flat, smooth measured flour. Believe me, using the spoon and level method is simple and worth the extra step to produce fudgy, chewy brownies.
How to incorporate caramel into brownies
It can be a bit tricky in incorporate the caramel into the brownies. The batter is thick and the caramel is runny, but it's absolutely doable. Don't worry about perfection!
First allow the caramel to cool 10-15 minutes before adding it to the brownie batter. Begin by pouring 2/3 of the brownie batter into a prepared 8x8-inch baking dish and smooth (an offset spatula does the trick). Then pour 3/4 of the caramel sauce over the batter while allowing for a 1/2" border on all four sides. Finally, carefully pour the remaining brownie batter over the caramel and spread. Because of the thickest of the batter, caramel may seep out of the border which is completely fine.
Reserve the remaining 1/4 of the caramel sauce to drizzle over the baked caramel brownies. The extra caramel is the perfect touch and a beautiful presentation.