OK, I have a confession to make. I don't really, fully love brownies. Shocking, I know. But they're usually too sweet for me and they seem so one dimensional. Just chocolate and sugar with no excitement or depth of flavor. I'll make an exception if the brownies are layered with peanut butter or cheesecake but if I'm going to really crave and look forward to a brownie, it probably needs to contain halva.
I don't actually need any inducement to crave halva because it's pretty much one of my favorite things ever and always has been. Although many families make their own, my mother didn't so I grew up eating the halva from the gourmet food stores. Every once in a while I'll run into one that's too sweet but the ones I love are the sesame based ones and they're a perfect blend of sweet and the slightly bitter notes of the tahini it's made with.
It's completely addictive on it's own and I generally have to buy extra if I'm going to bake brownies with it because...um...tastings are going to happen. Although most of the halva will melt into a base for the brownies, some pieces will get swirled in and the whole brownie will have the perfect balance of gooey, chocolatey and that little extra pizzazz that I find lacking in regular brownies.
- 3/4 lb. Halva
- 4 oz. Semisweet chocolate
- 1 Stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1 Cup all purpose flour
- 1 Teaspoon baking powder
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 Teaspoon salt
- Melt the semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Allow to cool slightly.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and butter and flour an 8" square pan. Lining it with parchment paper will also help remove the brownies when they're done.
- Add the sugar and butter to a large bowl and, using a stand or hand mixer, cream them together until the mixture has lightened in color. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and melted and cooled chocolate.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the unsweetened cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir to combine.
- Cut the halva into 1/2" pieces and sprinkle them evenly across the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Pour the brownie batter over the halva and bake for approximately 40 to 45 minutes or until the tops of the brownies are set. All to cool before slicing and removing from the pan.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||33 g|
|Saturated Fat||19 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||10 g|
|Dietary Fiber||6 g|