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Raspberry Sea Salt Brownies

Raspberry Sea Salt Brownies from @loveandoliveoil

There are some things you expect in a good brownie. A rich, chocolate flavor. A chewy, fudgy texture. A crispy, crinkly top. With that in mind, these brownies are both expected and unexpected, both sweet and sour, overly decadent with a surprising brightness and salty finish.

Raspberry Sea Salt Brownies from @loveandoliveoil

I expected the raspberries to mellow out in the oven, but the baked raspberries are surprisingly tangy, almost alarmingly so, cutting through the rich chocolate brownie with a puckering punch. You’d be surprised how fruity chocolate can taste when paired with red ripe raspberries.

The brownies themselves are about twice as thick as normal brownies, laden with three kinds of chocolate. You could use a 9-by-9-inch or 11-by-7-inch baking pan for slightly thinner brownies (adjust cooking time accordingly), but the substantial thickness makes these brownies a sight to behold and a joy to devour. Granted, such brownie depths require a bit of patience, needing well over an hour to fully bake and a mandatory overnight chill (trust me, it’s worth the wait.)

Raspberry Sea Salt Brownies from @loveandoliveoil

In my never-ending quest for the brownie to end all brownies, I suppose I’ll never settle on just one. I’ve produced plenty of possible candidates, each different and delicious in its own right. And yet I am always wary of declaring any one of them “the best.” That is such a final statement, and I fear if I ever do make such a claim I’d be reluctant to keep experimenting. And experimentation, the enduring sugary curiosity, is what keeps this blog running, after all. I won’t call these the best just like I won’t call any of the numerous other brownies I’ve made the best (and believe me, I’ve made a lot).

So while these brownies may have everything you’d ever want in a brownie (and more), the sweet, sour, and salty, a trinity of tastes that will do nothing short of delight, I shall only allow myself to call them pretty freaking awesome. Never the best. Because I wholeheartedly believe the best is yet to come.

Raspberry Sea Salt Brownies

Yield: 25 brownies

Total Time: 12 hours

Ingredients:

  • 7 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3.5 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dark or dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 6 ounces (1 pint) fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon large flake sea salt (such as Maldon), for finishing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine dark and milk chocolates, butter, and sugar in microwave safe bowl. Microwave in at half power for about 2 minutes, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds, until chocoalte and butter are melted and mixture forms a grainy paste. Let cool slightly.
  3. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Sift the flour and cocoa on top and fold with a large rubber spatula until no dry ingredients remain.
  4. Fold in half of the raspberries and pour into prepared tray, smoothing out the top. Scatter remaining raspberries over top and sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Bake on the middle shelf for 65 to 75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight before slicing and serving. Brownies will keep, covered in an airtight container, for up to 3 days.

Adapted from BBC GoodFood.

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  1. 1
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Those brownies look like fudge! And that looks amazing! And I totally hear you on declaring things the best. As bloggers, then what to say next month or next year when you figure out the end-all be-all recipe that’s even better. You’re smart to say things like you did…freakin awesome indeed! pinned

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    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 5:04 am

    3 KINDS OF CHOCOLATE? And twice as thick as normal brownies? That is my kind of brownie! I love the raspberry addition – these are so pretty! Pinned :)

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  3. 3
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 5:13 am

    These brownies look so fudgy! and with the raspberries they sound amazing!

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  4. 4
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 5:20 am

    These look amazing.  

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  5. 5
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Amazing brownies! Chocolate and strawberries is such a delicious combination!

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  6. 6
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Could you omit the raspberry’s and still have them turn out?

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    • Posted On June 2, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Yup, but then they’d be just plain old brownies. :)

  7. 7
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 8:54 am

    These brownies look so incredibly fudgy! Love raspberry and chocolate together! Pinned!

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  8. 8
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Whoa these look like the fudgiest  brownies ever. And I absolutely love it!! 

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  9. 9
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

    These look amazing! I think they would make a delish dinner-party pudding with some mascarpone. I will have to make them :)

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    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Oh man, these look heavenly! So fudge-y! I *love* the combo of chocolate and raspberries, but have never had the two in brownies together…that’s about to change, though!

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  11. 11
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

    These brownies look delicious. I have never thought of putting rasebaries on brownies but now that I see it it totally makes sense :)

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  12. 12
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

    These look divine! Such a great combination of sweet and tart!

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  13. 13
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

    It’s totally normal to be undecisive when it comes to the best brownie recipe. I made the ones with the espresso topping, they were gorgeous and I also made a cake with mango with it. So I think I prefer the rich chocolate with some fruity bits in it. Love the raspberries. :)

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  14. 14
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Chocolate and raspberries are one of my favorite combinations ever! These look so good. I can’t wait to make them.

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  15. 15
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Oh, these look so good! I love how thick the brownies are. And I love how it looks with all the raspberries studded throughout. They give the brownies a nice pop of color! I bet they’re delicious! :)

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  16. 16
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    BEAUTIFUL photo! Too bad they have two stick of butter or else these would be an automatic must. 

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  17. 17
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I love the pop of color the raspberries give these brownies, and the sea salt is such a nice touch!  These brownies look so delicious. :)

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  18. 18
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Oooh, you are a brownie rockstar.  Love these – nothing beats chocolate and raspberries together!

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  19. 19
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I feel like we are always on a quest to to our last and greatest recipe for a new latest and greatest! But how can you go wrong with fudgy brownies with a salty finish?! I’m dying over here!

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  20. 20
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    These look so yummy!!

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  21. 21
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Gorgeous!! And SO fudgy!!! Gahh

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  22. 22
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Mmm… these look delicious.  I love chocolate and raspberries together!  Although I might eat all the raspberries before they could get in the brownie batter.  :)

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  23. 23
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Holy crap! These look like my dream brownies..because I do dream about brownies!

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  24. 24
    Posted On June 2, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    These brownies are literally beautiful. And your photos! I love them so much!!

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  25. 25
    Posted On June 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I love raspberries in chocolate… I wonder if cherries would work

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  26. 26
    Posted On June 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    These brownies look so perfect! These are way better than any market bought!!

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  27. 27
    Posted On June 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Beautiful! I love the color pop of the raspberries! 

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  28. 28
    Posted On June 5, 2014 at 1:54 am

    wow it looks amzing and so tasty :)

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  29. 29
    Posted On June 5, 2014 at 7:53 am

    My husband normally makes the brownies between the two of us, but for his birthday today I made these brownies last night and left them in the fridge overnight. I snuck a bite this morning and they are SO GOOD – plus, they look good too! Thanks for the recipe!

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  30. 30
    Posted On June 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    My god! These looks so fudgy and fantastic!

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  31. 31
    Mary
    Posted On June 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Has anyone actually made these brownies and can give an opinion?

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  32. 32
    John Ru
    Posted On June 8, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    They are in the oven now, I’ll let you know. I tried the whiskey chocolate bundt cake and that was a hit. My wife and family loved it. Made it on 3 separate occasions in 2 weeks. 
    Figured this needed a try.
    Question:  the 1/2 teaspoon fine salt. Where is this used? I didn’t see it mentioned explicitly.  I am assuming the coarse is used for finishing in top at the end before baking, so is the other fine kind mixed in, left out? 

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  33. 33
    Posted On June 16, 2014 at 5:56 am

    This looks delicious!!! I’ll definitely make this recipe some time next week. :D
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    Mary Jane
    Posted On June 21, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Delicious – but I should have reduced the baking time.  I would recommend checking after 55 minutes.  

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  35. 35
    Posted On June 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Raspberries must go great in brownies! I think I’ve only made classic brownies, but it’s never too late to make a variation :)

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  36. 36
    Posted On September 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Love the combination chocolate and raspberry! Just tried making these brownies after finding the recipe on Pinterest. Delicious! 

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