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The Story Behind Adrian’s Brownie

The Story Behind Adrian’s Brownie

When I was writing the sexy “brownie baking scene” between Adrian and Jackie in Don’t Tempt Me, I needed to know what they were doing, besides driving each other nuts *G*, so I had readers submit their favorite brownie recipe. After pouring over hundred of submissions and baking dozens of batches of brownies, I had a big taste off. Here’s the recipe that won.

Adrian’s “Too Tempting to Resist” Brownies
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup soft butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 2 teaspoons dark rum or Crown Royal)

Sifted together

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Butter and flour an 8-inch square pan.

In a mixer, beat the eggs at medium speed until fluffy and light yellow. Add both sugars, butter, and vanilla and beat until creamy. Add dry ingredients, mix until well blended, then add nuts.

Pour the batter into pan and bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick. Remove from oven. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to create wholes at two-inch intervals and frost while still warm.

Fudge Frosting
  • 1 5 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 12 oz bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar (increase to 2 cups for a less gooey topping)
  • chopped nuts

Vanilla ice cream, optional

Just before the brownies are done, empty the evaporated milk and chocolate chips into a microwave safe mixing bowl and heat on high for approximately 2 minutes. Stir and heat for another 30 seconds to 1 minute, until well melted and blended. Stir in sugar and pour over warm brownies. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top and press gently into icing. Let brownies sit until completely cool before cutting into squares. Or scoop ooey-gooey brownies warm from the pan onto a plate and top with vanilla ice cream.

The best way to indulge in Adrian’s Brownies? While reading Don’t Tempt Me! So you can really enjoy the scene where he teaches Jackie how to bake.


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