Tobins' Tastes: Baked NYC's Sweet & Salty Brownies

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Baked NYC's Sweet & Salty Brownies


Do you ever see something on TV and tell yourself "I am totally going to make that tomorrow" only to go online look up how much work is involved in making said item and then completely blow off the project? That is what happened with me and these brownies. 

I love Food Network. Borderline obsessed. I often talk about the people on Food Network to my husband as if they are real people we know personally and interact with on a daily basis. I actually have a season recording set up on my tivo for multiple Food Network shows. It's embarassing. 

One of my favorite shows (and by one of, I mean one of my top 20 favorite shows on Food Network), is The Best Thing I Ever Ate. We have actually planned vacation schedules around eating at the places on this show. Again, embarrassing.

This Sweet & Salty Brownie from Baked Bakery in NYC was featured on one of the episodes. A dark chocolate brownie with fleur de sel caramel sauce baked right into? Yes, please. And since caramel and chocolate could be one of my favorite combinations of all time, I knew I had to make it. I was totally pumped to get baking that very night until I found the recipe online and it had about one million steps to it. 

Needless to say, my bubble was burst and there was no way I was making that brownie anytime soon. Fast forward a year. I got ambitious. I was going to do it. I started step one and began making the homemade caramel and due to some inattention on my part, I burned to caramel to the point of no return. I was so discouraged that I never made it to step two. 

Fast forward another year and a half to tonight. Armed with a candy thermometer, the perfect sauce pan and no distractions, I was ready to tackle that caramel. 

Yes, it is a complicated recipe. Yes, there are a lot of steps involved. No, I would not try to multitask while you do this. But despite what these photos may indicate, these brownies are totally worth it. (Why is it that the most ooey, gooey, delicious things never photograph the way you want them to?)

They are they perfect combination of dark chocolate and sweet, salty caramel. The bitterness of the dark chocolate is exactly what this treat needs to keep it from being overly sweet and the random flakes of sea salt and sugar sprinkled on top are an amazing contrast to the whole thing. 

This recipe is taken from and adapted from Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented.

Baked NYC's Sweet & Salty Brownie

1 c. sugar
2 TBSP light corn syrup
1/2 c. heavy cream
1 tsp fleur de sel (sea salt)
1/4 c. sour cream

1 and 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
2 TBSP dark cocoa powder (I used Hersey's Special Dark)
11 oz. quality dark chocolate (60-72%), coarsely chopped (I used Ghiradelli's 60% Cocoa Chocolate Chips)
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut up and at room temperature
1 & 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
5 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla

1 and 1/2 tsp fleur de sel (sea salt)
1 tsp coarse sugar ( I used demera sugar)

Make the Caramel:
1.) In a medium sauce pan, combine the sugar and corn syrup with 1/4 c. water, stirring together carefully so you don't splash the sides of the pan.  Cook over high heat, until a thermometer reads 350 degrees and is dark amber in color.

2.) Remove from the heat and slowly add the cream (it will bubble up).  Then add the fleur de sel.  Whisk in the sour cream.  Set aside to cool. I put it in a separate bowl so it wouldn't burn if left in the pot. 

Make the Brownie:
3.) Place the chopped chocolate and butter in a bowl over simmering water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water.  

4.) Whisk in both sugars until completely combined.  Removed bowl from pan

5.) Add 3 eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined.  Add the remaining eggs and whisk until just combined.  Add the vanilla and stir until incorporated.  Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or the brownies may be dry or too dense.

6.)Add the flour mixture.  Using a rubber spatula, fold in the dry ingredients until just barely combined. 

7.) Pour half of the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula.  

 8.) Drizzle and 3/4 cup of the caramel sauce (not all of it) over the batter, trying to stay away from the edges. Gently spread the caramel sauce evenly.  I used an off set spatula.

 9.) In heaping spoonfuls, scoop the remaining batter over the caramel layer. Smooth the brownie batter gently over the caramel. I drizzled the remaining caramel sauce over the top of the batter before baking or you can save it to serve with them later.

10.) Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean. Sprinkle the mixture of sea salt and sugar on top for the perfect crunch. (It really does make a difference I swear.) Allow to cool before serving.


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  1. This looks and sounds wonderful!

  2. Those sound heavenly!

    Thanks for link'n up to Link'n Blogs! <3

  3. Just stopping by from the blog hop. I love your post. I can totally relate with the food network thing. Made me smile. I'll follow you! I'm at Have a good day.

    1. Thanks Sarah! I love your blog, freezer cooking is something I am trying to be better at doing.

      I host a recipe link up every Monday and I would love for you to link up some of your posts : )

  4. You're right, that looks like a lot of work, but they look phenomenal!

  5. Yummy yummy yummy!! (found you at the Finding New Friends Blog HOp - LOVE the title!)

  6. Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party and would love for you to share this!

  7. Yummy!! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

  8. Hi Kay Lee,
    I just love a sweet and salty combination, we would really enjoy these brownies! Hope you are having a wonderful Spring day. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Oh my...chocolate and caramel is like kryptonite for me! Chocolate and PB are worse! LOL Tonight I'm attempting a new type of brownie, I'm sure the recipe will be up by tomorrow night. Love your blog! Found you on MeloMama :)
    Life with our Family

  10. I love that you persevered and the results look delicious!

  11. Love the sweet and salty combination. This is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Kaylee, you are so funny! I think we're kindred spirits in both our love of TFN, and our ability to be distracted from projects. I'd say I was going to rush out and make these tonight, but I'd be lying. =D Anyway- I love your blog and I'm a new follower! I would love for you to link up to my debut of Sweet Sharing Mondays (new weekly party)!

  13. hold on while I wipe the drool off my keyboard... oh ok, I'm ready now. These look great! Kudos to you for trying again!

  14. I am always so scared to make things with homemade caramel, but this recipe looks so good I might have to give it another shot!

    New follower :)


  15. You're really testing my "I've eaten well all day" ;) Love this!

  16. Holy yowzers! there would be dangerous in my house :D

  17. We love brownies. I would definitely try this out.

  18. Yumm, that is all I have to say. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up.
    Rose @

  19. I'm going to have to bookmark this for the next time I feel ambitious! I love the combo of salty & sweet. Thanks for sharing with Tuesdays at the Table!

  20. Wow, when I read the name of this post I immediately thought of that same episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate! I still drool over imagining those brownies and now I don't have any excuse not to make them!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Beautify It Monday!

  21. Mmmm, these look delicious! Yeah, right now I'm thinking the same thing - I totally need to make these tomorrow! :)

  22. I think your pictures are great, I have horrible ones trust me! And you did it, with so many steps I bed I will never do it, so you have to make them again and invite me over, I am in toronto, where are you? It would be worth the drive!

  23. Good for you sticking to it. Some of the best recipes I've ever eaten, I failed at a few times first. This sounds heavenly and I'll have to find a rainy day when no one's home to give it a go.

  24. I actually like complicate recipes.
    I looks wonderful, and I've never tried salty brownies before

  25. Hi,

    I followed you over from Mix it up Monday and this looks amazing! I'll be right over, hehe. I love the whole sweet and salty thing; always throwing M&M's in my popcorn. Thanks for sharing.

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at

    Have a great day,

  26. Ever since I tried chocolate covered pretzels I've loved the sweet and salty combo. Please share this recipe on my foodie friday linky today.

  27. Those look amazing!! I love salty and sweet!! Check out this picture and then follow the link to another great recipe. I love making these brownies!!

    You will love these!!!
    Thanks for linking up at SweetTalkin' Sunday!

  28. That's one of my favorite shows too! LOVE Food Network. There's an iPhone App, TV Food Maps, and it tells you when you are near a cooking show hot spot (like you see on Cupcake Wars). We totally used it on our last vacation! Love these brownies too, all the work and all!

  29. Sweet and salty in one bite? I'm in love. :D
    Thanks for sharing your deliciousness on BeColorful this week.

  30. These look fantastic! You're being featured! :)


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