Zebra Brownies (recipe from Baked in Redhook, Brooklyn)
10 brownies
  • for the brownies:
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs dutch cocoa powder
  • 11 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 5 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • for the deco layer:
  • 10 oz white chocolate
  • 10 oz dark chocolate
  • ½ cup butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the sides and bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and cocoa powder together to eliminate any clumps.
  3. Put the chocolate, butter and instant espresso powder in a large bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water and add the sugars. Whisk until completely combined, then remove the bowl from the pan. The mixture should be room temperature.
  4. Add eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla and stir until combined.
  5. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture. Using a rubber spatula (not a whisk), fold the flour mixture into the chocolate.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs sticking to it.
  7. Melt remaining chocolate and butter in a bowl set over simmering water. Set aside. Place white chocolate in a plastic pastry bag and heat in microwave to melt it in 30 seconds increments. Once melted, pipe out zebra design on a food-safe plastic sheet or parchment paper. Let the design set.
  8. To assemble, pour a third of the dark chocolate onto the brownie and pour the rest on the white zebra pattern. Spread the chocolate using an offset spatula. Flip the design over the brownie and place the whole thing in the fridge to set. After an hour or so, peel the plastic off the design. To cut, dip a sharp knife on hot water, wipe it dry and use the heat to go through the hardened chocolate layer and cut the brownies in pieces.
Recipe by Sweet Explorations at http://www.sweetexplorations.com/zebra-brownies/