Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chocolate Raspberry Bars with White Chocolate and Almonds

I saw this recipe and immediately knew that I had to try it. The combination of tart raspberry, rich chocolates, and salty almonds was too good to resist. Using a simple boxed brownie mix, this dessert comes together really quickly. It looks and tastes much more gourmet than it seems when you are putting it together! I might experiment with other fruit flavors, like orange, the next time I make this delicious dessert! Also, I found that it tasted richer the next day...if it lasts that long!

Chocolate Raspberry Bars with White Chocolate and Almonds
adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

1 cup raspberry jam
1 box fudge brownie mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup white chocolate, melted
1/2 cup salted almonds, chopped

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9X13 pan and set aside.
In a small saucepan, stir the jam over low heat until pourable, about 1 minute. Set aside.

In a large bowl, blend together the brownie mix, eggs, oil, and water. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Spoon the jam over the batter. Using a butter knife or small spatula, swirl the jam into the brownie batter. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Drizzle with the melted white chocolate and top with the chopped almonds. Allow the bars to cool completely. Cut into squares and enjoy!

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