Stress free entertaining with outrageous fudge brownie recipe. Weather your hosting overnight guests or a casual dinner party, these tips will make it easy. This is a sponsored post on behalf of Michael Angelo’s™ however all ideas, recipes, & opinions are my own.
As we head into the holiday season, it’s inevitable that many of you will be hosting overnight guests, or casual dinner parties. And there’s a lot to do, like getting the guest room ready or preparing the home for holiday entertaining, and of course having food on hand. When I was asked by Michael Angelo’s™ to create tips for incorporating one of their new Italian meals found in the frozen aisle, I immediately knew how it would fit into our lives.
I’ve mentioned a few times how I keep things less stressful when entertaining at home. For casual dinners I’ll either cook the main dish from scratch and serve pre-made dessert, OR serve a pre-made entree and make dessert from scratch. It’s a great solution for our busy lives, and guests still feel like they’re getting something special.
Having the Michael Angelo’s Lasagna with Meat Sauce on hand is perfect for such occasions. Having the main dish ready to heat and serve gives me the time to make my extra special outrageous fudge brownie recipe! Get the recipe below, and my tips for making your dinner party easy but elevated.
- Presentation is still key – Even though you’re serving a meal found in the frozen section, you can place it in your own baking dish to cook. That way it look so much nicer on the table when you’re serving family style. Since the meals are prepared in small batches with fresh, real ingredients, you may even get away with claiming it as your own *wink*! NOTE: Remove the frozen lasagna from the aluminum tray and place it in an 11 x 13 baking dish. Place the dish in the oven first, and then turn it on to heat up and bake according to package directions.
- Just as with most “blended” entrees, I found that the flavors developed even more after being reheated. This means you could bake the frozen lasagna hours in advance (or a day ahead) and then reheat it when ready to serve.
- Serve a tasty salad as your side dish. I even make this simple by purchasing pre-packaged salad kits. No shame in my game!
- When you serve this homemade fudge brownie recipe for dessert, don’t be surprised if your guests are begging for the recipe. They are the perfect ending to a perfect meal.
Let me tell you a little bit about this outrageous fudge brownie recipe. It’s one I adapted from a recipe that was passed on to me by my sister in law, and there are a few things that make it different. First of all, you must store them in the refrigerator. Maybe it’s due to the high butter content(?). You can leave them out for several hours with no problems, but storing them overnight must be done in the fridge.
Secondly, the consistency of these brownies is dense but creamy, almost like ganache or truffles. You still get that classic brownie crust on top, but the center is smooth and luscious.
This is hands down my favorite brownie recipe, ever!
Outrageous fudge brownie recipe
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) + 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons instant coffee powder
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/8 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup peanut butter chips
- 2 Tablespoons flour
Prepare a 9 x 11 baking dish by coating with nonstick spray and a dusting of flour, on bottom and sides. Set aside.
Melt together the butter, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate on top of a double boiler. Stir well to combine and remove from heat to let cool, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine eggs, sugar, instant coffee, and vanilla. Stir into chocolate mixture and continue to let it cool to room temperature (about another 30 minutes).
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to cooled chocolate mixture.
Toss together the dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and remaining flour, to coat. Fold into batter.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until the ‘brownie crust’ appears and batter no longer jiggles in the center. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a cooling rack. TIP: If you insert a tester (or toothpick) for doneness, it may not come out clean. It will set up to a dense fudgy brownie after refrigerated though.
Cover and refrigerate overnight or for several hours before cutting into squares. TIP: Let the brownies sit out for about 10 minutes before cutting to make it easier.
STORE IN REFRIGERATOR.
Use these tips and shortcuts the next time you need to host dinner guests. Choose from Michael Angelo’s Eggplant Parmesan, Shrimp Scampi, or Lasagna with Meat Sauce to make a tasty meal, or follow them on facebook for more ideas. Find a location near you here.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Michael Angelo’s. The opinions and text are all mine.