Originally I had suggested a cheesecake for Nonna's Easter brunch. D countered that his apple pie was better. It's possible. But, in the end, Nonna, asked us to make "some easy."
So we went with lemon squares and brownies. For the brownies, I added in some ACME Coffee Motor City Espresso. When I dropped off the pan, my mom wrinkled her nose a little and said they looked naked.
Okay. I told her pick up some dulce de leche and coffee beans for garnish. She did!
- 4 large eggs
- 1 C organic granulated sugar
- 1 C organic brown sugar
- 1 T honey
- 1/2 olive oil
- 1-1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 T ground coffee beans, espresso roasted and finely ground
- 2 t pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 C flour
- 1/2 t salt
- dulce de leche, for garnish (optional)
- coffee beans, for garnish (optional)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch square pan. In a large mixing bowl add all ingredients, except flour, and mix to combine. Add flour and stir till just moistened.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square pan. And bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick method. When it's done, remove to a rack to cool. Cool completely before slicing.
If using the garnishes, place a dollop on each square and top with a coffee bean.