Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Chocolate Truffle Brownies

What’s the best way for a mother to send her child off to college; with a pan of super-chocolatey brownies of course. I had spent days packing for my son Michael, purchasing him some pots and pans, bedding and laundry detergent, as well as a variety of other items I know he’ll never use. I had filled boxes with every and anything a young man would need for his survival out there in the world. It was as if we were sending him off to the most remote region of the universe, when in reality he was only going an hour away to Santa Barbara.  Oh my God, did I pack the electric pencil sharpener?

We loaded two cars and made the quick trip up the Pacific coast to the student housing where he was sharing an apartment with three other guys. I laughed to myself as we entered the apartment. There were three sets of parents unpacking, making beds, setting up tv’s and printers, and stacking a hundred boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese into the pantry closet. The kids all sat in the living room with their cell phones and laptops, laughing and getting to know one another, while the mothers nervously scurried about.

After roughly four hours in that apartment my work there was done, and I could see the look on my son’s face. “Mom, will you just go!” He couldn’t wait to begin his new adventure…without his mama!  As my husband and I left, I handed him a tray of my chocolate truffle brownies. He had his pencil sharpener, a year’s supply of black sox, and brownies. Mission complete.

Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Bon Appetit, July 2010

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Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Mama’s Tips:

Using better quality chocolate will yield better tasting brownies. Use the best you can afford.

When the brownies have cooled, place them in the refrigerator for an hour for easier cutting.

I like to keep my chocolate truffle brownies in the refrigerator as they turn to a fudge-like consistency. At room temperature they remain more cake-like.

Recipe: Easy

56 thoughts on “Chocolate Truffle Brownies

  1. Hmm…I’ve never heard of putting brownies in the fridge. I love it when brownies are fudgey (vs. cakey). Do you know if that works for all kinds of brownies, or is it just this one?

  2. Your son should be very popular once his dorm mates find out about those brownies! Were you able to get to Julienne while you were there? It sounds like you’ll have plenty of opportunities. I’m pleased to hear your son is going to my alma mater!

    1. Jennifer, we were so exhausted when we finally got done setting up his apartment that my husband and I just went down to the pier and got a cup of coffee. I don’t know Julienne, but i love Santa Barbara and will give it a try on our next trip up there.

      1. I can completely understand that! Julienne is excellent, and you won’t be disappointed. They are open for lunch on a few days as well, FYI. There are several amazing restos up there–you and your husband will have fun exploring! Oh, and note–Brophy Bros is a standard place to take your kid for a meal. At least it was when I was there! 🙂

  3. Utterly beautiful. I love the contrast of that roll against the rich dark chocolate. Breakfast time here and I’d easily be content with one & a coffee 😉 The picture you described of yourself and the other are parents unpacking for college makes me laugh. Good luck to both you and your son in this new life transition, without a doubt, truffle brownies will make everything go smoother!

  4. I can still remember that oh so long ago day when my parents dropped me at college (sans electronics, amazingly enough…) and the “oh, just leave already” feelings immediately followed by “why did you leave me here??” I’m not even a chocolate lover, but those brownies look great!

  5. This is why everyone loves their mama – you ladies do everything for us kids! And these brownies leave me speechless. Your photography (as always) is stunning and the brownies look like I could buy them in any professional bakery. I love the different little toppings you placed in each photo.

  6. On Fridays, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday – and I love this post so I’m featuring it as part of today’s roundup (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks so much for inspiring me…

  7. Just found you through Pinterest. Love your story, can so relate, made me laugh & reflect on leaving my own at university. But your brownies look like the magic magnet to get them to come visit so have to try them. (The fact that my mouth is watering doesn’t have a thing to do with it

    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments too! Anyway, regarding the garnishes on the brownies – I got them at my local baking supply store. They must by them in bulk and then they sell them in smaller quantities so I don’t have a brand name for you. If you can’t find them locally where you are, I bet you could find them on the internet.

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