Great chocolate, great marshmallows and great butter equal a great rocky road brownie.
Last Updated February 2012
Rocky Road Brownie Recipe
A Chocolate, Marshmallow & Walnut Delight
When you’re invited to someone’s home and want to bring gift, why not bake a recipe from one of the country’s top chocolatiers and patissiers, Michael Recchiuti? Michael calls these brownies a happy accident. “Whenever I’d make marshmallows,” he relates, “I’d be left with a bowl of oddly shaped trimmings that tasted great. My wife Jacky suggested I toss them in a batch of our brownies with some nuts and test them out at the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market. They were a hit. Make them and you’ll see why.”
The key is not just a great recipe, but top ingredients. Don’t short-change your time and effort by using anything less than the best, including the marshmallows. If you can’t get your hands on Michael Recchiuti’s homemade marshmallows, try to find another gourmet brand. Use a great couverture chocolate like Valrhona or Scharffenberger—or, as we did in one batch, 99% cacao Michel Cluizel chocolate bars.
This recipe is from the book, Chocolate Obsession: Confections and Treats to Create and Savor, by Michael Recchiuti and Fran Gage. Click on the link to purchase.
If you want to bring a copy of the book along with the fresh-baked brownies, so much the better!
- Flavorless vegetable oil for the pan
- 5-1/2 ounces 100% unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter with 82% butterfat, cut into 1-inch slices
- 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, preferably Madagascar Bourbon
- 1-1/3 cups granulated cane sugar
- 1/3 cup walnut halves, roasted and roughly chopped
- 6 Recchiuti Vanilla Bean Marshmallows, cut into quarters
- Shaved chocolate (for garnish)
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper and liberally coat the paper and the pan sides with flavorless vegetable oil.
- Put 3 ounces of the chocolate and the butter in a medium stainless-steel bowl and set over a pot of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter melt and are fully combined and the mixture is smooth. Lift the bowl from the pot. Set aside.
- Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl. In another bowl, combine the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk together by hand until blended. Whisk in the sugar.
- Whisk the egg mixture into the chocolate. Add the flour and the remaining 2-½ ounces chocolate to the batter and, using a rubber spatula, mix well. Then mix in the walnuts.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Spread it evenly with a small offset spatula. Scatter the marshmallow pieces evenly over the surface and push them halfway into the batter. The tops should remain uncovered.
- Bake on the middle shelf of the oven until the marshmallows are browned and a skewer inserted into the center of the brownie sheet comes out with some batter clinging to it, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold.
- Run a table knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the sides of the brownie, and then slide the brownie, still on the paper, onto a work surface. Using a ruler to guide you and a sharp knife, cut into sixteen 2-inch squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
Yield: 16 brownies
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