Ethnobrownies: Moroccan – Tajine

tajinebrownie

For Browniebonanza aka Christmas 2016

Ingredients:

  • Brownie
    • 5 oz bakers’ chocolate
    • 1 cup butter
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 2 1/2 cups sugar
    • 6 large eggs
    • 1 1/3 cups flour
    • 2 TB Ras el Hanout
      • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
      • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
      • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
      • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 3 cups dried apricots
  • Toppings
    • Preserved lemons
      • 5 lemons
        • 1/4 cup salt, more if desired
        • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
        • 6 cloves
        • sprinkle of pepper
        • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 cup sugar

Preparation

  • Ahead:
    • Weeks ahead: Lemons
      • Slice lemons paper-thin
      • stir together the seasonings in 1 cup of water
      • Pack the sliced lemons tightly in a jar, pour seasonings/water over them, fill until submerged with water or additional lemon juice, close jar and allow to sit out for 2-3 days then refrigerate for 2-3 weeks
    • 1 day ahead: Apricots
      • Submerge in water or your preferred wine or tea (I used water and a big spoonful of the warm pear/vanilla liquid I made for the poire belle helene brownies, before I reduced it).
  • Double-boil the chocolate and butter, then add ras el hanout
  • Beat 2 1/2 cups sugar with the eggs
  • Add the chocolate and egg mixtures and whisk together
  • Gently fold in the flour and then the apricots
  • Bake in a buttered dish at 325 for 25 minutes or until almost done
  • Drain and rinse the lemons, toss with 1 cup of sugar, and evenly distribute them over the top of the brownies, then torch them to carmelize
    • Or broil briefly if you don’t have a flame-thrower 🙂
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