Maple Fudge Brownies

Happy Canada Day!

Okay, it’s a bit early — but I’ve always kind of failed to see the reasoning behind posting a celebratory occasion recipe the day-of, simply because it doesn’t really give anyone time to actually make it, right?

Anyways, I love being Canadian.

I really dig where I live, despite the deary weather, high taxes, and reputation for overbearing politeness (we’re not all that polite to each other, really).

Can you believe that we’re among the top 10 most patriotic countries in the world? I guess a lot of us are flag-wavers after all!

I have this American friend who makes a hobby out of telling me all about how inferior Canada is all the time (it’s amazing to see how Canadian patriotism makes Americans bristle — oh, but guess who’s first on that list of most patriotic countries in the world?), but you can’t beat our poutine, our Timmy’s, or our insane penchant for busting windows and setting police cars on fire when one of our teams loses a Stanley Cup Final.

Yeeeah. About that last one… Canadians drink a lot of beer — that’s all I’ve gotta say that.

So, in honor of tomorrow being Canada Day, I bring to you my special “How Canadian Are You?” quiz! Let’s test your cultural knowledge!

1. If someone calls you a “hoser” — do you…
a. thank them,
b. ask if they need a landscaper,
c. be offended and/or challenge them to a rematch?

2. A “double-double” is a…
a. two patty cheeseburger,
b. a coffee with two creams and two sugars,
c. when two couples go on a shared date

3. The sage advice to “keep your stick on the ice” is from which Canadian TV program…
a. The Red Green Show
b. Hockey Night in Canada
c. Royal Canadian Air Farce

Answers at the bottom!

Maple Fudge Brownies

Ingredients

maple fudge brownies…

  • 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces (56g) bitter-sweet chocolate
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (120g) pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup (165g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) vanilla or maple extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 & 1/4 cups (200g) all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons (25g) dutch cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

chocolate maple ganache…

  • 5 ounces (140g) bitter-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) maple syrup

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325°F/160°C. Line a 8 x 8 square baking pan with parchment paper.

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a large sauce pan over low heat. Once melted, use a spatula or wooden spoon to stir in the maple syrup, brown sugar, and extract and gently mix until incorporated.

Use a spatula to work the eggs into the batter. No whisking!

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add the sifted ingredients to the pot in three additions, folding to incorporate without adding too much air to the mixture.

Scrape the brownie batter into the prepared pan and tap out any large bubbles.

Bake for 22 ~ 25 minutes, or until the top of the brownies looks dry and the edges have puffed and crackled.

Let cool the brownies cool completely before covering in a layer of ganache.

To make the chocolate maple ganache, start by placing the finely chopped chocolate in a large heat proof bowl.

In a saucepan over high heat, bring the heavy cream and maple syrup to a boil, swirling occasionally. Boil until the bubbles start creeping up the sides of the pot, then pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate.

Let stand for 1 minute, then, starting from the middle of the bowl, stir the cream and chocolate together in a circular, uniform motion. Once the ganache “core” forms in the middle of the bowl, fold the mixture together until it becomes homogenous.

Pour over the cooled brownies and place in the fridge to set, about 1 hour.

This Sunday I urge all Canadians to kick back, relax, fire up the BBQ, crack a can, and have a maple fudge brownie for dessert (little patriotic sprinkles not required).

And that friend-who-shall-not-be named gets to shut her trap on Canada Day, because we get one day a year to hoot and holler and roll around drunk and be really happy citizens, and I don’t see why each country shouldn’t get a day to do just that!

Answers to that little “How Canadian Are You?” quiz: 1. C, 2. B, 3. A — if you got all three right, you’re one fine Canuck!

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18 thoughts on “Maple Fudge Brownies

  1. mydearbakes says:

    Wow, this looks so delicious! Love your bakes, so amazing! =)

  2. fudgingood says:

    These look amazing. Have a happy Canada Day!

  3. A Tablespoon of Liz says:

    I love the sprinkles! And I only got 1 right on your quiz. : / I guess I’ll just have to go visit Canada more!

    • Christine says:

      Canada is an awesome place to visit! If you ever come by Vancouver, lemme know so that I can point you in the direction of some of our awesome vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free/raw places to eat. 🙂

  4. Aww, the sprinkles are too cute!

  5. billpeeler says:

    Those brownies look sooooo rich and delicious!

  6. EveryCraving says:

    Well I got the first one right, but it was a lucky guess haha. Those brownies look sooo moist and fudgy. I love the sprinkles on it as well! I think I’m going to have to make these whenever I need my next brownie fix!!

    • Christine says:

      I like to think that the trick to fudgy brownies is to 1) never use a whisk when mixing, and 2) to bake them at a lower temperature for less time. One of my chefs used to always say, “There are two things that are better under-baked: brownies and scones,” so I follow his advice. 🙂

  7. they look awesome! the sprinkles are cute as heck xxx

  8. peasepudding says:

    That is a seriously wicked looking brownie! Funny survey, not what you would expect either.

  9. These brownies look delicious, Christine. I’ve never made them with maple syrup, but why not?

  10. What gorgeous brownies, Christine!!! Your recipes are always the BEST! 😀

  11. Susan says:

    I love the food porny photos of these brownies. And this post cracked me up. The addition of maple sounds intriguingly fabulous.

  12. Arin says:

    I better not be that friend you’re referring to.

  13. Ugh, I dread the type of American you describe. I’m always striving to distance myself from them, but it’s hard convincing people that you’re different.

    But I love celebrating Canada Day! There are many great things about Canada. And I love the little candy maple leaves! How cute 😀

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