Raspberry Almond Crumb Brownies

These raspberry-studded brownies are topped with an almond-y buttery-crumble. There’s raspberry jam in there too. Oh, did I mention the brown butter? Yeah. 

Raspberry Almond Crumb Brownies from The Food Charlatan

Do you ever write random notes to yourself on your phone that you can’t interpret later? I’ve heard of people doing this when they wake up in the middle of the night, but I don’t even have the excuse of a sleepy stupor to explain the weird things I find in my notes sometimes. Like this one:

Cut Truman’s hair.
Bath
Wrap presents.
Sometimes I wipe my hands in my socks.

Raspberry Almond Crumb Brownies from The Food Charlatan

“In” should be “on,” of course, as any decent texter should know. But WHAT AM I WIPING ON MY SOCKS?? I’m a little creeped out. I also just found this one, “No one can hug my knees either though. I sound like a crazy jailer.” Wth??

In my defense, I use my notes to record ideas I have for potential blog stories, hence the wiping hands on my socks story. Because who wouldn’t think THAT was funny.

Raspberry Almond Crumb Brownies from The Food Charlatan

In other news, I’ve become obsessed with Taylor Swift 5 years after than the rest of the world. Typical Karen Standard Time. Her stuff is so freaking catchy. I’m totally digging her early music. Have you noticed that after you listen to a song on Youtube now, it keeps playing other songs it thinks you will like? When I listen to her early stuff it brings me to straight up Shania Twain and stuff, which is not my usual thing (I’m more of an outlaw country girl), but I’m kind of loving it.

Raspberry Almond Crumb Brownies from The Food Charlatan

So have you guys seen raspberries on sale at the store yet? Even if you haven’t, these brownies are still for you. They are for everyone. Shout it from the rooftops. Thick, decadent, brown-butter (of course) brownies, studded with raspberries, smeared with jam, and crumbled with a sugary almond crust. IT’S SO GOOD. This is adapted from Lovely Little Kitchen‘s Raspberry Almond Crumb Bars, which are amazing as is. I just wanted to try the idea with brownie and love how it turned out. (If you haven’t been to Julie’s blog, then go on, get. She’s amazing.)

Raspberry Almond Crumb Brownies from The Food Charlatan

Here’s a fun raspberry (or any berry) tip: I read somewhere that unless you absolutely need them to be fresh for a garnish or something, frozen raspberries are more “fresh” than ones in the produce department. Meaning that they were picked at their peak and then frozen right away, whereas fresh ones have been shipped and sat in a store for days. So if they are going to be cooked down anyway, I buy frozen ones (if they are cheaper). You can use fresh or frozen ones in this recipe.

I brought this to a church potluck a few weeks ago and it went like gangbusters. There are no compliments quite like the ones from bespectacled old men in suspenders with a mouthful of brownie telling me, “These are real good, Karen!”

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Raspberry Almond Crumb Brownies

Yield: Makes 16 servings

Ingredients

    For the brownies:
  • 2 and 1/2 sticks salted butter (1 and 1/4 cup)
  • 2 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup high quality semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • On top:
  • 6 tablespoons raspberry preserves
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • Streusel:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cubed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by lining with parchment paper or foil and then spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Or just spray the pan.
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally. The butter will foam up, then back down and start forming brown colored milk solids or “bits”. When it is a nice light brown and it starts to smell like you could drink it straight, that’s when you know it’s done.
  4. While your butter is browning, combine sugar and cocoa in a bowl or stand mixer.
  5. Once the butter is nice and brown, immediately pour the butter into the bowl with the sugar and cocoa (so that it stops cooking. You don’t want it to burn). Beat the mixture until it is smooth, almost creamy.
  6. Add the salt, water, and vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between each addition.
  7. Add the flour and chocolate chips and mix until just incorporated. Batter will be about the consistency of cement. Have a taste. It’s awesome.
  8. Use a sturdy rubber spatula to spread batter in the 9×13 pan.
  9. Dollop 6 tablespoons of preserves on top of the brownies. Use a knife to swirl it together (don't overdo it). Press 1 cup of raspberries evenly throughout the batter.
  10. Meanwhile, make the streusel. In a medium bowl combine sugar, flour, and almonds. Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut in the cold butter.
  11. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the brownie batter.
  12. Bake for 25-30 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean and the streusel has started to brown.
  13. Cut into bars and serve hot!

Notes

You can totally use a box mix of brownies and just add the other stuff on top.

http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2015/07/18/raspberry-almond-crumb-brownies/

Source: Adapted from Lovely Little Kitchen’s Raspberry Almond Crumb Bars, which are amazing and you need to make them.

Raspberry Almond Crumb Brownies from The Food Charlatan

Raspberry Almond Crumb Brownies from The Food Charlatan

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  1. kris says

    I don’t know how you come up with this stuff Karen, but it’s all pretty freakin’ amazing! I think you should call your blog “The Food GENIUS!”

  2. says

    Holy Moley these look killer!!! I love raspberry and chocolate together and your brownie looks so moist and chewy, perfect! I loved your note story. I write little notes on pieces of paper as reminders and a lot of times I either forget where I put it or can’t interpret what I wrote. Oh well I guess. :)
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  3. says

    These looks so incredibly good! Look at that chocolate-y decadence! I positively love it. Plus, brown butter…hello, thank you, buh bye cause those brownies ain’t lasting too long in front of me. And I’m with you on the TSwift..totally late to the game, but loving her. P.S. I like your gold glitter nail polish!! :)

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