Salted Fudge Brownies for Ben’s Birthday

December 10, 2011

This past year I’ve totally jumped on the salted sweets bandwagon. I’m quite happy to be a sheep and follow the hungry flock if the flock is onto something good. It turns out they were some crafty sheep. Sweet + Salt = Ingenious.

There is just something supremely sublime about a smooth, rich saccharine base plus a sprinkle of sharp saltiness… combining, contrasting and ultimately vivaciously dancing the jive together as you take a bite. It’s a glorious thing.

Glorious it may be, nevertheless it’s a demonstrably foreign notion to me practically, as a cook. Lately I’ve been itching to change this fact. Last Thursday was Ben’s Birthday, which I deemed the perfect occasion to try out a salted sweet recipe I’ve been lusting after. Salted Fudge Brownies (recipe link). Oh yes I did.

Do you know Lindt Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt? (if you don’t you should). Well these brownies are like that but intensified. They’re really very dreamy…rich, incredibly fudgey and perfectly poised to make you get up and jive. The zing of the salt against the deep cocoa fudge will do that to you. Just beware of this fact, in case you eat them in public.

* Note: I cooked my brownies for 25 minutes, not the 35 minutes recommended. I suggest you test them early if your oven is efficient like mine. Overcooked brownies are a crime.


We celebrated Ben’s Birthday with a group of friends, enjoying a casual dinner at Rock Kung – a Classic Chinese Restaurant located in Glen Waverley (Ben’s hometown). Ben and his family would frequent this place when he was growing up, so it was an easy, nostalgic choice of venue. My favourites were the Steamed Fish with Soy, Shallots and Coriander and the Garlic Snow Pea Sprouts. Clean, fresh, favourite. And for dessert…Salted Fudge Brownies, cut into bite sized pieces. Salted sweet love.


Happy Birthday, gorgeous. You’re the sweetness to my saltiness. Hang on…. that’s not right. Correct sentiment, let’s try that again…

Dear Ben, Happy Birthday. I love you and I love our life, filled with adventure, excitement, comfort, love and importantly: Salted Fudge Brownie happiness-induced dancing.

Heidi xo
  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 10, 2011 at 7:20 am

    oh. my . deliciousness.

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 10, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I love really fudgey brownies! And like you I've only started to play around with 'salted' desserts hehe my favourite would have to be salted caramel 🙂 Hope Ben liked it!

  • denitapreston December 10, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Happy Birthday Ben!! I bet these brownies were delicious.
    PS. LOVE lindt dark chocolate with sea salt!!

  • Michelle Chin December 10, 2011 at 9:18 am

    ooh my sister would love this.

    i always thought that the dark choc. with sea salt was one of the best inventions ever!

  • Heidi December 10, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Lisa – hehe 🙂

    Daisy – yes he did, very much so 🙂 I'm a fan of fudgey brownies too!

    De – it's the best, can't wait to have some with you plus vino in….2 months!!

    Michelle – absolutely!

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 10, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Aww that is so lovely of you! And I find the menfolk really love that sweet salty combo (if I can be totally general here 😉 ). Happy Birthday to Ben!

  • Hannah December 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Sounds to me like the perfect birthday treat 🙂 Chinese steamed fish is always simple & fresh! Aw, this post is too sweet (and salty?) x

  • Leah December 11, 2011 at 6:44 am

    OMG how good do those brownies look!!!!

    Happy Birthday Ben 😀

  • CC11 December 11, 2011 at 9:44 am

    You just made me cries tears of envy – I can't believe I haven't made these yet!

  • Heidi December 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Lorraine – in general, it seems so! 🙂

    Hannah – hahaha, thanks for playing along 😉

    Leah – thanks 🙂

    CC11 – well now you simply must 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Blithely Unaware December 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm


    The brownies sound DIVINE, I am also a complete sucker for anything salty/sweeeeeeeeet.

    It sounds like Ben had a delicious birthday, yayayaaya!


  • msihua December 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Happy Birthday to Ben! I am so in love with your scale!! LOVE IT!

  • Heidi December 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Blithely Unaware – a delicious birthday indeed 🙂

    Msihua – thanks, I am too!! I found it in a vintage junk store, had been searching for the perfect one. I love the colouring 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Cass @foodmyfriend December 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

    This looks amazing!! I hear you with the salted. I can't walk past a chocolate shop without a salted caramel. Nom 🙂

  • Lisa December 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I'm new to this bandwagon too but am so on it! Mmmm, I wonder if I can manage to sneak baking these in between the thousand other things I need to get done this week?

  • Heidi December 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Cass – hehe it must be love 🙂

    Lisa – it's such a busy time!! Definitely in the new year 😉

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah December 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Just beautiful, Heidi. Just like I'm sure your brownies tasted, your writing here is sweet without being cloying, and make me want what you're having 😛 xoxo

    P.S. Wedding cake base? 😉

  • Heidi December 13, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Hannah – hahaha, genius! With ice-cream on top? Ben would totally go for that. Thanks for your sweet words 🙂 xo

  • Kiki Chaos December 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    The sea salt Lindt is amazing. And your brownies look so lush! I got a brownies request from OH recently and your post reminded me I should make them today 🙂 Happy birthday to Ben!

  • Adrian (Food Rehab) December 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Dayem- how did I miss this post! I want this for my birthday!!! Salty sweet roks.

  • Heidi December 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Kiki – thanks for the birthday wishes!! I hope you got to make these brownies 🙂

    Adrian – amen! I hope you get something equally delicious for your birthday 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Carly Findlay December 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I like sweet with salty too – I heard a podcast that mentioned sprinkling good salt on vanilla ice cream and drizzling with olive oil.

    These brownies look fantastic 🙂

    And I love how in love you are 🙂

  • Iron Chef Shellie December 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    OMG We celebrate lots of birthdays at Rock Kung!! always get the usual spread of lobster noodles, steamed fish, bbq meat, etc.. yummm

    Love your retro cooking stuff! Brownies look fabbbb!