Salted Caramel Filled Fudge Brownies

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These are rich and super delicious with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream or pareve ice cream. I make the brownies both pareve and dairy and although I love dairy caramel sauce, the pareve version is delicious. Be patient when making caramel, it’s a bit tricky or buy a store-bought caramel sauce and cheat a little.

Makes 1 dozen
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons water
3/4 cup heavy cream or pareve whipping cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine
1 1/2 teaspoons flaky sea salt
2 sticks unsalted butter or margarine, plus more for greasing
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large eggs, chilled
1 cup all-purpose flour

MAKE THE CARAMEL In a medium saucepan, cook the sugar with the water over moderate heat, swirling the pan frequently, until a dark amber caramel forms. Slowly drizzle in the cream, then whisk in the butter/margarine and sea salt. Transfer the caramel to a small bowl 
and refrigerate until thickened, about 2 hours.

MAKE THE BROWNIES Preheat the oven to 325°. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan. Melt the 2 sticks of butter/margarine in a heatproof medium bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Add the chopped chocolate, the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt and stir until smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the eggs. Add the flour and stir until just incorporated. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake the brownies for about 40 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer the pan to a rack and let cool completely.
Invert the brownies onto a cutting board and cut in half to form 2 rectangles. Spread the chilled caramel over 1 rectangle, then top with the other rectangle. Cut into 12 bars and serve immediately.

MAKE AHEAD
The caramel can be refrigerated for 2 weeks. The brownies can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 1 month

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