Alert! You might react to these in three different ways! You might immediately fall in love with the contrast of the briny, salty olives with the sweet, smooth, creaminess of milk chocolate.
Or you might immediately know that this is not a match for you. And it might piss you off.
Or…you might be confused and feel like you don’t think it’s a good match, but after cautiously taking a few more bites, you decide that it works! This was my reaction.
I initially heard of cookies with olives from this place here, and immediately took the advice from the chef that if you are using Kalamata olives, to pair it with milk chocolate, and not bittersweet, which made perfect sense to me. The creamy mellowness of milk chocolate really complements the briny saltiness of Kalamata olives.
As much as I like nuts in my brownies, I decided to not add any nuts, and I think that was the right choice.
So give Kalamata Olives and chocolate a chance!
Kalamata Olive Brownies (adapted from this Milk Chocolate Brownies recipe)
4 ounces unsalted butter
8 ounces fine quality milk chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
about 40 Greek Kalamata Olives, sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9-inch square baking pan. (I used a 11-inch by 7-inch rectangular pan.)
Melt butter and HALF of the chocolate (reserving the other half for later) in a 1.5 quart saucepan over LOW heat. Stirring until smooth. Do not overheat. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.
Stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time. Beating well after each addition. Mixture will be glossy and smooth.
Whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl, then add into the chocolate mixture.
Pour into the prepared pan and scatter the remaining chocolate first, followed by the sliced Greek Kalamata olives.
Bake for about 30 minutes. Mine took 27 minutes. Remove and cool slightly before cutting into squares.