Mudgie's Deli decadent brownie

Brownies in any form make me happy. Well, maybe not blondies–those are just wannabe brownies using a glorified cookie dough recipe. Last week, for Valentine’s Day I was able to interview Greg Mudge for my Crumbs blog at MetroParent, the owner and creative force behind Mudgie’s Deli an eatery located in an area of Detroit that’s experiencing its own little renaissance (Mudge is a big part of that effort).

While Mudge did a great job answering a few foodie questions I posed to him, what I was really anxious about was if he’d be willing to share his deli’s recipe for brownie waffles. He did! I made these dark, rich waffles for my family for Valentine’s Day. They were amazing. Of course, I had to put my own spin on Mudge’s waffles–instead of topping them with the expected vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce, I opted for coconut ice cream (courtesy of the Mexican grocers), crushed pineapple and a little Hershey’s chocolate sauce (just to make it look fancy. Let me just say, I’ve had some pretty amazing desserts in my day and this one topped them all–not too sweet, interesting flavors, entirely satisfying (and sooo easy).

Here's my version of Mudgie's Brownie Waffle

So if you’re looking for a quick, easy, decadent dessert, whip out these brownie waffles. One more note–I discovered Mudgie’s on Twitter after our interview. Mudge posts the daily specials for the deli. While I won’t make it to the eatery any time soon–the specials are great ideas and new flavor combos I’m planning on using at home. I’m following!

Mudgie’s Deli Brownie Waffles

1/2 lb butter

3/4 cup of your favorite unsweetened cocoa

3 eggs

1 to 1 and a 1/2 cups sugar ( depending on how sweet you prefer)

1 tablespoon vanilla

dash of salt to taste

1 teaspoon baking powder

1.5 to 2 cups all purpose flour

Whisk eggs, softened butter, sugar and vanilla , in a separate bowl mix flour, salt, cocoa, and baking powder. while stirring slowly add dry ingredients to wet mixture until smooth. Batter should be fairly thick , If batter is a little thin add a touch more flour. You want the batter to scoop not pour.

Pre-heat waffle iron.No need to grease iron the butter in the batter will do the trick. Add a proper portion to the waffle iron, cook thoroughly. Top brownie with a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream and hot fudge. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve.

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