Brownies add a wonderful texture to these chocolate truffles.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F / 176 degrees C. Grease an 8x8"/ 20 x20 cm baking pan.
Melt butter and chocolate in microwave by heating for 30 second intervals until both are thoroughly melted. Stir together until completely mixed. Let cool a few minutes. (Or heat the butter and chocolate in metal bowl set above a simmering pot of water on the stovetop and stir until melted.)
In separate bowl, beat eggs and add granulated and brown sugar. Beat thoroughly and add vanilla. Stir in chocolate mixture until completely mixed.
In another bowl, mix flour with salt and baking powder. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir until combined.
Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the center of the brownies is just set. Do not overbake.
Remove from oven and cool completely.
Place chocolate and butter in a small bowl.
Heat cream to boiling point in microwave or on stove. Pour over chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth and glossy.
Run a fork through the cooled brownies to break it into chunks. Turn the chunks into a mixing bowl and scrape any remaining in the pan into the bowl. Break any large chunks into smaller pieces.
Add ganache to crumbled brownies and stir until thoroughly blended. Try to keep some small chunks of brownie intact as you mix. If the ganache has gotten too stiff to work with easily, you can heat it for 30 seconds in the microwave, or set the bowl into a large bowl of hot water to loosen it up.
Let the truffles set, then roll into 1-inch / 2.5 cm balls. (Optional: Roll the truffles in cocoa powder.) Store in sealed tin at room temp, or in the fridge if for longer than 2 days. Can be stored in the freezer for up to one month.
I use salted butter in this recipe for both the brownies and the ganache. If you are using unsalted butter, you can increase the salt in the brownies from 1/2 teaspoon / 2.5 ml to 3/4 teaspoon / 3.75 ml.