1 1/4 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
Clarified butter, for cooking
Salted Caramel Syrup, recipe follows
Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream, warm
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon fleur de sel
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