I did not make the Cherry part of this week's chosen TWD recipe, Cherry-Fudge Brownie Torte. I also did not make the mousse. The recipe was chosen by April of Short + Rose. You can get the full cherry laden, mousse-y recipe on her blog.
I actually kind of like cherry and chocolate together, but my husband does not--at all. He even makes a nasty face when we pass by the boxes of cherry cordials at the stores during the holidays. I didn't think the boys would like it either. And the mousse, well, sounds de-lish, but I decided against the cream cheese, mascarpone and heavy cream. After looking at the richness of the brownie recipe, I just thought we didn't need all the extra fat involved with the mousse. Maybe someday. Yes, I'm sure someday we'll "NEED" that fat. (eye roll)
SO, I halved the brownie recipe, scooped three ounces of batter into six ramekins, injected (with a pastry bag) the batter of each one with some ooey, melty caramel (12 unwrapped caramels and 1 1/2 tablespoons cream--melted together). I wanted them to be more on the underdone side, so they baked for 19 minutes.
Mmm, grab a fork and dig in. Um, no, not yet. They need something more. Okay, my plan all along was turtles! I don't know what it is, but I've really been in to caramel lately (my recent Heavenly Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispies Treats and Halloween Oreo Caramel Rice Krispies Treats to name a few things). I almost feel like I cannot have something caramel without nuts, specifically pecans. BUT, I made these individually like this so the boys could all have a snack and we have a few here who don't like nuts (or so they say ;). So I removed the brownies from each ramekin with just a little lifting with a spoon and they all came out nicely. (Whew.)
Um---YUM! But, that's not all! Since I was skipping the mousse, I wanted to "challenge" myself with something, so I did something I hadn't done before and I whipped some cream (using my arm and hand, a whisk, a bowl, some cream and a tablespoon of powdered sugar). I feel a little proud about this! After just a short time and a little arm pain, I had fresh whipped cream!
Some may know, I grew up a Cool Whip girl and I cringe a little to tell you that well, I still prefer Cool Whip to the real stuff. But we had the fresh real stuff with these brownies! After a nice dollop of whipped cream, whoever wanted to sprinkled a generous amount of pecans over the top and then just because it seemed like the right thing to do, another drizzle of some caramel. Oh, and the boys, of course, had to have some sprinkles on theirs!
This. was. good!
I would now like to try this recipe as just some regular brownies sometime. Thanks for the fun pick, April. Feel free to check out the other "tortes" at the Tuesday's With Dorie blog. I can't wait to see all the mousse tortes out there!