Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TWD—Bittersweet Brownies


Check out my post for National Bundt Cake Day today—and oh yeah---it’s also my birthday!  I’ve made the last few weeks fun having excuses to make a couple bundt cakes, you know, to honor the day.

But I do want to tell you about this week’s TWD.  Once again, we had two recipes to choose from or we could make both.  I wanted to make the Alsatian Apple Tart (page 314), but I wasn’t able to get to it.  Will have to do that sometime though!  If you’d like the recipe for the tart, it was chosen by Jessica of cookbookhabit and she’ll have it posted.

I did make the Bittersweet Brownies that were chosen by Leslie of Lethally Delicious.  They’re brownies, how could I not do that one?  The recipe would have made a 9x13 pan of brownies and I decided to halve it because when I made them, we already had a couple other goodies to consume as well.   I followed the recipe exactly, using some 70% Lindt Excellence dark chocolate (one of my very favorites!).  The only thing I did different was leave out the espresso powder, which was optional anyway. 

These brownies, that Dorie suggests only bake for 20-22 minutes and no more, are very fudgy.  I chilled them in the fridge overnight—which is a perfect way to “set” brownies.   I liked them.  I like fudge.  Kevin thought they were TOO fudgy.  With all this baking I’ve been doing over the last few years, he has come to realize and appreciate that he is learning what he likes and doesn’t really like in baked goods.  He strongly dislikes fudge.  So he didn’t care for these brownies.  He has learned he prefers dense but chewy brownies.  Good for him!  These brownies really were like baked fudge—is there such a thing?  These would be good cut into one inch squares as they are rich and a little bit will do you at a time.

As much as they were not Kevin’s favorite kind of brownies, I believe that between he and Scottie, they ate probably 90% of the 8x8 inch pan.  Please pass the fudge!


By the end of the year, we will be finished with Dorie’s Baking From My Home To Yours and that is very bittersweet, too!  Never fear the Tuesdays With Dorie group will be starting another Dorie Greenspan favorite, Baking With Julia.

Two posts in one day—check out my post in celebration of National Bundt Cake Day!


Victoria Radhose said...

OMG! This looks like sweet deliciousness!

Natalie said...

happy happy birthday! hope you're celebrating with lots of sweet treats :)

Katrina said...

Thanks, Victoria and Natalie!

Erin said...

OOO I love fudgy brownies they're my favorite!

Kayte said...

I know this is going to shock you, and in your new advanced stage of age since having the birthday and all I should be more careful about things like this...but I chose to make the chocolate selection this week...Mark actually was surprised as well. After seeing all the tarts, I think I may have to go back in on that one for free choice week next week. Of course, your stuff looks great, including those cookies and those big and little bundts...oh yeah, I saw and read them all!

Vera said...

Do you know if new people can join the baking with Julia group?

Katrina said...

Vera, I believe they will be opening up the new group to anyone who wants to join for a time. Get updates on the TWD website. www.tuesdayswithdorie.com

They might not say too much until after the holidays, we'll finish the TWD book at the end of the year.