Chilled Bittersweet Brownies

I am constantly developing, testing and researching recipes. Some of my finished recipes appear on my blog, while some of them appear in my “CHEW THIS!” column for “The Courier-Times”. Other recipes appear on my Facebook page, Instagram page, Snapchat or in my cookbook. I developed this recipe but could not wait for it to appear anywhere – so I am sharing it here and now! If you love more of a fudge brownie opposed to a cake like brownie and if you like your brownies dense and chilled, this recipe is for you!

Chilled Bittersweet Brownies

2 sticks unsalted butter
10 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
4 large eggs
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup white all-purpose flour

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13×9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line with parchment paper and spray again.

In a large microwave safe bowl combine the unsalted butter and bittersweet chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove and stir until smooth and glossy. Sit aside to cool.

In another bowl combine the large beaten eggs with the dark brown sugar, white granulated sugar, salt and pure vanilla extract. Once combined, add in the melted butter and chocolate mixture and beat together well.

Finally, fold in the white all-purpose flour until just combined. Pour into the prepared baking pan and smooth and even out the top.

Place in preheated oven for 37 minutes exactly. Remove and allow to cool, in the pan, at room temperature.

Once cooled, wrap tightly and place into the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. When ready to cut, serve and eat, remove brownies from pan using the parchment paper and cut into small pieces.

Leftovers should be kept chilled in an airtight container. Will last 4 days.

Enjoy!

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Easy Cheese Danish

I love a good cheese Danish and I used to make Ina Garten’s cheese danish that uses puff pastry – that was, until I developed this recipe! It is really easy, just a few ingredients and is delicious served hot or cold. I am currently experimenting with other flavors but so far the cheese is my favorite. Also be sure you include the fresh lemon zest with this recipe. It really makes all the difference!

Easy Cheese Danish

For the danish…
2 cans crescent rolls
16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup white granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
1 large egg
1 large egg white, splash of water

For the glaze…
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray containing flour.

Unwrap one of the crescent rolls tubes and place the crescent rolls into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Pinch together the seems to create a solid sheet of dough.

In a large bowl beat together the cream cheese, white granulated sugar, pure vanilla extract, fresh lemon zest and large egg until smooth, combined and shiny.

Pour this mixture over the sheet of dough.

Unwrap the other crescent roll tube and place the crescent roll sheet over the top of the mixture and carefully pinch together the seems to create a solid sheet of dough.

In a small bowl combine the large egg white with a splash of water. Brush this on top of the pastry and place in preheated oven to bake for 40 minutes. Once golden brown remove and cool for 15 minutes before pouring on the glaze.

To make the glaze combine the confectioner’s sugar, milk and pure vanilla extract in a small bowl and whisk together. Pour and spread evenly over the danish.

Allow to cool slightly and serve. Leftovers can be kept, covered, in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Enjoy!

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Grandma Mary’s Chocolate Brownies

My friend, Theresa Pierce, gave me this recipe awhile back and I have made it several times. I am not sure why I have not featured it before now, but here we are. Theresa said she thinks the original recipe came from one of Grandma Mary’s “Delco Plant 3” cookbooks but was not for sure. I am giving credit here to Mary and naming them in her honor regardless.

These are fabulously delicious, different than most brownie recipes and can feed a crowd! The recipe calls for 1 can of “Hershey” syrup, or one pound, which is equal to 1 1/2 cups in a liquid measure. The recipe also says you can include nuts but I have never included them and neither has Grandma Barbra when she has made these. If nuts are your thing, please add them. Also a final note on the frosting. The frosting tends to harden quickly, like candy, so be aware and spread evenly – fast!

These are moist, slightly chewy and have a taste all of their own. They do however remind me slightly of Ina Garten’s “Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes” but in brownie form and without the Ganache. Highly recommend that you try these!

Grandma Mary’s Chocolate Brownies

For the brownies…
1 stick (4 oz) margarine, melted (not butter)
1 cup white granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups “Hershey” chocolate syrup
1 cup + 1 tablespoon white all-purpose flour
Nuts, if desired

For the frosting…
6 tablespoons butter (not margarine)
6 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
3/4 cup (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a regular sized baking sheet (cookie sheet) with non-stick cooking spray containing flour.

In a large bowl beat together the melted margarine, white granulated sugar and large eggs. Stir in the “Hershey” syrup and white all-purpose flour. Add nuts here if desired.

Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Place in preheated oven for exactly 22 minutes. Remove and cool.

To make the frosting, combine the butter, milk and white granulated sugar over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, bring to a boil. Stir constantly for 90 seconds.

Remove from heat and stir in the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Continue to stir until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Immediately pour the frosting over the cooled brownies and quickly spread evenly. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes, then cut and serve.

Enjoy!

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Chew This! Baked Spaghetti

Happy “Chew This” Sunday! I am so excited to share my recipe for “Baked Spaghetti” with everyone! Please pick up a copy of “The Courier-Times” TODAY and let me know what you think of my newest column. Also check out my “Ask and Answer” section featuring my recipe and tips for my “quick biscuits” – only 2 ingredients! Enjoy!

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Cookbook Corner – Cake, I Love You

My current favorite cake cookbook!?

“Cake, I Love You” By: Jill O’Connor

I love cookbooks and I especially love cookbooks based on desserts and if that dessert happens to be CAKE – I am all in! I will flag up now though and say that I know the talented author of this beautifully genius cookbook, Jill O’ Connor but my friendship does not in any way sway me one way or another. I am here to give open and honest feedback and that is what I will do. BUY THIS BOOK! Ha! Seriously, do yourself a favor and buy it! Filled with wonderful recipes, mouthwatering photos, beautiful stories and descriptions – what more could you possibly want?

The cookbook is divided into the following categories – Banana, Coconut, Chocolate, Caramel and Butterscotch, Citrus, Spirits and Spices, Garden and Orchard.

There is also sections on Baker’s Gear, Baker’s Pantry and Building A Better Cake – which all helped me tremendously when fully wanting to understand the operation known as: baking a perfect cake. I highly recommend reading these sections before you try any of the genius recipes included.

Just SOME of my favorite recipes include –

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with Melted Chocolate Bar Frosting” (page 74). Which I made first and everybody LOVED! Here is a picture –

Banana-Brownie Swirl Cake” (page 28)

Salted Butter Pecan Cake” (page 94)

Sticky Toffee Pudding” (page 98)

Luscious Lemon Loaf” (page 111)

Sweet Potato-Praline Spice Cake with Marshmallow Meringue” (page 145)

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Cake” (page 169)

In case you are wondering there ARE recipes for coconut cakes but I am not a coconut fan. So – there is that! Ha!

I would recommend reading the first sections of the book, then diving in and making your favorite flavor of cake. Everyone went WILD for her mayonnaise cake and honestly her recipe for “melted chocolate bar frosting” was my FAVORITE frosting of all of 2017. There I said it! It was amazing and I have actually had it on other things other than just this cake! Cupcakes – cookies – brownies – spoons! Ha! And yes – it tastes just like a melted chocolate bar! This recipe alone is easily worth the price of the book. Genius recipe – genius!

I would love to get together with Jill and have a “taste off” of mayonnaise cakes! Maybe one day. I am actually getting ready to finalize a new chocolate mayonnaise cake recipe that I hope to include in an upcoming “Chew This!” column. I will not let anything slip right now, but how does coffee sound with the cake? Ok, no more hints and back to the review.

I love this book and highly recommend it to dessert lovers and cake lovers alike.

To buy “Cake, I Love You” click here – https://www.amazon.com/Cake-Love-You-Decadent-Delectable/dp/1452153809

Shoutout and special thanks to Chronicle Books for the opportunity to review this cookbook. The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise