Valentine’s Day isn’t really very special in our family; it’s just any other ordinary day. My daughter made everyone a heart-shaped card this morning, though, and I stuffed heart-shaped watermelon pieces and heart-shaped sandwiches into my kids’ lunch boxes for school today. Continue reading
It’s been very hot in Sydney lately. I don’t mean to complain, but we’ve had days where it’s been near (or right at) 110F; that’s seriously crazy! As you may understand, I haven’t been baking very much because of this heat. Continue reading
Do you love Biscoff? And chocolate? And ice cream? If you answered yes to all three questions, then you’re going to love this post. Continue reading
Last week my 3-year-old son had his tonsils and adenoids removed. What a stressful time for all of us! Even though this type of surgery is the most common one performed on children, any parent would still be worried about this happening to their own child. Continue reading
When I made Donna Hay’s Chocolate Cupcake Mix, I promised you I’d eventually try out more of her dessert kits. For this post I chose the Molten Chocolate Chunk Brownie Kit. The picture of the brownies on the box looks to-die-for, which is why I chose these over the Chocolate Chip Cookie Kit (which I’m sure will be next).
Donna Hay’s chocolate cupcakes from the kit were pretty good, but I was disappointed in the frosting. There wasn’t enough of it, and it turned out much lighter in color than the frosting on the box, which was so dark it looked like fudge. Also, the wrappers kept peeling away from the cupcakes, which was quite annoying.
I wasn’t much happier with the brownies. All that is required to make the brownies is some butter and eggs, then you whisk it into the dry ingredients from the kit. After whisking, you mix the chocolate chunks in.
One of the recipes from Martha Stewart’s COOKIES book that I’ve been so excited to try out is chocolate ginger brownies. I finally got some fresh ginger so I baked up a batch of these this past week.
They were really amazing – gooey and gingery! I don’t think you could make these without the fresh ginger and still have them taste just as great – so don’t try to substitute the fresh ginger with more ground dry ginger, use fresh!
I will note that these seemed to taste better fresh from the oven. They seemed to become stale and hard really quickly. I’d definitely recommend eating all these up on the same day that you bake them. If not, put a square of brownie in the microwave for about 10 seconds to warm it back up.
This isn’t really a brownie sundae like what you’d get at Dairy Queen or some other ice cream specialty shop. It’s actually just a brownie with ice cream! But still very yummy and probably much lighter than a DQ brownie sundae.
I still have no unsalted butter (waiting for our next trip to Costco), so I resorted to a box brownie mix. Okay, so I see some of you are gasping in disgust! Personally, while I don’t much care for box cake mixes, I actually do like box brownie mixes.
The particular one I used here is a Betty Crocker brand and it is a chocolate chunk brownie mix. I took a warm brownie slice, with the chocolate chunks still gooey, scooped creamy vanilla ice cream on top, drizzled both with chocolate syrup and sat a maraschino on top.
I think that whether or not you’re against box mixes, this brownie sundae looks quite irresistible!
By the way, feel free to use homemade brownies instead of a box mix! :)
I have become a frequent visitor to TasteSpotting.com. There are so many different types of lovely and amazing food on the website, I just start drooling every time I go there! This was where I found the recipe for bittersweet chocolate brownies.
To start at the beginning, I received a couple of bars of Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate in a chocolate haul I got for Valentine’s Day from my husband. I searched through my cookbooks and online to find a recipe using bittersweet chocolate, but most used semisweet. I began to crave brownies over the past couple of days and just today came across the recipe for bittersweet chocolate brownies (from Slow Like Honey), via TasteSpotting.com.
The baker, Amanda, at Slow Like Honey, claimed that these brownies were the best ever, and when I read that, I knew this was the recipe I would use my bittersweet chocolate for. They looked too tempting to pass by.
I did do a couple of things differently from the posted recipe, which is originally from Alice Medrich’s book Pure Dessert. I used a double boiler to melt the chocolate and butter, instead of sitting the bowl of chocolate and butter in simmering water and I used parchment paper to line the pan instead of aluminum foil. I think that my brownies are just a touch under-baked, although I went about 2-3 minutes over the recommended baking time, but I’d rather have under-baked brownies than over-baked brownies. I think my brownies are just extra gooey, but that makes them all the better, right?
Unfortunately, I don’t have any vanilla ice cream, or any ice cream at all for that matter, but I do think a scoop of vanilla ice cream would compliment a square of these brownies perfectly. They taste really nice, and I can assure you that I will definitely be making these again.
I found this recipe on the back of a Betty Crocker Ultimate Fudge brownie box mix. It looked extremely tempting, so I cut out the recipe to give it a try later on. Yesterday I pulled out the recipe again and ended up with this…
Betty Crocker Ultimate Fudge brownie box mix with a layer of cherry cream cheese in the middle.
They are very yummy and gooey. Some problems I had with the recipe was that if I had had a 9×9-inch pan, I would have used it so that the brownies wouldn’t have been so thick. As it was, I used an 8×8-inch pan and had to bake over the recommended time by a little less than 10 minutes. The top of the brownies became quite crunchy, which I wasn’t too fond of.
Another problem I had was that of mixing an egg with the cream cheese mixture. I presume this was to make the cream cheese layer puff up a bit, but while it tastes just fine and cream cheesey, the close-up texture looks like that of a baked egg, which sort of puts me off a little bit!
The recipe can be found at the Betty Crocker website.
The only thing I did differently with the recipe was with the cream cheese mixture – I mixed the chopped cherries into the cream cheese mixture last so that I wouldn’t squash and smoosh the cherries.
I personally think that the brownies taste best straight from the refrigerator, rather than straight from the oven or at room temperature. But try it out, and see what you think!