TWD #33: “I could put it in her brownie.”
If you can accurately quote who says that line (actor or character name) and what show, you get a cookie. Ok you won’t get a cookie but I’ll be really impressed and bow down to your TV watching greatness.
Hint: Stuff White People Like.
I am not a tv person but that show was like a train wreck (in a good comedic drama way) that you just couldn’t stop watching even though every instinct said you should turn away. That family puts the diss in dysfunctional! HAHA. Oh man I miss that show. Here’s hoping for a movie reunion soon. ::crossing fingers::
As you’ve probably kinda guessed from my title… The TWD-nators baked up some brownies this week. Not just any brownies though. In typical Dorie fashion, this one fused 2 types of decadent desserts together: brownie-cake. Not only was it a 2for dessert, it had caramel. To say that I am a caramel addict would be putting it politely. I love caramel. Love, love love it! So you can imagine that I was ecstatic when Tammy of Wee Treats by Tammy chose this as her recipe. You can find the original recipe on her blog.
What I learned this week:
Making caramel is a delicate process. If you don’t cook it enough, it doesn’t have much flavor. If you cook it too long you risk burning it. If you cook it just right, its a tongue-gasm in your mouth!
Caramel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake
(Recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s BFMHTY | photos from me!)
To make the brownie cake—
Ooops. I forgot the parchment paper. Getting the cake out was touch and go for a bit but it eventually came out ok. Whew!
My cake sank in the middle but Dorie said it would happen so its all good.
To make caramel—
For my first caramel attempt, I didn’t cook it long enough so after I added the cream and butter it was a soupy mess so the 2nd time I took Dorie’s sound advice (Why didn’t I do it the first time??) about dropping a small amount against a white plate to compare colors. I used my creme brulee dish b/c it was the closest thing within my reach. Isn’t it crazy the difference in color and small time frame between the 4th and 5th drops? Yes. I know. I am a big fat pocket-protector-wearing nerd.
I served the brownie-cake up with some vanilla bean ice cream. Talk about died and gone to sugar high heaven. ::drool::
Husband rating: A
He’s not a caramel addict like me. He thought the caramel was a bit too chewy for his own taste but he loved the brownie cake.
Wifey rating: A
Ditto hubs but reverse it. I thought the brownie cake was good but I LOVED that caramel. The salty peanuts were such a great compliment to the sweet caramel.
Other rating: A
I brought this over to a friend’s house for a little impromptu dinner invite and there were nothing but raves. It was only 6 of us but there were no leftovers. Good thing I decided not to half it huh?
Next week: Lenox Almond Biscotti, pages 141-143
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