Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Brownie Week, Day 2 and Tuesdays With Dorie

FIRST-The Brownie for Day 2: White Chocolate Blondies with Lemon and White Chocolate. That is an incredibly long name for a brownie, I know. I used the blondie recipe found in the Cookies, Brownies, and Bars cookbook that I'm giving away. (Be sure to leave a comment on Monday's post with what your dream brownie is to be entered to win!) I put a layer of the lightest lemon frosting over the blondie and topped it off with white chocolate. I cut these beauties into just 1 inch squares because they are so rich. The combination of the lemon and white chocolate is just heavenly!

White Chocolate Blondies with Lemon and White Chocolate Frosting

*start with your favorite blondie recipe (couldn't post the one I used for publisher rights stuff) and add 6 oz white chocolate chips before cooking.

Lemon Frosting

1/2 C butter, softened
2 C powdered sugar

Mix well

1 tsp lemon extract
1 T milk
2-3 drops of yellow food coloring (optional)

Blend until light and fluffy. Pour over blondies that are completely cool and refrigerate until firm

1/2 C melted butter
6 oz white chocolate chips

Melt together and spread over lemon filling. Top with lemon zest for garnish. Refridgerate until firm. Cut into 1 inch squares and keep in fridge until served.

Don't forget to cover your pan completely in foil before baking but be sure to spray that with cooking oil before pouring brownie mix in it. It makes it so easy to take out of the pan to cut the brownies afterward.

SECOND: Tuesdays With Dorie. This is my first Tuesday cooking with Dorie and it was absolutely perfect because the recipe was Caramel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake. I know, perfect, right?! It was a fun new recipe to try and you can find it on pages 264 and 265 in the Baking from my home to yours cookbook by Dorie Greenspan.

The brownie rose a TON in the oven and then the middle fell. According to the recipe, I shouldn't be alarmed by that happening, except that the outside edges were way overcooked by the time the middle was cooked through. I cut those burnt sides off the level the cake and it all worked out just fine though. Also, I have a hard time cooking with nuts, especially when they aren't ground to fine pieces, so even though the topping called for whole peanuts smothered in caramel sauce and it looked beautiful, I just couldn't do it. Instead I covered the whole cake in about 2 cups of sweetened coconut, sprinkled it with about 1/2 cup of chopped semi-sweet chocolate chips and popped it back into the warm oven to melt the chocolate a little bit. Then I melted 10 kraft caramels in about 2 tsp of milk and drizzled that over the top. This cake was SO good! I had to cut it to take some pictures and just wanted to taste one bite so I could write about it, but within about 30 seconds the whole piece was completely devoured. I hate it when I do that! I will definitely be making this again though!


Anonymous said...

Can I change my favorite? That blondie is definitely it!

Meg said...

Those blondies look absolutely sinful! I have bookmarked it to make later!

The Shulls said...

Every time I am more amazed how your brownies and blondies can look so yummy and well shaped! I love the way they look after you cut them!

That chocolate cake seems terrific... I can't wait to try it with my family...I might need to lose a few pounds before I make it though... I am sure I'll eat almost the whole thing myself!

Thanks for visiting my blog too!! :)

Jenny said...

I made some blondies last week and will be posting them soon too! I love them and can't stop eating them! Great post!

nicole said...

Both of those desserts look awesome.

Maria said...

Lemon and white chocolate...delicious!

Aggie said...

Wow! Both look so delicious!

Patricia said...

The lemon and white chocolate blondies look divine...I am not a fan of brownie's...YES I admit it to you all, but the blondie's...YUM YUM!!! I must try these soon...Patricia

Prudy said...

Oh boy, those both sound amazing. Welcome to TWD. How timely!

hot garlic said...

Both look great! How nice that TWD coincided with brownie week! I've held off doing any week of anything, it would be too tempting as my willpower is crap!

Can't wait to see what comes next!

The Food Librarian said...

Boy, you've been so busy! Everything looks grand!

Rhiani said...

Your variation on the Tuesday's with Dorie recipe for this week looks wonderful - I may just have to try it.

Ingrid said...

That's a bummer about not being able to post the white chocolate blondie recipe.

Lemon and white chocolate, I never would have thought to combine the two but that's not surprising as I'm kinda lame when it comes to being creative in the kitchen.