lounge

Archives

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

January 16, 2014 by braytonbb

My friend, who is a chef in Napa Valley, is incredible when it comes to his homemade pasta dishes and tiramisu recipes. I was shocked when he called me the other day and asked for for a traditional brownie recipe. The first thing I told him is that I am sure that whatever he came up with would be amazing. I am sure he knows that as well, but he insisted I share with him whatever I had since my sister raved about them. I have not made traditional brownies in some time. If you have followed my blog you will know that I have posted all sorts of brownies such as Blondies, Lemon Brownies Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Peanut Brownies,  Fudgey Chocolate Cherry Cake Brownies, and  Black & White Brownies  but never traditional brownies. Traditional brownies, though scrumptious as they are, are a lot like scrambled eggs. When I have guest that asks if I can do just scrambled eggs, I say of course, but we always do so much more than just scrambled eggs for breakfast. If that is what a guest wants, then that is what we will do, so I present to you the traditional brownie. I like to think of these as a refrigerator brownies. Even though it is hard not to dig into them as soon as you pull them from the oven, they are so much better once they are chilled. Dense and fudgey. Try them for yourself. Let me know what you think.

Brownies, chocolate fudgeChocolate Fudge Brownies - 1/4 C flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 C butter, 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, 1/2 C  light brown sugar, 1/3 C sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 large egg yolk, 1 tsp. of espresso powder and 1/2 C dark chocolate chips.

Frosting- 1 C dark chocolate chips, 4 TB butter, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, pinch of salt, 1/2 powdered sugar and 1-2 TB milk.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a double boiler, add a couple of inches of water. To the top pan add butter, unsweetened chocolate. Melt chocolate and butter. Once melted remove top pot from bottom and whisk in brown sugar and granulated sugar. Whisk in egg, yolk and vanilla. Add flour mixture and fold in chocolate chips. Pour in 8×8 pan. Bake 30 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

For frosting, melt chocolate chips and butter. Stir in vanilla and salt. Stir in powdered sugar and then add milk a little at a time until smooth, creamy and shiny. Spread on brownies and refrigerate. Serve when firm.

 

Mini Crustless Pumpkin Pies

October 17, 2013 by braytonbb

This time of year really gets me craving all those wonderful fall desserts like apple pie, apple crisp, caramel bars, and yes, pumpkin pie. Dairy Queen, of course always seems to get me with their pumpkin blizzards. Since they came out with the mini’s they are the perfect little treat. I am a big fan of snack size anything. It gives me my little piece of heaven without all the guilt. That’s where these little gems come in. Your own little pumpkin pie, without the crust that you can just pick up and eat. No mess and all goodness. Thanks Pinterest for another great recipe!

Mini Crustless Pumpkin Pies

1 15oz. can pumpkin pie filling, 1/2 C sugar, 1/4 C brown sugar, 2 LG. eggs, 1 tps. vanilla, 3/4 C evaporated milk, 2/3 C flour, 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp. baking soda.

pumpkin pie mini crustless

 

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cupcake tin. DON’T USE PAPER CUPCAKE LINERS OR YOU WILL HAVE A HECK OF TIME TRYING TO GET THESE OUT! They pop out really easy as long as you spray.

Mix pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Add flour, pumpkin, spice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda to mixture. Fill each muffin cup almost 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and put in fridge to cool completely. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with more pumpkin pie spice. Make 18

Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel and Peanut Brownies

July 13, 2012 by braytonbb

This is probably the best brownie recipe I have ever had, hands down. If you like a chewy brownie, this is for you. The nuts give it a bit of saltiness and crunch and the caramel gives you that chewy sweetness that forces you to slow down in eating it before you inhale it and go back for seconds. I hope you enjoy this recipe is as much as I do!

CARAMEL AND SALTED PEANUT BROWNIESDark Chocolate and Salted Caramel and Peanut Brownies – Serves 12 brownies

1 stick butter, plus a little more greasing your pan, 10 oz of chewy caramels (chewier the better), 1/3 C flour, 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa, 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, 1 oz. of dark chocolate, 3/4 C sugar, 3/4 brown sugar, 4 large eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 C roasted, salted peanuts.

IMPORTANT! Line the bottom of a 9″ square baking pan with parchment paper. Foil works, but does stick to the brownies. Also and 8″ pan works, but you do have bake a little longer. Paper is important though in cutting the brownies.  Butter paper an sides of the pan. Place caramels, flour and cocoa in a med bowl and toss to combine. Set aside.

In a double boiler, set over simmer water, melt butter. Ad chocolates and stir until melted. Remove from heat and let cool about 10 min.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt until very thick. Stir in chocolate  mixture and peanut until just combined.

Spread brownie batter in pan. Bake for 30 min. Transfer to a wire rack and cool in pan. Refrigerate brownies until chilled, 3-4 hours before cutting.

Oreo Balls

April 20, 2012 by braytonbb

Silly name, but seriously good! I have taken these to parties, served them to my guests for desserts and have even enjoyed them myself. They should stay in the freezer until ready to serve.  If you have a food processor, this is super easy. This can be done in a blender as well, but its a lot more work. This recipe comes from my daughter in law. When I first had one, I thought this is good, but then I could not stop helping myself to more.  What is nice is that you can make a bunch and store them in your freezer. Whenever you get that chocolate craving, help yourself. I have not tried using the chocolate or the mint Oreos, but I can only imagine how scrumptious they would be.

CHOCOLATE COVERED OREO BALLSOreo Balls

1 package of Oreos, 8oz. cream cheese, white chocolate and/ semi sweet baking chocolate

Add the entire package of Oreos to the food processor. Process until crumbly. Add softened cream cheese and process until smooth.

Scoop out Tablespoons of crumb mixture and form into a ball.  Put on a cookie sheet and store in the freezer until ready to coat with chocolate. (It will be much easier when they are firm like this)

Melt chocolate and either dip the frozen Oreo balls in chocolate or drizzle with the white or chocolate  or both.

30-35 balls depending on the size you make them. Store in the freezer until ready to serve.

 

Friday Recipe of the Week – 7 Layer Bars

March 9, 2012 by braytonbb

This is an oldie but a goodie. Its funny sometimes when I make these, I will have guests comment that they have not had them years or that their mother use to make them for them when they were kids. I am glad I can bring back some of those memories.

 

 7 Layer Bars 

7 LAYER BARS

 

1/2 C butter, 1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs, 1 can condensed milk (14oz), 1 bag chocolate chips, 1 bag of butterscotch chips, crushed walnuts and approx. 1/2 C shredded coconut.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees or 325 for a glass dish. Melt butter in a 13×9″ pan in the oven. Sprinkle graham crumbs evenly over butter and press down with a spoon. Pour condensed milk over crumbs. Top with chips, coconut and nuts. Bake 25-3.0 min. until brown around the edges. Let cool completely and cut.

Fudgy Cherry Cake Brownies

March 2, 2012 by braytonbb

This is another recipe from my Grandma. She always made the best desserts. This one I can throw together really quickly and everyone thinks  it took a long time. I cut the pieces a little big this time, but nobody seemed to mind.

Brownies, cherryFudgy, Cherry Cake Brownies

Cake – 2 eggs, 1 can of cherry pie filling, and 1 box of devils food cake mix.

Frosting – 5 TB butter, 1/3 C milk, 1/2 C sugar and a half of a bag of chocolate chips.

Mix the cake ingredients. Pour into an 8 1/2 x 11 cake pan. Bake for 30 min until toothpick comes out clean.

After you remove the cake from the oven, start preparing frosting. In a small saucepan, melt the chips, butter, milk and sugar until completely melted and all the sugar is dissolved.  Let cool or serve semi warm. Delicious!

 

Baked Grapefruit

April 29, 2011 by braytonbb

This Baked Grapefruit recipe is a very easy recipe for a simple breakfast in the morning, lunch or side dish.  Many people tell me that they do not care for grapefruit, but they really enjoy this recipe.

Baked Grapefruit – Serves 2BAKED GRAPEFRUIT

Ruby Red grapefruit (very important) White is too sour

brown sugar (light or dark)

cherry (garnish)

 

Cut 1 ruby red grapefruit in half. Take out any seeds. Cut around grapefruit and section off.

Sprinkle with brown sugar (approx. 1 tb)

Broil for 1 min (watch carefully) or bake for 5-7 minutes until brown sugar caramelizes.

Top off with a cherry for decoration.

Serve in half of the grapefruit on a salad plate or bowl.

»