"Sweet Snacks" is the next chapter in Petite Treats that is dedicated to our guilty pleasures from cupcakes all the way to doughnuts.When I saw this chapter I thought about all my favorite baked treats and many of the recipes from this chapter I wanted to test out.However that being said it made it that much harder to choose a recipe when I have so many guilty pleasures.So I ended up choosing a treat that intrigued me based on its title.
You picked a recipe based on it title? Ha-ha,Yeah I actually did! They are called F.U. brownies quoted by the author that they are reviewed to be "so good they're laced with profanity" ha-ha. When I read this I just had to make them because I love when humor is used in cookbooks and doesn't everyone want to know if these are so good you might swear. All I think is will I say" Shut the F**** Door ;)
Well before we find out if anyone would really swear when tasting these *wink* wink*. Everyone wants to know if this recipe is even worth making.Well to start with the directions to the recipe are pretty simple along with ingredients that are pretty easy to find at an grocery store.Now your wondering if the ingredients are so simple how are these brownies so different from the rest.Well this recipe actually includes a unique spice blend that you won't see in most brownies.These treats include ginger,nutmeg and even cloves to create the signature F.U Brownie.
Now I may say the directions are simple and easy to follow,which they are.But I did have some hiccups along the way of making these.The most surprising part I found in this recipe was that the sugar was no where to be found in the directions,but was listed in the ingredients.I ended up reading through the recipe about five times wondering If I missed it myself.However I eventually had to just improvise and add it in by order of ingredient.I was just glad in the end that the sugar was at least in the ingredient list or we would of had some bitter brownies.
Now the second little issue was more about me making a mistake and making improvements.So with this it was all about greasing the muffin tins, which can have many different items to use such as butter,shortening,lard ,cooking spray,special pans and liners.Now this recipe asked for butter and I felt I could use cooking spray on my mini muffin tins to save butter.Well that came to be a big mistake because I ended up with muffin tops and broken bottoms.So with that I had a pile of broken brownies and disappointment on my face
So with that feeling I thought well I'm not giving up that easily I'm going to make second batch.So with that I use butter on a nonstick Teflon pan for one half of the batter and the other half for liners.In the end I found that the liners were the easiest and simplest way to go as along as you remove the liner once cool.Then the second best choice is a good Teflon pan that is heavily butter.Overall, with these hiccups I still highly recommend the recipe.
Now on to the most important part, the taste and texture test.Is there really an F. U moment in here? Well I rarely swear, but for this test test I'll have to say that these were F***IN delicious.They really pack a punch of flavor that cannot measure up to any old chocolate brownie.These recipe has such a unique spice blend that enhances the overall flavor of the brownie.We still have our deep chocolate flavor from the cocoa and semisweet chocolate.However the ginger,nutmeg and cloves come in and create this almost gingerbread cookie flavor that just works so well.The flavor was top notch and incredibly unique .
Now with every flavor comes texture.Now brownies can go many different ways from cake-like all the way to fudge. Now these brownies came to the middle where we get the moist and fudge part along with crumbly and chewy.These textures are what I love,especially a cold fudge brownie.So yummy!
So overall, I really loved the flavor and texture to these brownies.However I was quite disappointed that there was a typo in the recipe and I wish that the recipe gave some more tips.However I know you can't win them all and I'm just glad in the end I got some kick ass brownies.Well that is all for now until we review "Classic Bites" recipes for all the classic dessert we enjoy in mini size.
|Hehe I Only had Halloween muffin liners left.|
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 ounces semisweet chocolate baking square
1/2 cups unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 325F.Heavily butter 18 mini muffin wells.
(Tips: Made 24+ mini muffins.Be sure to heavily grease the mini muffin tins. Teflon pans may be the best to use or to make it really easy use muffin liners to prevent any sticking)
Sift together the flour,cocoa powder, ginger,nutmeg,cloves and salt in a large bowl.
Whisk two eggs and vanilla in a small bowl.Set aside.
Melt baking chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.( Note: Sugar is missing in the recipe directions.So I added the sugar after melting the chocolate and butter) Once combined, remove from heat and stir in egg mixture and dry ingredients.
Using a 1 inch ice cream scoop and heaping scoops,fill prepared muffin cups (Using a spoon is just as good as well) Bake for 25 minutes, rotate pan once halfway through baking.Toothpick test is useful.
Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes and then turn onto a cooling rack to cool completely.(May stick on sides so be very careful when removing.With using liners you will not have this trouble)