Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Taste & Create: Bad Girl's Moosewood Brownies

So... I joined up for Taste & Create in November (for December) totally forgetting (don't ask me how I managed this one) that I was gonna be in India for the entire month. Yeah. I'm cool like that... BUT! And this is the fantastic bit - it turns out that over the Silly Season the girls at Taste & Create give you TWO months to check out your partner's blog - Yay them!!!

"What is Taste & Create?" you're asking... Well, it's the first ever blogging event that I've signed up to and basically what you do is register your name, blog and e-mail and the T&C ladies set you up with a blogging partner. Your mission then, is to read your partner's blog and chose a recipe that you then try out for yourself, blog about and review.

This month I was pared with Min of The Bad Girl's Kitchen who has a HUUUGE long blog full of really interesting looking recipes! But what really caught my eye was her post about Molly Katzen's Moosewood Fudge Brownies and as such, this is the recipe I've chose for my first even T&C event!

The Moosewood cook book is a fantastic vegetarian cookbook that everybody, EVERBODY should own. Says my mother. Who has two copies, I think. And will lend me neither!

Any how, this is how my brownies turned out:

Marbled "fudgy brownies" with Red Food Colouring for  Added ZING!
And this is the recipe I followed which is slightly modified from both Min and Moosewoods version (mine has less butter/sugar)...

You will need:

6 ounces butter, softened
1 cup unpacked brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
5 eggs
3/4 cup flour (I used 1 cup = kinda cakey = kind ew, in my opinion)

5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

Note the lack of red food colouring, yeah... Don't do that. I know you already knew that, but now I have proof as to why! It just looks weird...

First, set the oven to 175 degrees C, and line and grease a 9" square baking tin...

Now, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (don't use the whisk attachment, unless you like light, cakey brownies... Another piece of wisdom I learnt today...).

Pour in the vanilla and beat in the eggs. If you want a straight chocolate brownie, pour your melted chocolate in now before the flour, otherwise flour first!

For marbling... Separate out some of the mix and pour a little chocolate in, stir until combined. Drizzle a little chocolate into the white mix and give it a half-hearted twist.

Now to marble. Layer the bottom of your pan with the white-ish batter and then blob chocolate batter on top. Mix a little with a chopstick to make designs. Drizzle about one third of the left over melted chocolate over the mix and stir in just a little. Repeat for a second layer. Drizzle the final third of chocolate over the top of the batter in a design that pleases you, but don't mix it this time!

Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool before cutting into squares.

I think that this recipe has the potential to be great provided you don't make the mistakes I did!

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