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May 20, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie: Not Madelines, But Quintuple Triple Chocolate Brownies (With Peanut Butter Frosting) Instead!

Tuesdays With Dorie: Quintuple Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

It's Tuesday! So you know what that means...Tuesdays with Dorie! This week's recipe was Madelines and was chosen by Tara of Smells Like Home. We were given the option that if we didn't have a Madeline pan we could do one of the previous recipes that we might have missed so I chose to do the Quintuple Chocolate Brownies instead because to be completely honest Madelines have never spoken to me, which is weird given usually I'm all about French type foods.

Digressing...Where was I? Oh yes...Quintuple Chocolate Brownies! Which in all reality in my case were more aptly Triple Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting. I ended up melting 3 ounces of milk chocolate chips and 3 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips for the brownie batter. (That's chocolate one and chocolate two for those of you who are counting!) I used whole milk chocolate chips stirred into the batter. (Which if you're still counting would go back to one since I had already used milk chocolate in the batter.) And then last but not least I used cocoa. (Which round us out to chocolate three!)

I was out of white chocolate so I decided to whip up a peanut butter frosting, which I've listed below as well and I must say they really turned out great! We're back to that quintessential pairing of chocolate and peanut butter...How can you go wrong there?

To make these more travel friendly I decided to bake the brownies as cupcakes, because I don't have a 9 X 9 inch pan. I've got an 8 X 8 inch pan, but I wanted for Jamison to be able to take these to work to share and I didn't think either of those pans would yield enough brownies. In cupcake form I ended up with around 21 cupcakes and I baked them for about 20-25 minutes.

Tuesdays With Dorie: Quintuple Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting: The Inside

Be sure and stop over at the Tuesdays with Dorie blog and peruse the blog roll to see what all the other TWD bakers came up with this week!

What You'll Need for the Brownies:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped (Note: I used semi-sweet chocolate chips.)
3 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (Note: I used milk chocolate chips.)
2 Tablespoons strong coffee (Note: I omitted this. You've heard my spiel on coffee before so I'll spare you this time! ;oP)
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla (Note: I used 1 tablespoon.)
6 ounces premium-quality milk chocolate, chopped into chips, or 1 cup store-bought milk chocolate chips (Note: I used 6 ounces of milk chocolate chips.)
1 cup chopped nuts (Note: I skipped the nuts.)

What You'll Need for the Glaze: (Note: I skipped this and did peanut butter frosting instead.)
6 ounces premium-quality white chocolate, finely chopped, or 1 cup store-bought white chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy cream

What You'll Need for the Peanut Butter Frosting:
1 - 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, softened
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 cup of peanut butter powder

Getting Ready:

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, butter the foil and place the pan on a baking sheet.

Sift together the flour, cocoa, and salt.

Tuesdays With Dorie: Quintuple Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting: A Bite

To Make the Brownies:

Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and add, in the following order, the butter, the two chocolates and the coffee. Keeping the pan over low heat, warm just until the butter and chocolates are melted - you don’t want the ingredients to get so hot they separate, so keep an eye on the bowl. Stir gently, and when the mixture is smooth, set it aside for 5 minutes. (Note: I did this in the microwave instead of messing with a double boiler. I still let it cool for 5 minutes though.)

Using a whisk or a rubber spatula, beat the sugar into the chocolate mixture. Don’t beat too vigorously - you don’t want to add air to the batter - and don’t be concerned about any graininess. Next, stir in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. You should have a smooth, glossy batter. If you’re not already using a rubber spatula, switch to one now and gently stir in the dry ingredients, mixing only until they are incorporated. Finally, stir in the milk chocolate chips and the nuts. Scrape the batter into the pan.

Bake for about 35 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out streaked but not thickly coated. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and let the brownies rest undisturbed for at least 30 minutes. (You can wait longer, if you’d like.)

Turn the brownies out onto a rack, peel away the foil and place it under another rack - it will be the drip catcher for the glaze. Invert the brownies onto the rack and let cool completely.

Tuesdays With Dorie: Quintuple Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting: Pre-Frosting

To Make the Glaze:

Put the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring the heavy cream to a boil and pour it over the chocolate. Wait 30 seconds, then, using a rubber spatula, gently stir until the chocolate is melted and the glaze is smooth.

Hold a long metal icing spatula in one hand and the bowl of glaze in the other. Pour the glaze onto the center of the brownies and use the spatula to nudge it evenly over the surface. Don’t worry if it dribbles over the edges, you can trim the sides later (or not). Refrigerate the brownies for about 20 minutes to dry the glaze.

Cut into 16 squares, each roughly 2-1/4 inches on a side.

Tuesdays With Dorie: Quintuple Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting: Pre-Frosting Right Out of the Oven

To Make the Peanut Butter Frosting:

In the bowl of a mixer cream together the cream cheese and butter until completely smooth. Add powdered sugar on low speed and mix until completely incorporated. Next add the peanut butter powder also on slow speed and mix until completely mixed. Spread mixture on cooled brownies and serve.

Posted by Dianne at May 20, 2008 7:06 AM

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Comments

Wow - triple chocolate and peanut butter? And I've never heard of peanut butter powder - neat find!

Posted by: Caitlin at May 20, 2008 8:23 AM

I found it a while back through WW of all places. It's really good and it's lighter than full fledged peanut butter, but it doesn't have an overly sweet, weird constitution when you reconstitute it. It's just like real peanut butter. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 20, 2008 8:40 AM

Your brownies look just divine! Great job! :)

Posted by: Chelle at May 20, 2008 9:08 AM

Oh wow--how resourceful, since Peanut Butter and chocolate are heaven sent. They look great as cupcakes too!

Posted by: Christina at May 20, 2008 9:24 AM

Speechless. Not, not quite--they look AWESOME!!! I've been dying to try those brownies. I'm going to dream about them all day...

Posted by: Cafe Johnsonia at May 20, 2008 9:48 AM

Yummy!!! This is definitely going to be a favorite of mine. They look amazing!!

Posted by: K-Nut at May 20, 2008 10:12 AM

Yummy!!! This is definitely going to be a favorite of mine. They look amazing!!

Posted by: K-Nut at May 20, 2008 10:13 AM

Oh my oh my...I am trying this variation next time I want brownies. Gorgeous!

Posted by: Jessica at May 20, 2008 11:09 AM

wow, these look so decadent and delicious! good choice! :) thanks for the PB powder link too, i'd never heard of it.

Posted by: kim at May 20, 2008 11:20 AM

Peanut butter powder?? Amazing!

Posted by: rachel at May 20, 2008 11:50 AM

My husband must never find out about these. :D

Posted by: Rebecca at May 20, 2008 12:11 PM

Trile Chocolate appeals to me so much more. Never heard of peanut butter powder!

Posted by: Lemon Tartlet at May 20, 2008 12:56 PM

Out of this world!

Posted by: Christine at May 20, 2008 1:44 PM

YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Melissa at May 20, 2008 2:19 PM

Oh dang. My husband would LOVE these. He's a choco-PB freak! Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Posted by: CB at May 20, 2008 2:38 PM

Oh gosh, I just put on twenty pounds and that was just with the first picture!! MY goodness but they look wonderful!!! I am going to have to give these a go!

Posted by: Marie at May 20, 2008 2:58 PM

wow, look at that frosting!! i bet these were just delish!

Posted by: mimi at May 20, 2008 3:41 PM

OMW...these are just too beautiful to eat...picture perfect!

I have just the place for these...the next swim meet goodie splurge for the team...thanks!

Posted by: Kayte at May 20, 2008 4:09 PM

I made these too (without the PB frosting) and loved them. I use that PB powder, too but I didn't even think of it for this recipe. Good job!

Posted by: Kelly at May 20, 2008 4:12 PM

YAY another set of brownies!!! Yours are funnnn.

Don't they taste divine? Honestly...at first I was like gosh this is way too much chocolate, I can only have a bite.

Well call me choco crazed or something today because I have had like three. At least I cut the recipe into about 30 tiny brownie bites so it's not quite so bad. Or so I tell myself.

Posted by: Mara at May 20, 2008 4:34 PM

Nelson just walked over here and said, "mmmmm . . . that smells pretty good!" :)

Posted by: katherine at May 20, 2008 4:43 PM

If it's ok, I am going to steal your recipe! PB and chocolate is my favorite - what a great way to change the recipe!

Posted by: Megan at May 20, 2008 6:24 PM

Ooh delicious - I love the brownies in the shape of cupcakes. These are now on my list to make.

Posted by: Heather Peskin at May 20, 2008 7:09 PM

Ooh delicious - I love the brownies in the shape of cupcakes. These are now on my list to make.

Posted by: Heather Peskin at May 20, 2008 7:09 PM

Wow, everything about those looks fantastic! I wasn't particularly intrigued by the recipe as Dorie had written it, but your version is right up my alley!

Posted by: Tracey at May 20, 2008 8:02 PM

Yum! Those look so incredibly decadent and delicious!

Posted by: Cheryl at May 20, 2008 8:05 PM

I found about the peanut butter powder a few months ago and just love it! It's so versatile and it's also delicious all on it's own. It's really fun to play around with too.

Posted by: Dianne at May 20, 2008 8:10 PM

You can never go wrong with brownies! :)

Posted by: LyB at May 20, 2008 8:45 PM

Oh my gosh, those look amazing. Great job, and thanks for mentioning the peanut butter powder. I'll be on the lookout for it while I'm shopping.

Posted by: Michelle from Baken at May 20, 2008 10:04 PM

yum! i love what you did w/these! i really wanted to try either this recipe or the torte - well, you see what won out! but this is next on my list to try :)

Posted by: Jaime at May 20, 2008 10:10 PM

Holy Decadence, Batman! These look awesome! I love your idea of making them like cupcakes. So much easier. Great job!

Posted by: Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy at May 20, 2008 10:40 PM

Those look really tasty. These brownies are one of the recipes I missed, too, and I'm definitely going to have to make them one of these days.

Posted by: Di at May 20, 2008 11:27 PM

I love the cupcake size. And *peanut butter* frosting?!? Sounds wonderful!

Posted by: Gretchen Noelle at May 20, 2008 11:34 PM

Wow! That is one moist looking cupcake/brownie! I bet they were amazing with the pb frosting!

Posted by: Carrie at May 21, 2008 8:15 AM

Wow! That is one moist looking cupcake/brownie! I bet they were amazing with the pb frosting!

Posted by: Carrie at May 21, 2008 8:18 AM

Mmmm, yours look fantastic. I love the idea of using peanut butter frosting... A+++

Posted by: JacqueOH at May 21, 2008 8:26 AM

Oh my! How can you go wrong with PB and chocolate?! They look delicious!

Posted by: April at May 21, 2008 9:01 AM

Peanut butter and chocolate...sounds delicious.

Posted by: Shari at May 21, 2008 9:13 AM

Boy, those look so delicious I can almost smell and taste them just looking at the pictures. Great idea to go with a PB frosting!

Posted by: jj at May 21, 2008 9:16 AM

Oh my goodness! Those brownies look amazing! I think I may have to make them very soon;)

Posted by: Laura at May 21, 2008 10:13 AM

Oooh, those look so moist and inviting!

Posted by: katrina at May 21, 2008 11:51 AM

I go through stages with peanut butter and now is one of those times that I can't get enough of it! I'll definitely make these again. They are perfect to make and share. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 21, 2008 1:28 PM

I'm drooling. I love chocolate and peanut butter together. I may give that frosting a try on chocolate cup cakes. I have a bunch of that PB2 stuff since you have to buy it in 4-packs.

Posted by: Dawn at May 21, 2008 5:00 PM

I've often wondered why they don't do single jars instead of making you buy a four pack, but it's good so I didn't complain too much. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 21, 2008 7:47 PM

wow, these look awesome!

Posted by: karen at May 21, 2008 10:44 PM

Thanks!

Posted by: Dianne at May 22, 2008 2:07 PM

Those brownie/cupcakes look incredibly yummy!!

Posted by: Jayne at May 23, 2008 9:45 PM

They were really good. Next time I have to make something to take somewhere or send this is what I'm going with. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 24, 2008 10:29 AM

Well the brownies look and sound great, but as I don't like peanut butter, I can't say that appeals. Oh well, more for you!

Posted by: Jenny at May 24, 2008 9:58 PM

You could top them with just basic cream cheese frosting, or even chocolate frosting if you wanted. Or you could even just leave the frosting off all together.

Posted by: Dianne at May 26, 2008 8:57 AM

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