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June 3, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie: French Chocolate Brownies With A Twist...There's Always A Twist!

Tuesdays With Dorie: French Chocolate Brownies

It's Tuesday! So you know what that means...Tuesdays with Dorie! This week's recipe was French Chocolate Brownies and was chosen by Di of Di's Kitchen Notebook! I have to say I feel an affinity for Di every time I see her name. My friends call me Di too, but that's neither here nor there! ;o)

Where was I? Oh yes...Chocolate Brownies! What else do you need to say? I mean seriously...What's better than an ooey, chocolately, fudgy brownie? Not much in my opinion and these brownies are all of that! They are just delicious!

Tuesdays with Dorie: French Chocolate Brownies: Ready to Eat

Of course I tweaked this recipe a bit...I mean you know me and tweaking. When I read the recipe I thought that raisins were a little weird, but then I started thinking about a Cadbury Fruit and Nut bar and well I love those things so it started making a little more sense! Then I thought well if it's got raisins, then why not just throw in some almonds too and then they will be just like the Fruit and Nut bars! So that's just what I did and I must say I really LOVED the result!

I sent the majority of these to work with Jamison, but I kept a couple for Alexis and I. On the one that I ate I added some of the left over cream cheese frosting from last week's sticky buns. I mean why not take it and kick it up another notch? I don't think I've found anything that didn't taste better with a little cream cheese frosting. ;o)

Tuesdays with Dorie: French Chocolate Brownies: Kicked Up A Notch

As I mentioned above these brownies were lovely inside and out. They were very chocolately and they had a very nice crumb. I ended up using 7 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate instead of 6 ounces of bittersweet chocolate and I would have used milk chocolate, but I was out. I've told you all my theory on cinnamon and chocolate before so we won't dwell, but needless to say that didn't make the cut. I melted my chocolate in the microwave as well instead of bothering with the whole double boiler thing.

Tuesdays with Dorie: French Chocolate Brownies: The Inside

I skipped the cooking of the raisins and the rum. Simply not my thing, though I do enjoy the flaming part. I added 1 cup of raisins and 1 cup of whole raw almonds instead of just 1/3 cup of raisins. I also baked them as individual cupcakes to make them easier for Jamison to take and share. I ended up with 26 cupcake brownies and it took them about 18 minutes to bake.

So there you have it...My tweaked brownies. Did I mention these were heavenly chocolate? ;oP

Be sure and stop over at the Tuesdays With Dorie blog and take the links to see how everyone else's brownies turned out!

What You'll Need:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/3 cup raisins, dark or golden
1 1/2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 tablespoons dark rum
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons; 6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into 12 pieces
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar

Getting ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 300°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, butter the foil, place the pan on a baking sheet, and set aside.

Whisk together the flour, salt and cinnamon, if you're using it.

Put the raisins in a small saucepan with the water, bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until the water almost evaporates. Add the rum, let it warm for about 30 seconds, turn off the heat, stand back and ignite the rum. Allow the flames to die down, and set the raisins aside until needed.

Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Slowly and gently melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and add the butter, stirring so that it melts. It's important that the chocolate and butter not get very hot. However, if the butter is not melting, you can put the bowl back over the still-hot water for a minute. If you've got a couple of little bits of unmelted butter, leave them—it's better to have a few bits than to overheat the whole. Set the chocolate aside for the moment.

Working with a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until they are thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Lower the mixer speed and pour in the chocolate-butter, mixing only until it is incorporated—you'll have a thick, creamy batter. Add the dry ingredients and mix at low speed for about 30 seconds—the dry ingredients won't be completely incorporated and that's fine. Finish folding in the dry ingredients by hand with a rubber spatula, then fold in the raisins along with any liquid remaining in the pan.

Scrape the batter into the pan and bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until the top is dry and crackled and a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and allow the brownies to cool to warm or room temperature.

Tuesdays with Dorie: French Chocolate Brownies: Baked

Carefully lift the brownies out of the pan, using the foil edges as handles, and transfer to a cutting board. With a long-bladed knife, cut the brownies into 16 squares, each roughly 2 inches on a side, taking care not to cut through the foil.

Serving: The brownies are good just warm or at room temperature; they're even fine cold. I like these with a little something on top or alongside—good go-alongs are whipped crème fraiche or whipped cream, ice cream or chocolate sauce or even all three!

Storing: Wrapped well, these can be kept at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months.

Tuesdays with Dorie: French Chocolate Brownies: Kicked Up A Notch

Posted by Dianne at June 3, 2008 7:04 AM

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Comments

I really like how you made this into a cupcake version. I am not a brownie fan, but these look too good not to try.

Posted by: Kim at June 3, 2008 7:45 AM

Cream cheese frosting makes the world go 'round. Almonds sound like a tasty addition.

Posted by: Caitlin at June 3, 2008 8:50 AM

They look so cute all snug in their cups--and frosting might have made me like them more! Isn't it nice to have such useful leftovers?

Posted by: Bumblebutton at June 3, 2008 8:51 AM

I love the little muffin cups and frosting! Awesome job!

Posted by: Chelle at June 3, 2008 9:05 AM

Oh, your little brownie cups are soooo cute!!! Well done! They look like they're wearing little night caps!

Posted by: Marie at June 3, 2008 10:04 AM

Adorable brownie cupcakes! I bet they were fantastic with cream cheese frosting.

Posted by: Karina at June 3, 2008 10:19 AM

Yummm! You always make such tasty twists! Great job!

Posted by: Heather B at June 3, 2008 10:47 AM

Great idea with the cupcakes - makes 'em bigger! I thought they sounded like candybars too, but wasn't sure about the nuts - glad to know it's yummy!

Posted by: Susan at June 3, 2008 10:54 AM

They look wonderful, even better with the cream cheese frosting!

Posted by: April at June 3, 2008 11:16 AM

Absolute decadence with the addition of the cream cheese frosting! As always, beautiful photos!

Posted by: Linda at June 3, 2008 11:19 AM

these look delicious!!!!! I love the cream cheese frosting addition--why didn't I think of that?!

Great job!

Posted by: Melissa at June 3, 2008 12:11 PM

Okay, I'm officially hungry now. Great photos!

Posted by: Karen at June 3, 2008 12:11 PM

these look delicious!!!!! I love the cream cheese frosting addition--why didn't I think of that?!

Great job!

Posted by: Melissa at June 3, 2008 12:12 PM

I love your little brownie cupcakes. What a great idea for a way to share them. And the cream cheese frosting...yummy!

Posted by: Amy P at June 3, 2008 12:50 PM

Oh my! I have an affinity to any dessert baked in a cupcake liner! Love me some cream cheese frosting! Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Posted by: CB at June 3, 2008 12:54 PM

Oh my! I have an affinity to any dessert baked in a cupcake liner! Love me some cream cheese frosting! Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Posted by: CB at June 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Why don't I make all my brownies in cupcake form? They look great!

Posted by: Jessica at June 3, 2008 1:10 PM

Thanks everyone! It's been another busy Tuesday and I haven't had a chance to make it around to everyone's blogs yet. Next Tuesday is Alexis' last dance/gymnastics class until Fall so perhaps things will slow down a bit... ;o)

I'll be cruising down the TWD blogroll this evening.

Posted by: Dianne at June 3, 2008 3:48 PM

I am new to your site, but absolutely LOVE it! May I ask what kind of camera you have? The food looks even more delicious because of that awesome camera! The pictures alone make me drool before I even read the recipes.

Posted by: Jennifer at June 3, 2008 4:10 PM

That cream cheese frosted brownie is making me drool!

Posted by: Mari at June 3, 2008 4:59 PM

Brownies with cream cheese frosting? Nom nom nom!

Posted by: Rebecca at June 3, 2008 5:37 PM

Brownies with cream cheese frosting? Nom nom nom!

Posted by: Rebecca at June 3, 2008 5:39 PM

frosting on brownies? Hmmm perfectly decadent!

Posted by: Lori at June 3, 2008 6:03 PM

Cream cheese...yum! Love the cupcake brownies they are perfect!

Posted by: Christine at June 3, 2008 6:04 PM

I love all your changes and the cream cheese frosting sounds perfect for these!

Posted by: Gretchen Noelle at June 3, 2008 6:12 PM

Umm, Cadbury's Fruit and Nut Bar. Wow, I haven't had one of those in a few years. Now that I think about it, raisins and nuts together would have been a GREAT idea. Wish I'd thought of it!!

Posted by: Megan at June 3, 2008 6:38 PM

Ohhh, brownie cupcakes were a great idea!

Posted by: Melissa at June 3, 2008 6:44 PM

Okay, I have to make several comments... First, I have those same cupcake liners--very cute. Second, I absolutely love the photos with the cream cheese frosting. Last, and I'm kind of afraid to say this one... I started going by Di in college. Why? Because my name is Diana, and I was tired of people calling me Diane. Not that it's a bad name, just not my name. And my maiden name is McMahon (like Ed from The Tonight Show). Diane McMahon. Which rhymes. *sigh*

Posted by: Di at June 3, 2008 7:31 PM

Okay, I have to make several comments... First, I have those same cupcake liners--very cute. Second, I absolutely love the photos with the cream cheese frosting. Last, and I'm kind of afraid to say this one... I started going by Di in college. Why? Because my name is Diana, and I was tired of people calling me Diane. Not that it's a bad name, just not my name. =) And my maiden name is McMahon (like Ed from The Tonight Show). Diane McMahon. Which rhymes. *sigh*

Posted by: Di at June 3, 2008 7:32 PM

Love your "twists" as these look really festive for gatherings. Thanks for all your lovely ideas...I am guilty of theft.

Posted by: Kayte at June 3, 2008 7:49 PM

I use a Digital SLR. It's a Canon D20. I've had it for several years and love it, though I have been eying the newer Canon Digital SLRs as of late. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at June 3, 2008 8:40 PM

ah-ha! i've found it - CB left a comment on my blog that i knew what meant for someone else...with cupcakes and frosting. i've found it - it's your blog! :) your cuppies are adorable, great adaptation!

Posted by: Jaime at June 3, 2008 8:55 PM

sorry for the typo.... "that I knew WAS meant" (not "what meant")

Posted by: Jaime at June 3, 2008 8:56 PM

The thought of cream cheese frosting on top makes me weak in the knees.

Posted by: rainbowbrown at June 3, 2008 9:32 PM

You win with the frosting. Everybody else needs to bow to you now.

Posted by: Lemon Tartlet at June 3, 2008 10:10 PM

A fruit and nut brownie... I love it. And it's the perfect application for the leftover cream cheese frosting. Great job!

Posted by: Dolores at June 3, 2008 10:59 PM

Adorable. Really.

Posted by: Carrie at June 4, 2008 8:58 AM

I like the single serving dessert idea. It's easier to share with others and less tempting for me for some reason. :)

Posted by: Dianne at June 4, 2008 11:51 AM

I LOVE cream cheese frosting! I'll bet the almonds were great too!

Posted by: Holly at June 4, 2008 1:25 PM

Yum! These look great! I love Cadbury fruit and nut bars, too!

Posted by: Susan at June 4, 2008 5:43 PM

The almonds really gave them a great element.

I really love the Cadbury bars! I had forgotten how much until I stumbled across them again last year.

Posted by: Dianne at June 4, 2008 7:41 PM

I love cream cheese icing, and on chocolate would be amazing!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Posted by: Shari at June 4, 2008 9:04 PM

It was very good. I highly recommend it!

Posted by: Dianne at June 4, 2008 10:05 PM

Beautiful looking brownie cupcakes, great work

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Posted by: Ulrike at June 5, 2008 8:37 AM

Thanks!

Posted by: Dianne at June 5, 2008 1:33 PM

Sorry I'm so late!
Those brownies do look good, with such a generous amount of frosting. You are a froster after my own heart!

Posted by: Jenny at June 11, 2008 8:58 PM

I'm all bout the icing! I could eat it by itself! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at June 11, 2008 9:38 PM

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