one of the things my mother baked regularly was brownies. excellent brownies. i don't think i realized how excellent they were until i left home.
a few days ago i found myself writing down a brownie recipe from a new-to-me blog.
what attracted me to this recipe was that i had seen the same Bobby Flay Throwdown episode several years ago that the cook spoke about and i had also found myself inspired by the show--at the time, within minutes of the show ending, it sent me off in a googling frenzy looking for a similar recipe that i could duplicate.
these brownies are really nice. lovely in fact. super rich. somewhat decadent.
i followed the recipe exactly except i melted some butter, measured out a 1/2 cup (in place of the 1/2 cup of oil) and let it cool slightly before adding it to the eggs (be sure + measure your melted butter. if you decide to go that route).
i whipped up a batch of my mom's chocolate icing. then i went searching for a goat cheese icing recipe and found a goat cheese/cream cheese combo--heavenly.
i used an oversize rosette piping tip, then slightly pushed down before lifting up the piping bag to give it sort off a squished ruffly look (official technical term).
goat + cream cheese icing recipe from here (i omitted the orange zest this go round, but would definitely add it when using for a future recipe)
These brownies are a variation on the popular 90's chocolate cream cheese brownies. they have a nice tanginess to them + if you want to put them over the top i highly recommened frosting them with a full layer of chocolate icing with rosettes of goat cream cheese icing (+ omit the sprinkling of sea salt).
1. find a small container or dish that has a solid rectangular bottom or end
2. take your round cupcake liner + place on top. try and center it for best results.
3. push the liner down over the rectangle shape + using your finger follow around the edges to lightly crease it + then smooth it downward loosely molding it around the shape of the object--but not so much that you remove the fluted indentations.
[of course you can make square or oval shapes as well using other objects]
taking a few seconds to do this makes it so much easier than trying to squish a square or rectangle shaped baked good into a round baking liner
if you are making up a special "snack" box for a wedding these work great for creating sections for all of the little bits and pieces---crackers, nuts, chocolates.
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