It made sense at the time when I decided to make only half the recipe. As I ate another piece just now, this time it was a cold one from the fridge with a deliciously dense and fudge-like texture, I'm left wondering what I was thinking.
I pushed the nuts into half of the pan and swirled them around the batter using my magic little finger (it was clean) :o)
|The Magic Finger|
|The nutty one is for hubby|
|The nut-less one is mine.|
The brownie batter came together quickly. I made it by hand. Brownies are great, but I find that if you use a mixture of granulated and brown sugar, they're even better. So that's what I did here too (50-50). Reading up on my notes in the Barcelona Brownies blog post, I found out that I used bread flour back then without any issues, so I did the same here.
Call me nutty (or just OCD), but I didn't like the idea of having bits of cream cheese show in the batter or the baked product. So, I brought my cream cheese to room temp using my microwave. Then I whisked it really well. Adding the cream cheese to the brownie batter would have been a pain because the consistency of the two are so different. Instead, I employed a technique used in making custard. I added a little bit of the brownie batter to the cream cheese and whisked it until completely smooth, and no bits of cream cheese were remaining.
|Brownie batter on the left (thick), and batter + cream cheese on the right (runny)|
Then I added it back to the rest of the brownie batter and mixed everything well. Since the flour hasn't been added to the batter yet at this point, there's no need to worry about overworking the gluten and getting tough brownies.
After a 30-35 min bake in the oven, they were ready.
|Yummy thick brownies!|
|A little chocolate drizzle|
|Voila! Toasted pecans are peeking through|
|Doesn't that look amazingly dense, moist and fudgy? Bon Appetit!|
- Hubby loved these brownies, although he still found them a bit on the chocolatey side. The fact that he asked me why I gave him such a small piece (because that's all he wanted), tells me that he really liked them. He gave them an 8.5 out of 10 rating. That's pretty impressive given how chocolatey these brownies are.
- I loved loved loved these. They're so rich, moist, chocolatey and satisfying. They have a dense and fudge-like texture and they melt in your mouth at the same time.
- Instead of using the recommended 60+% chocolate, I used good-quality fair trade Dutch chocolate, Verkade Puur, which worked perfectly.
- My changes to the Brownie Batter recipe:
- Used 50% granulated sugar and 50% dark brown sugar.
- Substituted the AP flour with bread flour by weight.
- Caramel frosting:
- 5.5. oz Kraft caramel bits (half a bag)
- 1.5 Tbsp milk
- Heat in microwave at 30% power in 30 second increments.
- Don't forget to check out the other Alpha Bakers' brownie adventure.