Sunday, July 18, 2010
Chocolate Pecan Brownies & Sour Cherry and Almond Biscotti
I was craving chocolate when I noticed that Tiffany of A Spoonful of Laughter And A Heap of Love had chosen chocolate walnut brownies for this week's Sweet Melissa Sundays.
M. was working away on his laptop when I called out "Walnuts or pecans in the brownies?" I already knew the answer but occasionally he'll surprise me. This week, it was the predictable choice of pecans for our brownies.
The recipe is a little different than the brownie recipes I usually make. Melt chocolate and butter - check. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla until pale yellow - what? I knew this would make the brownies more light and caky than dense and chewy. Knowing they would tend to be cakier than we like, I set the timer for 40 minutes, the low end of the time range. Melissa's recipes and my oven seem not to be calibrated, so I checked the brownies after 37 minutes. Yikes! The top was dull and they had pulled away from the pan. I yanked them out of the oven and hoped for the best.
Unfortunately, they were a bit drier than we like. They lasted 4 days, an eternity for a brownie in this house, and the extra days didn't make them any moister. The chocolate flavor wasn't as prominent as we like. Although I enjoyed making these and was intrigued by Melissa's technique, these won't be a repeat around here. Sorry, Tiffany!
Check out how the other SMS bakers fared with their brownies. You can find them here.
I also made last week's Sour Cherry & Almond Biscotti. I made them last Sunday, in plenty of time to post, but was struck by a wave of laziness so I never completed the post. I didn't mound my dough up enough and they ended up too brown for my liking, but the flavors were great. I especially liked how the recipe has you reconstitute the dried sour cherries by boiling them in orange juice. That kept them from being hard, chewy nuggets in the biscotti. These biscotti were chosen for Tracey of Made by Tray Tray. Thanks, Tracey! We both ate these for breakfast (I know, I know) on more than one morning.