French Chocolate Brownies
Today we were out and about, even managed a trip in past a book shop. I came away with one book – the Pret ‘ Food On The Move’ cookbook by Jane Lunzer Gifford. I’m really pleased with it. I like to cook dinner and I love to bake and make sweet things, but my problem meal is often lunch, I just lack gusto when it comes to sandwiches and lunch-y salads. So this sounds like a good book for me, and upon having a look through there are lots of good things in there. My other new book this week was Giada De Laurentiis’s Everyday Pasta, which I have had on per-order for months. I am a big fan of Giada and her new book didn’t disappoint me, lots of pasta, but also sides for pasta too – I have cooked three recipes from it in four days! More on this later though, I am wandering off here…
I had planned to make caramel peanut topped brownie cake today the picture in the book is fabulous, and I had wanted to do the brownie base in the morning and the topping early afternoon. However, the trip into town meant that I just wouldn’t have time to cook and cool the cake, so I chose another recipe this aftenroon from the same book when we got home - the French Chocolate Brownies from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours.
They are a chocolate cake that Dorie created in her kitchen in France, but are now known as her French Chocolate Brownies after her guests reactions. I managed to make them and served them warm and squidgy (after cooling a little bit) from the oven with whipped cream. They were gorgeous! There was no vanilla added to the mixture, but instead a little cinnamon and rum scented raisins. Cinnamon rum and raisin brownies, need I say more?! I sometimes think that plain brownies are not quite what I’m looking for in a plated dessert (more with tea or coffee), but these were very special. Mmmm!