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Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, chocolate | 0 comments

Three years ago, I shared my recipe for Cadbury Egg Brownies. Today we revisit that glorious recipe–and double it.

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Because it obviously didn’t deliver enough sweetness the first time around, right?

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Here’s the thing about these brownies: they taste like Cadbury Eggs, but BETTER. That’s because they aren’t as cloying sweet. The brownie layer balances things out in a magical way.

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

This is a time-consuming recipe because of the layers and the refrigeration time involved, but it’s not hard. The first stage is the only one that requires baking.

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

I will forever be amazed at how the cream filling layer turns out, too. It’s eerily like the non-runny portion of the Cadbury Egg filling. But you make it yourself. It boggles the mind.

Even better, these brownies will keep as long as a week if sealed and kept in the fridge. Trust me, there is NOTHING healthy about these. You want to make these to share with a crowd!

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

I’ve modified this a good bit, but I must give credit to the original recipe from Love and Oil. They shared something amazing.

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

These Cadbury Egg Brownies taste like the candy, but better, as the brownie base balances with the acute sweetness of the top layers. This recipe produces a full 13×9 pan of goodness; make this to share with a crowd!

  • For Brownies:
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For Cream Filling:
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons (half stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • yellow food coloring
  • For Glaze:
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (half stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes

Brownie stage

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, making sure to overlap the sides to create handles. Cover with nonstick spray.

Sift together flour, cocoa, and salt (and espresso powder, if using) in a small bowl and set aside.

Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler or in slow increments in microwave. Stir until smooth. Whisk in sugars and stir until dissolved and mixture has cooled slightly, then add eggs and vanilla extract until just combined.

Fold together the chocolate and flour mixes until just incorporated. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Cream filling stage

Beat together corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt on medium-high speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar, a little bit at a time, mixing until creamy.

Dump 3/4 of the cream mixture on top of cooled brownies and spread into an even layer. Add a drop of yellow food coloring to remaining cream mixture and stir until evenly colored. Drop dollops of yellow cream on top of white layer, and then swirl gently with a spatula. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set.

Glaze stage

Slowly melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler or microwave bowl. Stir until smooth. Pour over cream filling, carefully spreading into a thin, even layer.

Chill in the fridge long enough for the chocolate to not quite harden, 15-20 minutes, OR let it chill for several hours and then let set at room temperature for about 15 minutes. The chocolate needs to be soft enough to cut through without cracking, but not soft enough to smear with each cut.

Use the foil/paper to lift the entire block out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Using a large sharp knife, cut into 2-inch squares. Keep in sealed container in fridge; brownies will keep upward of a week.

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Bready or Not: Hunter’s Cake

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, bundt, cake, chocolate | 0 comments

It’s April. We’re overdue for a cake recipe, yes? How about some Hunter’s Cake?

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

This is a cake that’s designed for some fantasy-style questing. The crumb is tender to eat but dense, so it doesn’t crumble much.

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

There’s no frosting, no fussiness. Wrap up slices of this cake to go in a lunch box, a picnic basket, a backpack, or Hobbit’s leather pouch.

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

Use whatever kind of chocolate you want. I used milk chocolate, because that’s what I tend to keep around. Whatever kind you use, be sure to coat the chocolate chips in flour before you add them to the batter. That will prevent them from sinking.

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

This cake is perfect to eat right out of hand. No fork required.

Modified from Rescued Recipes by Jan D’Atri in the Arizona Republic.

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

This dense, pound cake-like cake is named Hunter’s Cake because it’s great to slice and pack for adventures. It doesn’t crumble much, and it’s delicious out of hand. Modified from Rescued Recipes by Jan D’Atri in the Arizona Republic.

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups flour
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips (any kind)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Grease and flour a Bundt pan, tube pan, or angel food cake pan.

In a large bowl, beat together the shortening, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add eggs one at a time until smooth, followed by most of the flour.

In a small bowl, stir together the chocolate chips and remaining flour; this is important, as it will keep the chips from sinking in the batter as it bakes.

Stir the floured chocolate and walnuts into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 55 minutes and use the toothpick test to check for doneness; bake longer if necessary. The top of the cake will be golden brown and will likely develop cracks.

Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes, then invert onto a rack to completely cool. Store covered at room temperature. Cake is great to slice and pack for adventures!

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Bready or Not: Loaded Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

Hey, it’s been a few weeks since I featured chocolate, so let’s indulge hardcore with some Loaded Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies.

Bready or Not: Loaded Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

There are a lot of similar pudding-based chocolate chip cookie recipes on food blogs. Some use terms like double, triple, or quadruple chocolate. Me, I’m calling them LOADED.

Bready or Not: Loaded Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Use whatever chocolate you want. Mix ‘n match chocolate chips. Chop up some holiday candy bars. Throw in two cup’s worth, and these cookies will be good to go. In your mouth.

Bready or Not: Loaded Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

I’ve used pudding mix in other cookies and cakes before, with reason. It creates tender, delicious dough that also keeps well. In this case, it makes fat chocolate cookies. You’ll want to squish the dough balls, because they won’t spread much when they bake.

Bready or Not: Loaded Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

The result is a cookie that will make chocoholics flail in delight. These things are thick, luscious, and, well, loaded with chocolate.

Bready or Not: Loaded Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Bready or Not: Loaded Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Load these thick cookies with whatever kinds of chocolate you want! The pudding mix causes them to bake up plump and luscious, so be sure to flatten the dough balls as you place them on the sheet. They won’t spread much.

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3.9 ounce box instant chocolate pudding (NOT Cook N' Serve or Sugar-Free)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips/chopped bars of any kind

In a bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda.

In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add the pudding mix powder.

Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. Fold in the chocolate.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and tuck into the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Use a tablespoon scoop to dollop the dough onto a cookie sheet. The cookies won’t spread much, so flatten them a bit. Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until the cookies are set. Let them settle on the cookie sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a rack to completely cool.

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Bready or Not: Chili Spice Chocolate Brownies

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, chocolate | 0 comments

This recipe, originally posted at the Holy Taco Church, adds a kick to regular ol’ brownies.

Chili Spice Chocolate Brownies

If you’ve browsed the candy aisles of late, you noticed that gourmet chocolate bars are all the rage. Take advantage of this when it comes to baked goods. Flavored chocolate adds an extra level of nuance to brownies and cookies.

Chili Spice Chocolate Brownies

For these Chili Spice Chocolate Brownies, I chopped up a combo of Green & Black Spiced Chili Chocolate and World Market’s Dark Chocolate Chipotle, but any type of amped-up chocolate will work here.

Chili Spice Chocolate Brownies

Note that I can’t handle really hot stuff–hello, burning skin and inability to breathe and feeling like a taun-taun kicked me in the intestines–but these brownies aren’t spicy in THAT way. There’s an occasional zing of chili here and there, but the main flavor is of the cinnamon and the milder chocolate.

Chili Spice Chocolate Brownies

Modified from Cinnamon-Spiced Chocolate Brownies at King Arthur Flour.

Bready or Not: Chili Spice Chocolate Brownies

Chili Spice Chocolate Brownies

These Chili Spice Brownies are modified from a King Arthur Flour recipe. Use gourmet spiced chocolate bars to create brownies with a special kick!

  • 1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups baking cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 3-ounce spiced chocolate bars, such as chipotle or chili, chopped
  • 6 ounces milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • [toggle the chocolates to be more or less spicy based on your tastes, but equal 12 ounces total]

Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and grease the surface.

In a medium-sized saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar. Stir to combine. Heat the mixture briefly, just until it's hot throughout; it'll become shiny as you stir it. Set on a cool burner or trivet.

Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth. Add the flour, again stirring until smooth. Fold in the chopped spicy chocolate and mild chocolate.

Spoon the batter into the pan, spreading it to the edges. It will be extremely thick and lava-like.

Bake the brownies for 34 to 36 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and just barely set in the center.

Remove from the oven. Allow to cool completely in the pan before cutting.

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Bready or Not: Five-Minute Spicy Mexican Fudge

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, fudge, gluten-free, no-bake dessert | Comments Off

I am here today to preach about fudge inclusiveness as I share a recipe for Five Minute Spicy Mexican Fudge.

Bready or Not: Five-Minute Spicy Mexican Fudge

I do not sneer at some fudges as being “better” or “real.” To me, it does not matter if the fudge is produced on stove top with a candy thermometer, or with a jar of marshmallow cream, or melted in the microwave.

When it comes to fudge, what matters is this:
Does the fudge taste good? Is the texture pleasing to the palate? Does it make me mutter, “Calories be darned to heck,” and reach for another piece?

Bready or Not: Five-Minute Spicy Mexican Fudge

That is the criteria by which fudge should be judged.

That said, I present to you a fudge that is zapped in the microwave and assembled all of five minutes. Let it set in the fridge for a few hours, and ta-da! You have a fudge that will keep well for days. It also holds up well at room temperature if you’re serving it at a party.

Bready or Not: Five-Minute Spicy Mexican Fudge

The Mexican spice element comes from cinnamon and cayenne pepper. I used the minimal amount of pepper, 1/8 teaspoon, which provides complexity but absolutely no discernible heat. Tweak the scorch level to your personal taste. Do, however, sprinkle coarse salt to add some lovely contrast.

Bready or Not: Five-Minute Spicy Mexican Fudge

Originally featured at the Holy Taco Church. Recipe adapted from Wine and Glue.

Bready or Not: Five-Minute Spicy Mexican Fudge

Bready or Not: Five-Minute Spicy Mexican Fudge

The fudge comes together in mere minutes in the microwave, creating dense, chocolatey fudge that lasts well at room temperature or in longer-term storage in the fridge. Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper to your preferred heat level!

  • 3 cups milk chocolate morsels (bag and a half)
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (Mexican cinnamon preferred!)
  • 1/8-3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • kosher or coarse sea salt

Line an 8 or 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Lightly grease it.

Use a microwave or sauce pan to melt together the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. If you're using the microwave, use short bursts of 20-30 seconds and stir well between each.

Once the chocolate mix is smooth, pour in the vanilla extract, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. (Note that 1/8 teaspoon provides a little flavor, not much heat, so add cayenne and taste to adjust to desired heat level.)

Immediately pour the fudge into the prepared pan. Smooth out to edges and sprinkle salt all over the top. Let set in fridge at least four hours before cutting. Keeps in covered dish in fridge for upwards of a week.

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Giftmas Bready or Not: Cake Batter White Chocolate Fudge (Microwave)

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, cake mix, chocolate, fudge, giftmas, no-bake dessert | Comments Off

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I’m offering a holiday-favorite Bready or Not recipe again to help kick off Rhonda Parrish’s Giftmas Blog Tour. Rhonda lives up in Edmonton, Alberta, and she’s hoping to raise funds for the Edmonton Food Bank. I’m all about helping to feed people! Please donate if you can. Note that funds are listed in Canadian dollars.

Rhonda is also doing a giveaway as part of the tour. She’s making a crocheted throw. The winner gets to choose the color, and she is shipping it anywhere in the world!

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Wander around to other stops on the tour over the next week. I’ll post another favorite recipe at Eileen Bell’s site on the 10th!

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This is a sweet cause, so here’s a recipe to make something especially sweet: microwave fudge that uses cake mix!

Cake Mix White Choc Fudge

Eating this fudge is like licking the paddle after mixing up cake mix batter. If you prefer savory over sweet, this recipe isn’t for you. This is for the people who love fudge and frosting and all things sweet.

Cake Mix White Choc Fudge

I didn’t limit myself to sprinkles in this. I had some Christmas candies, the type for topping cupcakes and such, that had been sealed away for a year. It had been a great post-holiday clearance buy. I wanted the containers GONE, so I pretty much dumped the contents into this fudge. That’s why you see little light bulb shaped candies in there.

Cake Mix White Choc Fudge

This is obviously a great Christmas recipe, but it’s an easy one to customize year round depending on the colors you mix in. Make fudge to support your favorite sport team, or pink and red for Valentine’s Day, or pastels for spring. Cake mix goes on sale all year round, too, making this a pretty cheap recipe to throw together.

Whatever you add in, I’m sure it will be pretty. And delicious. So very, very delicious.

Modified from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Bready or Not: Cake Batter White Chocolate Fudge (Microwave)

Cake Mix White Choc Fudge

This microwave fudge comes together in minutes and creates sweet fudge with the help of some cake mix! This isn’t a recipe to be confined to December. Add different sprinkles to make this fudge seasonally-appropriate (or sports team appropriate) all year long!

  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp white or yellow cake mix (any brand), sifted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, cut into chunks (or use unsalted and add a pinch of salt)
  • 1/4 cup milk (almond milk works)
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles/non pareils/jimmies

Line an 8×8 baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside. Measure the white chocolate chips and the sprinkles in separate dishes so they are ready to add quickly.

Mix sifted cake mix and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Add milk and butter, without stirring, and microwave for 2 minutes.

Promptly mix ingredients until the butter is fully melted and incorporated. The batter will be very thick. Fold in white chocolate. Add the sprinkles last and stir gently so they don't leak too much color.

Scoop into prepared baking pan. Level it across the top. Chill the fudge in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before cutting into small blocks.

Fudge will keep upwards of a week in the fridge, if it lasts that long.

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