Tuesday, July 27, 2010

{twd} chewy chunky blondies



I apologize for the quality of the photo, but I was in a bit of a time crunch when it was taken. You see, I packed up all of these Chewy, Chunky Blondies, this week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe, and brought them into work with me today. Every last one. I didn't leave even a crumb at home for myself. And it wasn't until I was halfway down the hall to our staff meeting, blondie-stuffed Tupperware in hand, that I realized I'd neglected to take a blog photo. So, like any good food blogger, I sprinted back to my office for a stealth photo shoot before distributing these blondies to my coworkers.

Why did they all have to go to the office? And why the rush once they got there? Well I knew that once these blondies went up for grabs, they would be gone for good. Because they are so rich, so buttery and so delicious, that once you try one, it becomes almost impossible to resist their siren song. Don't believe me? After tasting a bite straight out of the oven, I actually had to hide these blondies from myself to ensure I didn't eat the whole pan (no small feat when you live in a studio apartment). My coworkers were similarly smitten with these chocolate, toffee and coconut studded bars. So smitten that one coworker who shall remain nameless actually ate four of them during the course of our 40 minute meeting. A big thanks to Nicole of Cookies on Friday for choosing this recipe and keeping my reputation at work intact. You can find the recipe for the blondies here or on page 109 of Dorie's book.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

{twd} brrr-ownies


Do you know what this is? It's me posting a Tuesdays With Dorie recipe. On a Tuesday. That's right--I'm finally settled into my (temporary) new job and ready to return to my regularly scheduled baking and blogging. And if that baking and blogging includes more recipes like these Brrr-ownies, I'll be a very happy girl indeed.

These brownies are rich, decadent, and so fudgy that upon taking his first bite, one of my new co-workers looked up at me and asked, "are these brownies or are they fudge?" Lest you think that was a complaint, I'll have you know that when he stopped by my office later that afternoon and I launched into an update on one of our client's cases, he looked at me blankly and said "I'm just here for another brownie." Believe me, I understood. Because the beauty of these brownies is that they are saved from being overwhelmingly rich by the addition of bright refreshing peppermint pieces. I used York Peppermint Patty Pieces, which, lo and behold, the tiny grocery store below my apartment had next to the register. (Side note: these things are delicious and totally addicting. They're basically mint m&ms). The end result? A perfect brownie. A brownie that led said coworker to tell me, just before I left tonight, that if I happen to make any mistakes tomorrow, I could fix them by baking these again.

Thanks to Karen of Welcome to Our Crazy Blessed Life for choosing this recipe, and for totally getting me on the good side of my new co-workers. You can find the recipe on her blog here.