Brownie Babe of the Month...

Chocolate Brownies. Possibly the most perfect of all the ways to indulge in Theobroma Cacao. The chocolate hit in a well made brownie is so strong it can feel like you’ve just downed three double espressos in less than 10 seconds flat.
And there’s the non-prep side of things. It takes no time at all to whip up a batch of brownies and even less time to devour them. The only difficult part is melting the chocolate...and how difficult is that?
Of course, there is a down side to such a simply wonderful cake. Brownies don’t really look like much other than brown, heavy, stodgy bits of brick. But think again! There lies within a simple, evil genius. People unfamiliar with the Brownie may overlook it once, but once bitten, never again shy.
Myriam at Once Upon a Tart has decided to tap into the part of us all that adores Brownies with a new event called Brownie Babe of the Month. This is one event I couldn't pass up on.
The characteristics of the brownie, whether it’s chocolate or otherwise (blondies also exist and are just as yummy) is that moist, almost undercooked middle that takes very little time to get used to. This is where I always have problems. 9 of my brownies out of 10 are nearly always under or over cooked. I adore that squidgy middle so much that I have strong reservations about leaving them in the oven for the stated time in the recipe. I decided to make Malteser Brownies and the recipe I used was adapted from the Green and Blacks Chocolate Cookbook, Celebration Brownies.
For the American readers among us, you will probably know Maltesers as Whoppers or Malted Milk Balls. As per the recipe, I removed them from the oven once the top had started to crack and it had that pale, sugary crust. I plunged a toothpick into the brownie and it came out slightly goopy but it seemed OK. I triumphantly removed the tin from the oven marvelling at the nobbly top caused by the Maltesers that had bobbed to the surface seeking escape from their chocolatey doom.
The lure of the brownies didn’t call until much later after we had eaten dinner and then, Southern Comfort munchies kicking in, everyone suddenly remembered that, yes, we had dessert waiting for human consumption. I raced to the kitchen and eagerly cut into them...only to find lots of chocolately ooze all over the knife. They were undercooked and not just Brownie undercooked but spilling out of the tin and onto the work surface overcooked. The resemblance to chocolate milk was startling.

Half an hour later we sat down to hot brownies which had to be impatiently scooped from the tin and shovelled into mouths. Of course, they were still delicious despite the initial disaster. The Maltesers had melted but were chewy and crunchy all at the same time.
I haven't published the recipe here but if you want to produce a rough approximation of it, simply use your favourite chocolate brownie recipe but, before you pour your chocolate mixture into the brownie pan, place a layer of Maltesers (or Malted Milk Balls) in the bottom of your pan first. What is great about this is if you don't like Maltesers you can use any miniature chocolate bars (for example Hersheys Kisses or maybe small Peanut Butter Cups or even Reeses Pieces would be great) instead. Perfect for any celebration or for eating at any time of the day!

And onto other blogging news...Writing at the Kitchen Table has been nominated for Best Food Blog as part of the Bloggers Choice Awards 2007, so if you feel that our little blog is worthy, click on the button below and make yourself heard!

And if the lure of the chocolate brownies ahead isn't motivation enough, think of what I went through with the pigs head just to share the experience with you all!

17 comments:

valentinA said...

Yummy choc brownies Freya! with the Maltesers, it does sound heavenly...
Congrats for being nominated as well!:)

Ulrike said...

I know what Maltesers are ;-), if you omit the s you get this. I didn't like it as a child, I think I like it in brownies!

Still pimping my spargel ;-)

Cheryl said...

Brownies are never boring, they are never too mushy for me. You have me craving chocolate now.

mooncrazy said...

Good luck on the nomination! Anything with chocolate can be poured over ice cream if it doesn't turn out. I like the little bumps in the crust, looks like the tortoise.

sher said...

Oh my heavens! That picture woke me up. I'll have two brownies with a tall glass of milk. And the malt balls idea is brilliant.

Kelly-Jane said...

We all love browines too :) I might have to enter this one as well, sounds like a great monthly thing to do!

Congratulations on your nomination, well deserved IMHO.

KJxx

wheresmymind said...

That turtle is too cute!

Margaret said...

Brownies and Maltezers! Loads of calories in the Brownies, and so they tell us, not too many calories in the Maltezers. So its OK then. Did you steal a few
Maltezers before adding them to the cake mix? I bet you did!!

Kathryn said...

Brownie babe! Cool. Looks good. I love Maltesers!

I tried to vote for you but couldn't find you - maybe I'm being thick! Congrats though and if I find you I'll vote for you - you deserve a victory with that scary pig head and all!

Katie said...

Malteasors sound good - but Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - Now, that's chocolate heaven good.
You might even inspire me to actually do some baking.
I guess the idea of putting things in Brownies is still alive and well.... ;)

Little Foodie said...

Just started reading your blog after receiving your big grin inducing comment (big thank you). Your blog though has me running scared. It's very cool and very yummy - possibly dangerously so... hide the scales. Thanks again

Anonymous said...

I agree with Katie that Reese's Peanut butter cups could be extremely tasty in brownies. Looks as if we will have to bring some peanut butter cups the next time we visit England. I know your mother would love brownies with peanut butter cups. I do like the idea of malt balls also and will hope to try it some day.
Mom on the other side of the ocean.

Lis said...

Ohh those sound incredibly good!! I'd never think to line the bottom of the pan with malted milk balls.. I can't wait to try!! hehee

xoxo

T.W. Barritt said...

Malted Milk Balls in Brownies??? That is beyond Evil Genius -- it is diabolically delicious!

Kristen said...

Oh delicious!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I don't think I've ever had a brownie I didn't like. Because I like em real gooy and not so gooy and pretty much any gooy! Brownies aren't really about looks so much as the chocolate goo for me. I think I'd have loved these.

Maria said...

Good lookin' brownies! Fresh hot brownies are quite tasty- nice recovery on your gooey 'chocolate milk'.