Tuesday, February 16, 2010

TWD: My Best Chocolate Chip (Chunk) Cookies

Yep they're flat....but I expected it.

After reading all of the comments I knew going in that the final result would more than likely be a flat cookie. Flat is not my favorite kind of chocolate chip cookie. I prefer fat and cakey...but I'm always up for something new.

Kait of Kait's Plate chose these chocolate chip (chunk) cookies for TWD this week.

I chopped the chocolate instead of using chocolate chips. This may be my new preferred way to add chocolate to a cookie. I used part of a big bar of bittersweet chocolate from Trader Joe's and that was a lot of chocolate to add to the batter. The good thing about chopping your own...the big chunks that were just a little too big for the cookie...got eaten with raw cookie dough attached...Yum.

I did add 1/4 extra flour to the dry stuff and also added 1 1/2 TBSP. of espresso powder with the vanilla. After scooping the dough onto the silpat, I froze the sheet for about 30 minutes before baking. I think that might have helped a little with the spreading.

These cookies are really good....but I still prefer this one. Simply because it's fat and cakey. My preference.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

TWD: Rick Katz's Brownies for Julia

This week's TWD was chosen by none other than Tanya of Chocolatechic. Of course she would choose something gooey, chocolately, fudgey and all together yum!

After reading the reviews I was very very careful to cover page 90 so that I wouldn't follow those instructions by mistake. :)

The one thing I did forget was to include the chopped bittersweet chocolate in the melting step along with the unsweetened chocolate. I was getting ready to add the beaten eggs and sugar to the chocolate mixture when I saw the bittersweet chocolate staring at me from the scale.

I melted it separately and added it to the already melted chocolate....I don't think it made a difference.

I poured all of the batter into a foil lined 9 x 13 pan and baked the pan for 15 more minutes than Dorie recommended.

After the brownies cooled I chucked them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. They were super easy to lift out of the pan and cut while cold.

These might be the best brownies I have ever made. I think this is the first time I have made them when the edges weren't burnt and the middle left gooey. They were so good. I even tasted a hint of salty chocolate.

Definitely a keeper.

Don't forget to check here for the other variations....some bakers preferred to leave them gooey...not that there's anything wrong with that. :)

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

TWD: (Dark) Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes

Eating mini's of anything makes the world seem right.

This week's TWD was chosen by Kristin of I'm Right About Everything. She chose the Milk Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes which is listed on pages 188 and 189 of Dorie's fabulous book.

I switched it up a bit by using 70% dark chocolate bars in place of the milk chocolate. If I'm going to have chocolate...I'd better be able to taste it! I'd read that these were subtle with the milk chocolate and I just couldn't have subtle. I also used buttermilk in place of regular milk as suggested in the "playing around" section of the recipe.

I didn't have a mini bundt pan but I did have a Cupcake Bundt Pan from Nordic Ware. This had 12 wells and the amount of batter in this recipe was perfect.

I also switched up my swirl....half had mini chocolate chips and the other half had toasted coconut in the middle.

After reading about all of the problems with the glaze...I was clenching my teeth as I was stirring the corn syrup into the melted chocolate. I only used half the amount of corn syrup and the glaze turned out perfectly smooth.

Dusted with powdered sugar...these are the perfect nighttime snack. Not super chocolatey...just enough to get your fix.

And they're minis....so go ahead and have two.

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