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Friday, 21 December 2012

Christmas Menu: Dessert - Browned Butter Brownies with Baileys

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I called these the 4B Brownies because there are 4 Bs in the description - Browned Butter Brownies with Baileys.  If you love brownies that are super fudgey and moist, then you are gonna SWOON over these babies.  They are superb!



 
 

I have always liked the recipes from bon appetit - the recipes vetted by their test kitchen are usually very reliable, right down to the dot.  This recipe is no different.  The first time I made them, I was quite uncertain as I have never made brownies before.  The instructions were also not specifically clear (for a noob baker like me lah!), but they turned out so good!  Subsequently I made some adjustments purely based on taste preferences and also because I just wanted to experiment a little. 

This brownie derives its fabulous flavour from the browned butter bits.  Don't just settled for melted butter.  The browned bits give the brownies a rich, nutty flavour and a wonderful caramelised backnote. 

For this Christmas version, I thought adding a bit of booze will jazz it up nicely :P Baileys is one of my favourite; I have two bottles at home - the Creme Caramel and the Mint Chocolate.  No prizes for guessing that Creme Caramel would be perfect for this.  I didn't add a lot as my son will also be eating this, but if you are making this purely for adults, then feel free to be generous!


 
 
The recipe also calls for a fair bit of beating - lots of good arm workout.  Don't take the easy way out and use handbeaters ;P  One less utensil to wash too.
 


Browned Butter Brownies with Baileys
Adapted from bon appetit "Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter"

  • 10 tbspn salted butter (140g)
  • 1 C heaped granulated sugar
  • 3/4 C unsweetened, good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Baileys
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, straight from the fridge
  • 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1 C chopped walnut





Step-by-step instructions and photos as follow:

1.  Line a 8x8x2inc baking pan with aluminium foil, leaving a 4 cm overhang on the sides.  Grease the foil. 

2.  Cut up the butter into roughly 2cm pieces and melt over the lowest heat.  Use a heavy based, stainless steel saucepan, preferably at least 20cm in diameter (you want some space to do the beating without any splatter)




3.  Grip the handle of the saucepan and gently swirl the melting butter every few seconds.  Let the butter simmer and foam for a few minutes.



4.  After a few minutes, you will notice that the furious foaming will start to subside and the colour will seem to lighten.   



5.  But wait, the browning has started!



6.  Don't forget to keep swirling! The browning will continue to spread.




7.  Scoop aside the top layer of foam and the melted butter mixture has completely turned a dark golden brown.




8.  Stir the bottom with a large metal spoon and there will be those precious browned bits.



9.  This is what you want to see. 




10.  Remove from heat and immediately add the sugar, cocoa, vanilla, Baileys, water and salt.  Stir briskly for 1 minute, the mixture will turn lumpy.  Leave to cool for 2 min.  At this juncture, preheat your oven to 170celcius.




11.  Add the eggs to the hot mixture, 1 egg at a time, beating vigorously with each addition.  The mixture will turn thick, smooth and glossy.  Add the flour, stir to blend, then beat vigorously for at least 60 - 70 strokes.




12.  Stir in the nuts and pour into the baking pan.



13.  Bake for 20-25 min until a skewer comes out almost clean, with some tiny clumps clinging to it.




14.  Remove from the oven, and rest the pan on a rack for about 15min.  Lift up the aluminium foil and take out the slab of brownie and rest it on the rack for at least 2.5 hours.  After this point, it is ready for serving.  Or else keep it chilled in the fridge for another 2 hours before cutting. 




Serve this with vanilla icecream or yogurt.

 

These make for lovely Christmas gifts to family and friends - edible too!




I also made some small cards to go with the brownies as a Christmas present.









Finally, make sure you get a big endorsement from the
most important food critic in the household ;)

 
 
Next week I will be on a week's blogging break - our family will be away for a short holiday.  I would like to wish all my blogger friends and readers Happy Holidays and Blessed Christmas!  Thankyou for all your encouraging feedback and comments - truly appreciated :)  
 
 
Here's signing off for 2012 and see you in January 2013! 

35 comments:

  1. The 4 Bs sure look super delicious....no wonder of all the photos, I love the last one!! Happy holidays...and Merry Christmas to you

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    1. Haha thanks Mel :) Hope you had a great Christmas with your family.

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  2. Esther, that's a very interesting brownie recipe. Your brownies do look all moist and fudgy. I would love to have them with vanilla ice cream :) And here's wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks PH! Belated Christmas to you and family, and happy new year!

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  3. Oh, gosh, you sold me with the 4 B's!!! I love fudgy brownies and these look moist and wonderful! Merry Christmas, Esther!

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  4. These rich brownies are indeed superb with the 4 Bs!

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  5. Hi Esther, brownies are my favourite. Very nice, I'm sure. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family. Enjoy this festive time.

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  6. Browned butter brownies sound greatttttt! Merry Christmas to you and your family, Esther :)

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    1. hahah i like the multiple ttttts! Thanks Yen!

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  7. Hi Esther, the brownies look great and i really admire blogger friends who take effort extra effort to take step by step pictures, you gals are great! Have a great holiday, I just got back from mine in Spain :) Here's wishing you an family a blessed Christmas too!

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    1. wow Spain!! Hola! Do post some photos on your blog for us to admire ;) I would love to have the opportunity to travel to Europe one day.

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  8. Hi Esther, thanks for the tutorial on browned butter, these brownies looked really delicious! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Happy holidays!

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    1. Hi Jasline, happy new year to you and your family too.

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  9. hi esther, i've never done anything with browned butter..i think!! appreciate your step by step. Merry christmas to you, enjoy your holidays!! see you again in 2013!

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    1. Hi Lena, yea, see you next year, maybe CNY !

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  10. Hi Esther, delicious brownies. Thanks for the step by step photos. Your mini card look cute and nice.

    Wishing you and family a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday.

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    1. Thanks Amelia! Hope you had a great Christmas with your family too.

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  11. Hi Esther! Dropping by to wish you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a fruitful 2013 year ahead!

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    1. Thanks Alvin! Hope you had a hot and happening Christmas down under! Love those melbourne shots.

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  12. sound so delicious! Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year 2013.

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    1. Thanks Sonia! Happy New Year to you and your family too.

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  13. Hi Esther, such lovely brownies! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Mich! Belated Christmas and Happy New Year to you too.

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  14. Season's Greetings to you and yours. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday. If I am to guess from the look of these dreamy brownies I would say that you are.

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    1. Yes we most certainly are, Wizzy! Happy New Year to you :)

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  15. Hi Esther! It's me again!

    Congratulations - Your blog has been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award! You truly deserve the recognition and I look forward to reading more interesting posts from you in the coming new year!

    http://chefandsommelier.blogspot.com/2012/12/liebster-blog-award.html

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    1. OHHH thanks Alvin! my first award haaha. Appreciate your thoughtfulness. Now i have to work harder next year ;))

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  16. Esther, another great brownie recipe is always welcome. Happy New Year to you and family. Have a lovely holiday and be safe. Hugs.

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    1. Thanks Veron! Your christmas family gathering looked like so much fun :) Happy New Year to you too and catch up next year :)

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  17. Esther , even the thought of brown butter makes me salivate ! lol With Bailey's ?! Ahhh ! That's one of my fave add-ins in my bakes and ice cream :D That cute thumbs up has convinced me that these brownies are utterly delectable :D

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  18. Ah, another Bailey's fan :)) yea, adding it to the brownies give it a bit more kick heehee!

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  19. The food you made seems delicious, it is also a very great Christmas Gifts to friends and families.

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