Sunday, August 5, 2007

Brownie Babe Of The Month

After making the Black Forrest Brownies on the last Brownie Babe of the Month. I was trying to think when I made brownies before. It had to be more than 15 years ago. They were a buttermilk brownie. I will have to find that recipe and try it again. Anyway, back to the recipe for the Brownie Babe of the Month at Once upon a tart. I took out a few cookbooks from the library. Let me see .......... 10 I see here on my desk. I found a couple brownie recipes I want to try one is Coconut - Cluster Brownies with Gnash from Brownies to die for by Bev Shaffer.

After making these brownies I felt something was missing from them. I had some gnash left over from the Potato Chip Cookies. I decided to put some of the gnash on the brownie and THAT was what they were missing!!

Coconut-Cluster Brownies With or Without Gnash

Brownies Base:
2 Cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups unbleached, all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

Coconut-cluster topping:
2 cups sweetened toasted coconut
1 cup half and half
1/4 cup superfine sugar

semi-sweet and/or milk chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 15x10x1" baking pan.

for Brownie base:
In medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, blending well.

Add flour and cocoa; mix well. Spread this mixture into prepared pan.

For Coconut-cluster topping:
Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Spread over batter. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or unti cake tester comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. (The topping should be golden). Cool pan completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.

Gnash Topping
In small saucepan melt butter and cream, when heat add chocolate remove from heat and stir until chocolate melted. Let cool. Add Gnash on top of coconut mixture.

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