Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Truffle Brownies~That Skinny Chick Can Bake

It's Wednesday so we have a another guest blogger. And this next gal is absolutely lovely. And you probably might've guessed from her blog title, she's skinny.
But she is so much more than that.
She is an amazing Mom, a loving wife, and a heckuva a baker (and cook!), a chocoholic and one of the sweetest and kindest folks I have meet since I began blogging.

Please meet Lizzy. She writes for her food blog, That Skinny Chick Can Bake.
Lizzy does her best to introduce new and exciting culinary creations to her family. 
She tries very hard to get her Oreo cookie-loving family to appreciate some more grown-up treats, like Marquise on Meringue or Pots de Creme

But she'll tell you that when she has done a bit too much experimental baking that her family will usually end up asking for more simpler (and just as yummy!) treats like Gooey Double Chocolate Cookies or her Better than Twix Bars.

And that is what is great about Lizzy's blog. She has everything from the simplest of recipes that even a novice baker can make all the way up to meals and desserts for the more advance cook. There is something for everyone! 

And she is sharing one of her favorite chocolate-y treats with us today. 
 This is one of those desserts that will look like you slaved away all day!
 It is elegant looking but easy to put together.
Lizzy has the recipes that make you look like a Goddess (or God) in the kitchen.
 Such a great dessert for the family or if you want to impress some guests. 

So everyone, please give a warm welcome to Lizzy!
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Brandie is one of those gals you like instantly...and even though we've only chatted on-line, she's a dear blogger friend.  I was so touched when she asked me to be one of her guest bloggers.  As a fellow chocoholic, she even mentioned that I could share a chocolate recipe...no arm twisting needed!

I chose to remake a brownie recipe from my blog's early days...back then, I was thrilled to get even one comment.  I also took lots of flash photos in my dark kitchen...so this was an excellent opportunity to improve upon a blog post featuring a well loved dessert.

I have altered these from my original recipe, baking in an 8 inch cake pan versus a 9 inch.  I prefer a thicker brownie, but if you don't own an 8 inch pan, a 9 inch will do...just decrease the baking time to about 15 minutes.  These rich brownies remind me of a flourless chocolate cake...wonderfully dense with a silky smooth, ganache glaze.  Fellow chocolate fanatics, you will adore this one~

I served this with fresh berries, but for company, I'd dust with powdered sugar and offer a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or sweetened whipped cream. Thanks so much, Brandie!!! I loved being a Country Cook today~

Truffle Brownies...adapted from a Dan Smith and Stew McDonagh recipe


2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup flour



Ganache:

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup heavy cream



Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Beat eggs and salt together with hand held electric mixer till frothy. Add sugar and beat till thick and pale yellow, 2 to 3 minutes. Add vanilla and beat till combined.



Microwave butter and chocolate for about a minute. Stir and microwave in 15-30 second increments till chocolate is melted and smooth. With mixer running, slowly add melted chocolate to egg mixture. Add flour and beat till just incorporated, less than a minute. Scrape down sides as necessary.



Grease 8 inch cake pan. Line with parchment and grease top of parchment. Bake 20 minutes till the center is barely set. Remove from oven and cool on rack. Make ganache.



Melt chocolate chips and cream in microwave, about one minute on high. Stir till smooth and chips are completely melted. Pour on cooled brownies. Let chill in fridge.


Before serving, place brownies in the freezer for at least 30 minutes for easier cutting. Let slices come to room temperature before serving.
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Alright, has everyone picked their jaws up off the floor?
Now, I implore you all to go to your kitchens and make this now. 
If not for your family, then for yourself! You owe it to you!

Huge thank you to Lizzy for sharing this recipe and her gorgeous photos.
I'm so thankful she agreed to share one of her favorites with all of us.

Please take some time to visit Lizzy's BLOG and say hello.
And if you like, you can also hang out with her on FACEBOOK!

Enjoy!

25 comments:

Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

Great guest post! I love Lizzy's blog.

Upon first seeing this I thought it was going to be a flourless chocolate cake. In actuality, I think this would be even better and definitely easier to make! It looks so decadent!

Lizzy said...

Oh, gosh, Brandie...you are SO sweet. I think I'll print off your intro and read it if I ever need an ego boost...you're too kind. Thanks for the opportunity to share on your blog...it's an honor, my friend. xoxo

Annie, thank you!!! I'm feeling the love <3

southernlady64 said...

This looks absolutely wonderful and I am going to try it. Just mention chocolate and I will pop right up! I don't know how she stays so thin though. Love the facebook page, too. Great post.

Pretend Chef said...

I am a FOLLOWER of Lizzy's blog and get my daily sugar high. Love it! This looks and sounds wonderful. I would love to give this a try sometime. Yummy!

Candace said...

I am such a chocoholic and this is exactly what I needed this morning. Yum! I can't even imagine how wonderful this tastes. Thanks Lizzy and thanks Brandie! I look forward to giving this recipe a test in my own kitchen. Have a great Wednesday!

Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

Oh man I would have such a difficult time eating only once piece of this. I would need to get it out of the house fast! Yum! ♥- K

Becky said...

Lizzy,
These Truffle Brownies are amazing with all that chocolate, and then put ganache on top:) Great guest post. I like the touch of berries in the gorgeous pic.

Brandie, Hats off to two of my favorite bloggers, and another wonderful guest blog.

The Country Cook said...

Thank you for all your comments everyone! I just love reading what everyone has to say. These look so good, don't they? Thank you again to Lizzy for sharing these with us!!

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Now how is that...2 of my favorite blogs together! :)

mama's Gotta Bake said...

That looks amazing, and I bet it's not fattening either. Can't wait to give it a try!

Erin said...

Love Lizzy! Great post, and these brownies look amazing! Lizzy always has the best desserts!

carolinaheartstrings said...

Great post. Enjoyed meeting a new blogger. The recipe just looks fantastic!

Lizzy said...

It was my pleasure, Brandie! Thank you, everyone for all your kindness :)

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

What a fabulous looking dessert! Truffles and brownies are definitely two of my favorite things :) Thanks for sharing, ladies.

The Farmers Wife said...

Wowee... LOVE THIS POST!!! First off Bran, you are awesome for sharing all these great bloggers with us! And Lizzy... Oh my word! Those look positively amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Lizzy and Brandie, you two did a wonderful post together. Lizzy always has something delicious on her blog and it's very nice of you Brandie that you invited her so more people will notice her beautiful blog! Great job!

Rosemary said...

The recipe looks great, Lizzy! Any version of brownie is a hit here. (Have you tried making Oreo truffles? SO easy.) I'm making this soon. Brandie, thanks for sharing.
P.S. Liz, I'm having difficulty posting a comment directly on your blog for some weird reason. Cna't figure.

Chef Dennis said...

what a delicious chocolate treat to share with us today!! I love Liz and her blog, she always comes up with so many wonderful creations!
Thanks for having her here today!
Dennis

Kate said...

Liz is amazing - as are you, Brandie! The truffle brownies look totally decadent. Makes me wish I really craved desserts...

Annie @ From the Bookshelf said...

Beautiful job, Lizzie! Fabulous guest blogger, Brandie!

Muriel Miller said...

Wow this looks so good! And not fair to be able to bake such wonderful things like these brownies and be THAT SKINNY!!!! Great job Lizzy!

Kim - Liv Life said...

Oh, Lizzy and Brandie, what a wonderful treat!! Chocolate, Truffle, Brownie and the fruit... can't go wrong!! Lizzy that photo of you is gorgeous, love those heels!!
This recipe is a true keeper, I can't see it lasting long with my family.

Bev said...

oh yum, that looks so easy but it is has a beautiful presentation.

Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

Wow.... wow wow wow! Mouth is watering!

Janice said...

Wowsers! This puts my brownie recipe to shame. Another item to add to my list of recipes to try!