Chocolate Malt Brownies With Bananas & Caramel

Chocolate Malt Brownies With Bananas & Caramel

Spoil Dad with these rich chocolate malt brownies topped with chocolate ganache and bananas sautéed in caramel sauce. They’re the perfect dessert for showing your love on Father’s Day!

For the Brownies
INGREDIENTS
½ cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus more for pan
Cocoa powder, for the pan
5 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup malted-milk powder
1 teaspoon expresso powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup dark chocolate chips
¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg, plus one large egg yolk
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Butter and lightly flour with cocoa powder a rectangular 8-cakelet pan and set aside.
In a heatproof bowl, combine the chocolate and butter, then set over simmering water. Whisk until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, malted-milk powder, expresso powder, salt, and chocolate chips; set aside. Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the sugar and eggs in the mixer bowl until thickened and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Add melted chocolate mixture and vanilla; mix to combine, about 30 seconds more. Fold in the flour mixture until just combined.
Evenly add the batter into the prepared pan, filling each opening 2/3-3/4 full. Spread the top of each brownie evenly. Depending on the size of the pan, you should get 7-8 brownies out of the batter. Place in the oven and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs on it, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for ten minutes or so, then carefully remove and transfer the brownies to a wire rack to cool.
Make the topping while they cool.

For the Topping
INGREDIENTS
6 oz. semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
¾ cup heavy cream

INSTRUCTIONS
Add the chocolate to a bowl. Bring the cream to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat stirring occasionally. Pour over the bowl of chopped chocolate, let the chocolate mixture stand for 1 minute; then stir until smooth.
Let the ganache set for 20 minutes, then pour evenly over the brownies. Let the brownies cool until the ganache is set, at least 1 ½ hours.

To Serve
INGREDIENTS
4 small bananas
1/2 cup caramel sauce, homemade or high-quality

INSTRUCTIONS
Slice the bananas, then split by slicing each piece in half again down through the banana length wise. Add the caramel sauce to a sauté pan over medium heat, cook until melted.
Add the bananas and cook until just starting to soften. Place the brownies on a plate, then top with a banana slice on each brownie. Drizzle over the caramel sauce left in the pan and serve immediately. Makes 7-8 servings.

Memorial Day Sous Vide Fruit Cups

Memorial Day Sous Vide Fruit Cups

A tasty treat for all, celebrate Memorial Day with these sous vide fruit cups. Fresh fruit and a cookie-like pecan crunchy top plus whipped cream make a fun dessert you can assemble right at the table.

For the fruit:
INGREDIENTS
2 cups ripe strawberries, stemmed, washed, and quartered
2 cups fresh blueberries, stemmed and washed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Juice of 1 lemon

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the sous vide circulator to 180˚F.
Put the berries into a large bowl add the sugar and lemon juice and then toss gently to coat.
Add to a vacuum bag and seal. Submerge the pouch in the water bath and cook for about 30 minutes.
Cool completely and then refrigerate until ready to use. When ready, cut the pouch open and gently pour into a bowl.

For the cookie crumble
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 ounces unsalted butter
1 cup whole pecans, some broken

INSTRUCTIONS
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, dark brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour mixture until small clumps form and all the butter is absorbed. Add the pecans and stir in. Pour onto a parchment lined baking tray and cool.

To Serve:
INGREDIENTS
Whipped cream
Holiday sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS
Divide the fruit evenly in six bowls. Divide evenly the cookie crumble and sprinkle over the fruit. Top with whipped cream and holiday sprinkles. Serve immediately

Lemon Cheesecake Birds’ Nests

Lemon Cheesecake Birds’ Nests

These cute individual trifles are perfect for your upcoming holiday dessert. We used cinnamon and sugar phyllo dough strips for the “nest” and Williams-Sonoma seasonal candy eggs over a lemon cheesecake filling with a shortbread cookie base. Need to cut some time? Simply use high-quality store-purchased shortbread cookies instead of baking your own.

Phyllo Dough Nest
INGREDIENTS:
6 sheets of phyllo dough
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter

INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet tray. Cut 6 sheets of phyllo dough in half to make 12 shorter sheets. Roll together tightly and very thinly slice into long thin pieces then transfer to a baking sheet carefully separating the layers.
Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle with butter, then with cinnamon sugar. Bake until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and cool completely. Best used on the day they are made, but you can store in an air-tight container overnight. Re-crisp if needed in the oven for on 300˚F for 10 minutes, cool to room temp before using.

Shortbread Crumbs
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more for the pan
½ cup plus two tablespoons granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon vanilla
6 glass serving cups

INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Butter an 8×8” pan. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes. Fold in flour and vanilla and blend until a soft dough forms. Press into the 8” x 8” pan and bake until light brown, about 40 minutes; remove and cool completely. Crumble then divide equally among the cups and press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the cups. Or store in an air tight container over night and add the cups when ready to use.

Lemon Cream Cheese Layers
INGREDIENTS:
8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
¾ cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
2½ cups cold heavy cream
1 cup homemade or store-bought lemon curd

INSTRUCTIONS:
Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat mascarpone, powdered sugar, and lemon zest in a large bowl until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the cream. When combined, increase the speed to medium and beat until medium peaks form.
Transfer half of mascarpone mixture to another bowl. Add the lemon curd to the remaining half and beat in until combined.
Dividing the mixtures evenly, layer the lemon curd mixture over the shortbread crumbs in each cup followed by the plain mascarpone /cream mixture. Smooth the top, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least two hours and up until 24.

When ready to serve
INGREDIENTS:
Candy bird eggs

INSTRUCTIONS:
Form a nest in the top of each cup using the shorter pieces of cinnamon phyllo in the center and longer on the outside. Add the candy eggs into the center of the nest and serve immediately.

Ginger Raisin Cookies

Ginger Raisin Cookies

Nothing smells better during the holidays then ginger cookies baking in the oven. So, get your
holiday baking going with these delicious rum raisin and candied ginger favorites.

INGREDIENTS
½ cup raisins
½ cup dark rum
2 ¼ cups White Lily flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp kosher salt
1 cup Dark Muscovado sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup molasses
1 large egg
1-1/2 cups chopped crystallized ginger
turbinado sugar for rolling

INSTRUCTIONS
Place the raisins and rumin a sauce pan on the stove top and over medium heat to a simmer.
Remove from the heat and set aside so the raisins can soak up the rum for about 15 minutes.
Drain off any remaining rum.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and salt
together. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the dark muscovado sugar, oil and molasses on
medium for about 5 minutes. Add the egg and beat for another minute. Scrape the bowl, beat
again for another minute and turn the mixer to low. Add the dry ingredients slowly, then
increase the speed to medium and mix until everything is well combined about 2 minutes. Stir
in the crystallized ginger and the rum soaked raisins. Place in the refrigerator and chill for 24-36
hours.

Heat the oven to 350˚F. Scoop the dough into a 1-1/2 inch balls and roll in turbinado sugar. Place on the parchment covered baking sheet about 3 inches apart and bake for 13-15 minutes.

Cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes and then cool completely on a rack. Store in
an air tight container.

Candy Corn and Cashew Popcorn Balls

Candy Corn and Cashew Popcorn Balls

A delicious combination of sweet, salty, nutty, and crunchy in one easy to make treat. These seasonal popcorn balls are a perfect snack for celebrating Halloween. 

¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, plus more for buttering hands
1 package miniature marshmallows (10 ounces)
¼ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
12 cups popped popcorn, we use Skinny Pop Popcorn
½  cup candy corn
½ cup salted roasted cashews
½ cup Halloween caviar sprinkles, spread out on a plate

Melt the butter in a large heavy pot over low heat. Add marshmallows and brown sugar and stir until completely melted and combined. Add the popcorn, candy corn, and cashews into a large bowl, mix well. Remove the marshmallow mixture from the heat and pour over the popcorn mixture and toss well to combine. With buttered hands, shape into 2 ½ inch balls and then immediately roll in Halloween caviar sprinkles. Set on parchment lined baking sheet to dry slightly, then serve.

Valentine Brownies with Cream Cheese Icing

Valentine Brownies with Cream Cheese Icing

These bright red Valentine Brownies are a delicious fudgy treat for your loved one! Colored to match the holiday with a crunchy exterior, they’re a rich chocolaty brownie topped with a smooth cream cheese icing and shards of white chocolate. 

INGREDIENTS
¾  cup butter, plus more for the pan
4-oz. high-quality dark chocolate such as Guittard
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1-oz. bottle red liquid food coloring, we used McCormick
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon expresso powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

Topping (below)
cream cheese icing
white chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°. Using butter, lightly grease two 12 cavity nonstick brownie bar pan.

In a bowl set over simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter whisking until smooth. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until light in color Slowly, a small amount at a time, temper the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Whisk in the red food coloring and the vanilla extract. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, expresso powder and salt. Add to the chocolate mixture and combine well. Add to the prepared pan.

Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack for ten minutes, then remove the individual brownies from the pan to a wire rack and cool completely for about an hour.

 

Cream Cheese Icing
INGREDIENTS
8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS
Using a stand or hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla beating until blended. Add the icing to a piping bag and pipe a small amount of icing on top of each brownie. Top with shards* of white chocolate.

*using a vegetable peeler with a bar of white chocolate, peel off thin pieces of chocolate.