It has been a while since I last blogged and I have missed it! Even without the blogging, I have still done a bunch of baking in the meantime that I want to write about. I took a class this semester and baked something for my classmates once a week. This amounted to a bunch of successful and not so successful experiments, but I will only write about the highlights:
1) Top on the list were Paula Deen's pumpkin squares with cream cheese frosting. The consistency was somewhere between a bar cookie and a dense, moist cake and the flavor was spicy and pumpkiny (is that a real word?) with the salty sweet cream cheese frosting as the perfect topper. yum. (this recipe can be found at foodtv.com)
2) Chocolate caramel brownies came in just behind the pumpkin bars only because it is a recipe that I have baked up often. It comes from my granny (and recently I found a similar recipe on the jumbo bag of nestle choc. chips). If you love caramel, and I do, this is the BEST recipe and super easy. All it takes is a box of german chocolate cake mix, evaporated milk, a bag of caramel squares, some melted butter, and some choc. chips. The bar is half brownie, half caramel bar, and completely delicious.
3) The last two recipes come from my new favorite baking book, Chocolate, Chocolate, by Lisa Yockelson. One was a chocolate chunk cookie, which was soft and and buttery and full of bittersweet chocolate chunks. As you chop up the block of bittersweet chocolate into chunks, you also get a lot of chocolate shavings which create a beautiful marbelized effect in the cookie dough when it's baked. The other recipe was the chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. Because of the addition of the oatmeal, this was a much more of a chewy, stick to your ribs type of cookie. Both cookies would definitely satisfy any chocolate sweet tooth.
You can download my PDF version of the Caramel Chocolate Brownie recipe here