Wednesday, September 7, 2011

pretzel bottomed brownies

You know how some recipes just kinda reach out and grab ya?  Yeah, that's what happened when I saw this recipe.  It got me spinnin' round and round.



Here we got a pretzel bottom crust and then the brownie layer with chocolate chips and butterscotch chips mixed in.

 The salty and sweet combination is just so delicious.  And addicting.

cake batter cashew butter

So I had never heard of cashew butter before I found this recipe. Cake batter?  Yes, I've heard of that one.  But cashew butter, no.  However, I suppose there is almond and peanut butter so how should cashew butter be any different?

It really isn't, folks.  And this recipe uses almond and vanilla extract to give it a cake batter-y aroma.

So away I went, mashin' up cashews in the food processor.  So word of the wise: use a real sized food processor, as in not a mini one, like I did.  You will burn out your mini food processor.  Like I did.

Once the cashews are ground up and smooth-ish (I had to add a tablespoon or two of olive oil to smooth it out), add your vanilla and almond extracts.  Another word of the wise, do not add the sprinkles in WITH the extracts.  Or else your sprinks will start to melt away, like you can see in the bottom picture.  Whoops.  So I just added extra sprinkles to compensate for my losses :)

End result: delicious cashew butter.  I'll have to admit, it's a big different taste than peanut butter, and for some reason, I was not expecting that.  I've just eaten it as a dip for pretzels, but I'm sure it'd be great on a sandwich!

baking with janine

 I'm going to start calling my friends "from my nutrition program" "my dietitian friends" :)  'Cause you know, we're soon to be young professionals taking the world by storm with our vast knowledge of food and the body.

Young dietitian professionals who.....ermm.....bake obscene desserts in their spare time.

 And devour them with gusto.

Okay, so what was in these puppies?  The kitchen sink?  The world?  Everything your heart could desire?  Yes, yes, and yes.

But hopefully it won't give you a heart attack.

These guys were chocolate cupcakes with chocolate chunks filled with ganache, frosted with peanut butter frosting, drizzled with ganache, and topped with a brownie chunk.


I already feel my glucose levels rising.  But they sure were delicious :)