Of her three current cookbooks this massive volume is probably my favorite. Not only are there a huge variety of recipes but the layout is just so fun. Instead of being divided by type of recipe the chapters for each book are divided by holiday. I love the idea of having a holiday themed meal without it being a big deal. And of course you can use any of the recipes whenever you want like these Dulce de Leche Brownies from the Cinco de Mayo chapter. I'm definitely glad I didn't wait until May to make these!
Dulce de Leche Brownies5 1 ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 a 14 ounce can dulce de leche
Preheat the oven to 325. Generously spray an 8 inch square baking pan or an 8 x 10 inch baking pan with nonstick baking spray.
Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and nuke it in about 45 second intervals, stirring each time, until it's completely melted. Set it aside to cook for 20 minutes or so.
Add the butter and the sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream them together until they're light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition.
With the mixer on low, slowly drizzle in the chocolate until it's all combined.
Add the flour and the vanilla and mix until is all combined, scraping the sides of the bowl halfway through.
Spread the batter into the greased pan.
Open the can of dulce de leche and place half of it in a glass bowl. Warm it in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, just to make it a little more stirrable.
Drop large dollops of dulce de leche on the surface of the batter. Then use a knife to slowly swirl it through the brownie batter. Don't drag the knife sideways through the batter; hold it so the thin side of the knife leads the way.
Bake the brownies for 45 to 50 minutes or until the center is almost totally set.
Let cool before slicing.
Changes I Made: I added more dulce de leche but other than that followed the recipe exactly.
Changes I'll Make Next Time: I used the 8" square but next time I'll use a bigger pan as these were a little to thick.
Results: As embarrassing as it is to admit I've always preferred brownies from a mix but these were SOO good. They're rich and chocolate-y and the dulce de leche is a fantastic addition. My only problem is that these were really thick and were so rich and chocolate-y it was almost too much.
I'm linking up with Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads