April 21, 2007

Lots of Great Things Start with B- Bacon, Bananas, Brownies, Brilynn...

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Myriam of Once Upon A Tart is hosting a new event called Browniebabe of the Month. I had to participate because who doesn’t love brownies? Note- if you don’t love brownies, I don’t want to hear about it because that’s just not right. It’s almost as sacrilegious as saying fried bologna tastes like bacon, (yes, I actually heard someone say that). Brownies or blondies, nuts or fruit or chocolate chips, no matter what you put in your brownies, they’re all good. I have to like a more dense brownie, but if you like a cakey brownie, that’s alright too. I was surprised at the consistency of my ‘naner brownies. It definitely wasn’t cakey, but it wasn’t fudgy either. It was some sort of hybrid of the two. Is it possible for a brownie to be dense and light at the same time? If so, these are it. They’d probably be even better if you topped them with banana or chocolate ice cream and some hot fudge sauce. But that could be said about most desserts. I added cacao nibs to these ones and I think it was a pretty good decision. It also makes means they’re much more portable than ice cream topped brownies, but still special.

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Banana Brownies (Adapted from Chocolatier magazine, Spring 2007)

¼ cup butter

4 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

2 large bananas, mashed

¾ cup quinoa flour

1/8 cup cacao nibs

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8 inch square pan and line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl set over simmering water, melt butter with chocolate. Set aside to cool slightly when combined.

In another bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together until combined. Stir in mashed bananas and vanilla.

Stir in butter and chocolate.

Fold in flour until just incorporated. Add cacao nibs and mix in lightly.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes. Centre should be very moist but not runny.

Transfer hot pan to refrigerator and chill for 1 hour. Return to room temp before dusting with icing sugar and cutting into squares and serving.

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Lydia said...

There is no such thing as a bad brownie! Banana brownies are a first for me, though -- will definitely have to try this recipe.

Meeta said...

One more that starts with B - Brilliant!
All I can say is Brilliant Brownies Brilynn!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Right on Meeta...
Brilliant Brownies Brilynn!

Kristen said...

You never cease to amaze me. Yummy!

Anh said...

I need a rush of chocolate in my system right now, after seeing your brownie! :D

K & S said...

ooh, portable banana splits! love it!

Cheryl said...

Never thought of bananas and brownies. Looks so good. I saw a thing about a bacon of the month club the other day and you were the first person I thought of.

Anne said...

these are yummy brownies... my kind of thing :)

Anonymous said...

Banana Brownies! How perfect is that, two of my favorite things to bake with in one delicious creation!

And what about people who don't like chocolate? In the past few months I have met 3 people who hate chocolate and I never know what to say. I just go silent and try to stop myself from backing away slowly... because obviously they are crazy.

Ari (Baking and Books)

Freya and Paul said...

I'm glad to see that you're really utilising the cacao nibs! You've inspired me to go and buy another bagful (I ate the rest. Straight from the bag).

Lis said...

Marry me?

Helene said...

never thought of bananas in brownies but that makes a lot of yummy sense! They are definitely going into my "to try" list.
Hey Lis, you cheater!

joey said...

Banana brownies? How could it be that I only now hear about this??? YUM!

(somebody said fried bologna tastes like bacon?!?!)

Patricia Scarpin said...

It just gets better and better - now I want some banana brownies pretty bad, Brillyn! :)

I'll give you some in Portuguese:

bonita (beautiful) and bacana (nice)!

veron said...

I love brownies, never had bananas in them though. Very interesting! So did it taste like chocolate brownies with a banana flavor or did it taste more like banana bread with chocolate...do I even make sense =)?!

gilly said...

Hi Bri! These banana brownies sounds amazing! I need to get my mitts on some cocoa nibs - I keeps hearing great things about them!

valentina said...

You have got some of my fav ingredients here !! that's torture. Now i have to give this recipe a go too.The love handles are jsut piling up.

Chef Jules said...

Brownie Babe sounds like much fun! I have yet to meet with a Brownie I did not like. I'm going to give your recipe a whirl and try to be a Babe of The Brownies myself! Thank You!

Susan said...

Bananas make brownies even better! Yum!

Alicia said...

I'm allergic to bananas.
Only mildly, so naturally it doesn't stop me from eating them/ (If you haven't noticed, I was born without willpower. It's a handicap, really!)
I'm always looking for things I can toss some squishy brown 'nanners into. Brownies sound perfect! I can't eat them plain, my tongue goes numb. =P
Now, most importantly: you saved me a squidgy middle one, right?

Virtual Frolic said...

WOW - what perfect timing! I was wondering what to make with my super ripe bananas and I'm always happy to make brownies! These look terrific - can't wait to try them!

ejm said...

Oooh, cool idea to use bananas as an extra sweetener! Of course, I would put chocolate icing on these... brownies cry out for plenty of chocolate icing.

(Cacao nibs? are those basically chocolate chips?)


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