Friday, March 22, 2013

Transform Pesach brownies into… something else

brownies (2)If your family is sick of Pesach brownies, or never liked them in the first place, or you’re looking for something a little shmancier, why not turn regular brownies into… well, this little compact-brownie terrine-thing that I don’t have a name for? 

(If after reading this post you know what it’s called, please leave a comment letting me know!)

It reminds me of those 5-layer Pesach bar cakes that you can buy for ridiculous prices in stores… only much, much cheaper.

I use two cast-iron loaf pans, which is nice because they’re heavy, thick and sturdy, but I imagine any two pans the same size will work.  (cast iron is also nice because it kashers for Pesach nice n’ easy when I self-clean the oven…).

This is not so much a recipe as a technique I hope will inspire you to great heights of deliciousness.

  • You may want to line your loaf pan with plastic wrap before you begin for ease of removal.  I forgot – doh!
  • Bake two square pans of Pesach brownies (recipe below, or Ester has a good one at her Frugal and Kosher blog).
  • brownies (6)Cut brownies in half and place one half in the bottom of the loaf pan. 
  • Brownies may crumble; that’s okay.  Just spread the pieces out evenly and squish any crumbles in to fill the cracks.  It’s okay if it looks a bit messy; it will hold together after hours of compaction.  (is that a real word???)
  • Sprinkle brownie layer with kosher l’Pesach liqueur.  Any flavour you like will probably work – I used chocolate.
  • brownies (7)Top with another brownie half.
  • Spread with melted seedless jam – I like raspberry.
  • Top with another brownie half and top that with liqueur one more time.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and add second pan.  Weight it down and leave it for several hours (or overnight?).
  • Remove from pan if it comes out easily – if it doesn’t, leave it in the pan and slice/serve it from there.
  • When it’s done, you can melt chocolate and spread a hard coating on the outside to make it more like the cakes you buy in the store.

brownies (4)   

Brownies Recipe (copied & pasted from this thread)

These are fudgy and gooey in the middle and always a big hit. You can never have enough. They are best served with vanilla ice cream.

1 cup oil

4 eggs

2 cups sugar (I used 1 3/4)

1/2 cup potato starch

1 teaspoon vanilla (don’t have vanilla yet – drat)

1 cup cocoa

1 bag (2 cups) chocolate chips (I used only 1/2 cup)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and pour into a 9-inch round or square baking pan. Bake for about 30 to 45 minutes – until top is cracked.

Okay – you’ve read the recipe.  What would you call this dessert????

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