Truffle Brownies {Bake!}

The Bake! group is back in business after taking a break during August to catch up on missed recipes or just enjoy the final days of summer. Our first September recipe, chosen by Glennis, is Truffle Brownies. According to Nick Malgieri, these brownies derive their name from the fact that they are “almost as rich as chocolate truffles”.

Photograph “courtesy” of Margaret at http://www.teaandscones.wordpress.com

I had a computer breakdown last week and lost my photos of this recipe, so I borrowed the picture above from my friend Margaret’s blog.

 
The recipe for these brownies was fairly straightforward. It called for a lot of butter, brown sugar, and bittersweet chocolate, with just enough flour to hold it together. Nick wasn’t exaggerating about the flavor, either. They really did remind me of truffles.
 
These were by far the best brownies I’ve ever made, and probably the best I’ve ever tasted. The outside had just a bit of crunch to it, but the centers remained rich and gooey. These brownies would satisfy fudgy and cakelike brownie lovers alike.
 
The recipe says to cut the brownies the day after baking them, but we had a houseful of adolescent and teenage boys when I made these, so there was no chance of that happening. They were excellent shortly after baking. I can’t imagine them being better the next day (although I will definitely try them again to find out).
 
The Bake! bakers are a casual group of friends who make about two recipes per month from Nick’s book. Our Facebook page lists the upcoming recipes. Feel free to join in if you have the book!
 
Next up: Lattice-topped Apple Tart, chosen by Kayte.
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Apple Tart with Lattice Crust {Bake!}

A small group of us have been working our way through Nick Malgieri’s Bake! at the slow steady pace of a few recipes per month. We took August off to catch up on any recipes we might have missed, or to get ahead on the next section. We started up again in September with Truffle Brownies, a great way to start, if you ask me.

This was the second recipe for September, chosen for us by Kayte. Yes, I said September. I actually made this recipe on time, I just didn’t get around to posting it until now. A month to catch up, and I’m already behind.

This was a fairly straightforward recipe. It’s basically an apple pie baked in a tart shell with a lattice crust.

The lattice topping is brushed with egg wash and sprinkled with sugar.

I had some filling leftover, so I baked it in a gratin dish with the extra crust from the lattice.

 This was a good pie, nothing extraordinary. Probably not one I’ll make again. But then, I have a lot of great apple pie, tart, and cake recipes to choose from.