I finally overcame my fear of making caramel, when I made Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream, and now I made my own caramel ice cream topping. Since then, I've made different variations of Caramel Flan and Panna Cotta.
(blog post to come)
Milky Way Bars are the candies that I would barter from my son, when he'd deposit his heavy bag of Halloween Goodies. I prefer milk chocolate, over dark, and caramel and that light creamy nougat-- I have loved them for as long as I can remember. I stumbled across a photo of Milky Way Brownie Cups, and I became obsessed with wanting to make them.
I am really excited to share this recipe with you. While the concept of the recipe isn't new (just google "Milky Way Brownie Bites), I did what the judges on American Idol often say-- "I made
them my own" by making the brownies, from scratch--thanks to King Arthur Flour If you only buy
boxed brownie mix, I can promise you that you will never do that again. This recipe is truly the best I've ever made (and I've made my fair share). The brownies bake with a fudgy center, and crispy edges. In my book, that is the "Ultimate Brownie". Best of all, they take minutes to make because you use melted butter, eggs, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder a pinch of salt-- and vanilla. You don't need a mixer, because a whisk will do the job nicely.
Mini Muffin Pan. Because I'm such a kitchen gadget Queen, I have this set of scoops-- and I use them all the time, because they are such a time saver and I can make all of my baked goods to be the same size.
The brownie bites baked in just under 15 minutes-- until a toothpick inserted left a little bit of attached crumb. Don't over bake them!
tamper, to gently press an indentation (I dampen it with water, to prevent too much sticking). I let the brownie cups to cool completely.
NOTE: The brownies were so good, that I quickly made a second batch in a regular brownie pan. Partly, because my son loved his sample, of a broken brownie cup, that I feared he'd get into the rest. You can stop right here, if you want. Trust me, you don't need any other recipe.
Philadelphia Cream Indulgence (a fairly new product). At the time I bought them, I had no idea how I would use them. Perfect!
If you think that you're clumsy with piping bags, I can assure you that they are very easy to work with. I have re-usable piping bags, but I want to show you a very easy piping bag trick. For that I'll need to use a clear bag. FOR THE RECORD: I'm still awkward and clumsy at using the folded parchment paper trick. So, you need a piping bag and coupler (inexpensive tools, that I buy at a Michael's Craft Store. Cut the tip off so that the coupler can fit just to the edge, then place the piping tip inside the bag.. Attach the "ring" on the outside and you're ready for frosting. The most common way to fill the piping bag is to fold it into a cuff, place it into a glass and fill it. Ah! Try this-- place a cup or two of frosting onto plastic wrap.
Why do it this way? When you're finished frosting, you can slide the leftover frosting right out, and your piping bag is virtually clean! Easy.
Now, for my favorite component-- caramel!
I drizzled a scant teaspoon of caramel into each brownie cup.
I had 30 brownie cups. I filled 27 of them with caramel. Three of these were "test brownies" I can assure you that they were delicious. (So can my son.)
At last, my favorite part. Piping frosting. I find it fun and therapeutic. Really! Here we go...
I got the hang of it. Love that caramel, that's oozing over the edges.
I got so carried away, that the doorbell rang, and our Super Bowl guests had arrived.
I quickly ushered "Donna" to try one of these. Once I saw her eyes roll into the back of her head, I knew I had scored a touchdown. My son, declined trying a sample because he says "he's not that fond of caramel". Fine. Be that way.
As we watched the Ravens do their magic in the first half-- and the Infamous Power Failure lasted the 34 minutes, the men noshed on Chili and other snacks. Then, as the second half of the game turned into a nail biter, (we) 49-er Fans gained hope for a victory. That's just about when one of the "men" popped one of these in their mouth. I heard a very distinct, "wow, these are really good! While the 49'ers didn't win, I'd say that these desserts turned out to be a great consolation
TASTING NOTES: The brownies are so good, just by themselves, and I plan to make these as my "go to" recipe. Of course, the caramel and cream cheese frosting makes these taste like a Milky Way Bar...if not just a bit better. These are, indeed, very rich. I ate two, and I had a chocolate overdose. Chocolate-Caramel lovers, this dessert is for you! Oh, my son (who says he doesn't care for caramel), says these are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Can you see Mama smiling now?
I have to credit Inside BruCrew Life, for inspiring me to make this recipe. Here's the recipe (underneath my signature):