Lovely bars this week!
Happy Sunday, bakers! Post your links for these classic Baked bars here. Did you follow the recipe, or go rogue?
Next up, more chocolate – but in drinkable form. This one isn’t for the kiddos since it’s got a splash of amaretto in it – but you could always leave it out. Posting date is February 11!
Also note that we’re making vanilla marshmallows after this, so if you like marshmallows in your hot chocolate, you might want to tackle both at once.
- 2 ounces good-quality milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 5 ounces good-quality dark chocolate
- (60 to 72% cacao), coarsely chopped
- ½ cup boiling water
- ¾ cup whole milk
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur
- Simple Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream (page 103), optional
- Crushed amaretti cookies, optional
- Put the chocolates in a small heatproof bowl.
- Pour the boiling water over the chocolate, and make sure most of the chocolate is submerged. Let the chocolate sit for 1 minute, then whisk until smooth. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, bring the milk, cream, and maple syrup just to a simmer. Pour the chocolate mixture into the milk mixture and whisk until combined. Turn the heat up to medium and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is just about to boil. Add the amaretto, stir one more time, and ladle into two mugs. Top with whipped cream and crushed amaretti cookies, if desired, and serve immediately.
There’s a lot of chocolate in this roundup – and the cookies get a big thumbs-up! Plus, check out the banana espresso chocolate chip muffins our rogue Little Baker Bunny whipped up!
Leave your links here for these chocolate-y cherry cookies!
Fire up your ovens, bakers, let’s make some cookies! Posting date is January 28.
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 16 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72% cacao), coarsely chopped
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 large eggs
- 1¼ cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup (6 ounces) white chocolate chips
- 1 cup (6 ounces) dried cherries
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a large nonreactive metal bowl, combine the dark chocolate and butter. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs and sugars on high speed until the mixture is pale and thick, about 5 minutes.
- Add the cooled chocolate mixture and the vanilla and beat until just combined. Scrape down the bowl and beat again for 10 seconds.
- Add the flour mixture and mix on low until just combined, about 10 seconds. Do not overmix.
- Using a spatula or wooden spoon, fold in the chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and dried cherries. The dough will look very loose, but it will harden in the refrigerator. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time, until the tops of the cookies are set and begin to show a few cracks. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before removing from the pans and serving.
Everything is better with butterscotch….
Lets see how those tarts turned out – links here!
Posting date for these possibly boozy tarts is January 14!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- ¼ cup milk
- 6 large egg yolks
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- ⅓ cup cornstarch, sifted
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons whiskey
- 1 Butterfinger candy bar, broken into small pieces
- Put the rolled oats in a food processor and process for about 30 seconds, until ground but not powdered. Add the flours, brown sugar, and salt and pulse until combined.
- Add the butter and pulse until the butter pieces are small and the dough looks crumbly, like coarse sand. Add the milk and pulse for a few seconds.
- Scoop the dough out of the food processor and form it into a large disk. Wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.
- Dust a work surface with a sprinkling of flour. Unwrap the disk of chilled dough and put it directly on the work surface. Cut the dough into eight equal pieces, about 2 ounces each, and gently shape each piece into a smooth disk. The dough will be sticky. Make sure to turn the dough over (use a spatula or a bench knife) as needed and keep the working surface floured. Put the dough disks in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
- Using a rolling pin, roll each dough ball into a 6-inch round just over ⅛ inch thick. Place a round over a 4-inch tart pan and very gently press the dough into the pan. Roll the rolling pin over the pan to trim off excess. Repeat with the remaining dough rounds. Use any excess dough trimmings to make a ninth tart shell or freeze them for another time.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Put the tart pans in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Remove the tarts from the freezer, then arrange on a baking sheet and gently prick the dough with a fork.
- Bake on the baking sheet until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through the baking time.
- Transfer the tart pans to wire racks and let cool completely.
- Put the egg yolks in a large heatproof bowl and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine the granulated sugar and ¼ cup water and stir gently with a heatproof spatula; do not splash the sides of the pan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, then increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the mixture begins to turn a dark amber color. Swirl the pan, if necessary, to create an even color, but do not stir. Remove from the heat, let stand for 1 minute, then use the heatproof spatula to stir in the cream. Pour the caramel into a small bowl. Set aside.
- In another small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in the milk and whisk to combine.
- Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, and, using the tip of the knife or a small teaspoon, scrape the seeds into the saucepan with the milk. Add the vanilla bean to the milk as well. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and add the caramel. Whisk together until combined, then pour one third of the mixture over the eggs. Keep whisking the egg mixture and add another third of the hot milk mixture. Transfer the egg mixture back to the saucepan with the milk mixture and, whisking constantly, bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until very thick.
- Remove from the heat and add the butter and whiskey.
- Keep whisking vigorously for about 1 minute to cool the pudding slightly. Let the pudding sit for about 15 minutes, then remove the vanilla bean.
- Whisk the pudding one more time until smooth. Divide the pudding equally among the tart shells and sprinkle some of the crumbled candy bar over the pudding. Cover the tarts with plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator for about 2 hours before serving.
So many beautiful cakes!