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The other day I received another request from hubby to bake something for work. His old department were throwing him a farewell party to wish him good luck on his promotion. As his work is not around the corner, I wanted to bake something that ‘travels well’. I also wanted to bake something I hadn’t baked before and that would be a bit unusual for Israeli standards. So I looked in my Taste of Home Cookies book and found a great recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies. Something a bit different, but at the same time a taste that most everyone loves. I’m not too crazy about the combination of peanuts and chocolate together, but then I wasn’t baking for myself, was I? The fun part of baking these brownies was that part was made in the oven (the brownie part, about 60% of the total mass) and part in the fridge (the top layer of peanut butter cream, about 40% of the total mass). It was a first for me to bake in this manner, so I really enjoyed the experience of doing something new.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

Unfortunately, I did not get to taste it myself, (I would have liked to despite not being a big fan of the combo pb and chocolate) but I got great feedback  and people absolutely loved it! So another success story in the bag. By the way, as a twist I added some raw thina paste to the peanut butter cream, which gave it a deeper and more layered flavor.  I don’t know what it is with me, I just find it very hard to completely stick to a recipe and not add my own ideas.

 

 

 

 

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I always love doing a bit of baking before the weekend. It reminds me of my childhood. My mum used to bake us something every Friday while preparing Friday night dinner, (being Jewish this is most important family meal of the week) filling the house with the familiar sweet smell of the start of the weekend. Three childhood favorites stand out: cherry crumble pie, chocolate marble cake and vanilla cream filled profiteroles.  As children my sister and I could hardly wait for the marble cake to cool down and often managed to convince mum to cut us a piece as it came straight out of the oven.

This morning though I decided to try something new and went for baking Banana Nut Brownies. Not only was this an extremely quick and easy recipe, I also liked the fact that this brownie recipe is made with butter instead of oil (which I feel can leave brownies lacking in flavor) and required relatively little of it.  When I mashed the banana, I ended up with more than the 1 cup the recipe states (I think I had about 1.3 cups), but I added it all in, which turned out great as it really gave the brownies a nice banana flavor.  Walnuts are of course always a great addition to any baked goods containing either chocolate or banana, but as they are quite mild in flavor I do feel that the recipe could use another ingredient to give it some more depth taste wise.  I was thinking a hint of ginger would go great with the taste of the banana’s, but it’s quite an unusual combination with chocolate. Still I think it would work. Alternatively, it could be nice to stir half a cup of raisins in or top the brownies with a coffee chocolate frosting.

These fluffy brownies will definitively be a success with anyone who likes bananas and/or  is not keen on an overwhelming chocolate taste in baked goods.

One thing is for sure: my 2.5 year old absolutely loves them!


Baked and eaten

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