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Tagged blondies, champagne, champagne blondies, orange zest, white chocolate chips
As much as I bake with booze, you’d think I would be a raging alcoholic. AMIRITE? But, that’s not the case. I went through that phase (mostly in college, and the few years after I dropped out), and I got sick of the hangovers eventually. Honestly, I rarely drink at all now. I have a random glass of wine, or a delish wheaty beer. However, last Wednesday was New Years Eve/ Day. We didn’t do anything exciting for NYE. I just laid on the couch (and maaabye fell asleep) while he played NBA2014 (or whatever).
We opted to trade the NYE shenanigans for brunch Thursday morning. I made a pretty good Baked French Toast dish, some eggs, a little sausage… and MIMOSA’S!
I’ll be sharing the Baked French Toast recipe later… Right now, I’m going to tell you what I did with the leftover champagne.
I turned it into these Mimosa Blondies (click on it for the recipe)! I used the same recipe base as these Moscato Blondies with just a few tweeks.
the champagne flavor isn’t really noticeable. 😦 Maybe there was too much brown sugar. I think I might try out a different base next time. Or, possibly, switch out some of the brown sugar for regular granulated? Overall these tasted deliciously orangey. Not exactly the Mimosa flavor I was going for… but still good. I think they could use some frosting. Some powdered sugar, and a little champagne whisked together might be what these need to take them over the line to Mimosa-ville. HA! that was wicked corney. Sorry.
Sadly I forgot to take pictures. Use your imagination (or look at the pictures from the Moscato Blondies).
So… I hate cooking/ baking in other peoples kitchens. Is that weird? Maybe it is. I don’t know. But I seriously hate not knowing where anything is… and it’s even worse when I’m in another town/ state. Then I have to go shopping and I don’t know where anything is in the freaking store! Aaaarg!
These brownies where a delish exercise in what else could possible go (kind of) wrong.
But I should start from the beginning. We’re visiting Hubs’ family in VA for Christmas and I offered to bake dessert. I don’t know how to say this w/o sounding like a jerk… but his dad doesn’t exactly have a great kitchen set up. It’s kind of wack… It was so bad I had to go buy most of the ingredients (see first paragraph). and then I forgot the danged FLOUR! Lucky for me, Hubs’ Bro lives right next door and his wife was gracious enough to hand over a bag of flour.
Dad doesn’t own a stand mixer. He has a hand mixer. From the 80’s. I now realize how much I love my Kitchen Aid, and I will never take her for granted again. EVER.
But balancing all that out I had helper this time, my SIL gave me a hand in the kitchen, measuring and finding all the things I needed. It was nice to have family in the kitchen helping out.
This recipe was adapted from Tuesday Night Boyfriend. Her blog is adorable and delish!
Finally… we get these delish looking brownies into the oven. I set the time for 25minutes and walk away. After 25 they’re not done. NBD, they’re supposed to take 35. Put the timer on for 10 more… still not done. 10 more… not yet. 10 more… f*ck it! I took them out anyways and went over to Bro’s house for some booze. Bro’s wife listened to me whine for a few minutes, and then offered to let me try finishing them in her oven. So sweet. We preheated and popped that (still delish looking, but undone pan) in her oven for 15 minutes. BAM! BAKED!
You might be thinking “WTF? Was the oven broken? Did you get the bake time wrong?”
What you should be asking is… “Did you accidentally turn the oven off after you checked them the first time?”
The answer to that would be… Yes. I’m pretty sure I accidentally turned the oven off and didn’t realize it. (hashtag)BakingFail. I hate baking in other peoples kitchen and I guess I was probably a little flustered. I really wanted everyone to love these.
And they did come out great. The only problem is that they’re not SUPER chocolately. Other than that I would change 2 things. The first is I wouldn’t cut up the fun sized Snickers. The second is, I’d chop up a king-sized Snicker’s bar and sprinkle it on top of the brownies when they first come out of the oven (maybe with some chocolate chips)!
Happy Baking! Hope you & yours had a Merry Christmas!
Check out the recipe for these Red Velvet Snickers Brownies!
Tagged baking, brownies, milk chocolate chips, Red Velvet, red velvet brownies, red velvet snickers brownies, snickers