Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Honey Nut Brownies



This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by Suzy of Suzy Homemaker. She chose Honey Nut Brownies. I love baking with honey and I was very excited to try this recipe. These brownies are light on the chocolate and heavy on the honey. I actually had another recipe for honey brownies, but once I knew these were coming up to make, I decided to wait and give these a try first. You can get the entire recipe on Suzy’s blog.

There was a lot of discussion among the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers about this recipe. Some were unsure of baking with honey and others wondered if different types of honey would make a difference. I ended up using wildflower honey from Washington State. I will often buy honey from vendors at farmer’s markets, but I’ve used up all I had bought last year and the markets haven’t started yet this year. I particularly like the cranberry honey that I get, but as you can imagine, that’s not very easy to find. I can’t wait for the farmer’s markets to start again!

These brownies turned out a little strangely for me. I don’t know what happened, but I got big empty holes on the bottom of my brownies. When I flipped them over to peel off the foil, it looked like there were these big sink holes. I have no idea what would have caused that. A pocket of sugar or honey? I’d usually blame a big chunk of butter, but the butter was melted. I also had to bake these longer than the specified time, but it seems many of the others had the same issue. The texture is inconsistent, kind of like in some areas the honey sunk to the bottom of the brownie, where other areas were very cakey. At any rate, they are pretty tasty and have an interesting flavor.

Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, page 102

17 comments:

Jules Someone said...

That looks fabulous! I'm sorry it was so uneven. I think mine worked well because it was a smaller amount of batter. I think that these might work better in a bigger pan.

Lauryn said...

they sure look good, despite the uneven baking. I really enjoyed these!

Sweet and Savory said...

I can't imagine where the holes came from. This was definitely a unique brownie.

The plus side is that yours looks beautiful.

Clivia said...

That's a mystery! I'm glad you still enjoyed them.

Valerie said...

I love the texture of your brownie! No one would know that there was a 'sink hole' in the middle. :D

I bet that wildflower honey is delicious!!

Peggy the Baker said...

Your bubble problem sounded familiar. I looked back at my notes (I did the kugelhopf instead of the hnb this week) and lo and behold, I had written that there were a few bib bubbles in the bottom. I couldn't figure it out then and I still don't have a clue.

Pamela said...

Even though these didn't do much for me, I am feeling quite tempted by your picture!

Peggy said...

It is the taste that matters, not the holes in the bottom. hee hee. I think they look lovely and delicious just the way they are.

Jessica said...

Very nice! I used wildflower honey too. Although I didn't love it in these "brownies", I'll definitely be using it in other treats!

briarrose said...

What an interesting brownie...it almost looks like half a blondie. Mmmm....honey...love it!

Mike said...

I had the same cooking time problem and the same sinkholes problem. Delicious either way, though :)

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Oooh, they look so fudgy! Nice job! :)

Amber Marie said...

Oooh, cranberry honey sounds delish! Is it reddish in color?

Tia said...

i like the shot showing the cross sectioned nuts in it. mmm

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Flourchild said...

These were an interesting dessert, weren't they! Yours look great even if there not a fav.!

spike. said...

sink holes, eh? Very strange. From your picture, they look beautiful!

Cakelaw said...

Your brownies look luscious - like you could sink your teeth right into their dense sweetness.