This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie was chosen by Suzy of Suzy Homemaker. She picked Dorie’s Honey Nut Brownies which are located on page 102 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. Because wordpress was down when I got home from work yesterday, I was unable to actually post this on time…pooper.
The best thing about these brownies was that I was able to use up a good portion of a giant jar of Sourwood Honey that has been hanging out in my pantry for about a year. The brownie batter actually came together pretty easy. Instead of using a double boiler and melting the butter and the chocolate together, I melted the butter in the microwave and then stirred the chocolate in. It did the job just as well, no separation and no burning 🙂
I used walnuts in the batter for the nuts. I actually didn’t have enough walnut pieces, but I just happened to have some ground up walnuts from a previous cookie recipe so I just added those. Then I decided that the batter was a little to light for me and needed more chocolate so I poured in about 1/2 of bittersweet chocolate chips.
I like really THICK fudgy brownies and I knew that these weren’t going to be too fudgy just because of the long baking time and the fact that a knife inserted in the center is suppose to come out clean. I baked these in a 8 x 8 square baking pan for 70 minutes on 325°F, that was about the time the knife came out clean. I let them cool, and then sliced them up.
A couple of the members of Tuesdays With Dorie said they thought the brownies were overly sweet, but I didn’t think that at all. Which got me wondering if they were actually using bittersweet chocolate (like the recipe calls for) or milk chocolate. If you used milk chocolate, I could see how the brownies might be overly sweet. For me the brownies had the right amount of sweetness, the ground walnuts gave the brownies a nice texture which contrasted with the cake consistency of the brownie, and finally the chocolate chips gave it that extra chocolate flavor.
I actually would make these again for two reasons: 1) To use up some more of that Sourwood Honey and 2) The brownies were very good for a cake type brownie.