Thursday, July 9, 2009

Dorie's Brownie Buttons - Foodie Friday

Over the 4th of July weekend I made these super rich Brownie Buttons from Dorie! Thank goodness they are only a two bite morsel so you don't feel guilty... at least not too guilty. Easy to make, satifies the chocolate need we all get from time to time!!

Brownie Buttons
from “Baking, from my Home to Yours” By Dorie Greenspan

Grated Zest of 1/2 Orange
1 teaspoon Sugar
1/4 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Flour
Pinch of Salt
1/2 Stick (4 Tablespoons) Unsalted Butter, Cut into 4 Pieces
2 1/2 Ounces Bittersweet Chocolate, Coarsely Chopped
1/3 Cup (Packed) Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Large Egg

For the optional Glaze:
2 Ounces White Chocolate, Finely Chopped

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter two miniature muffin pans, each with a dozen cups, and place them on a baking sheet.

If you’re using the orange zest, combine the zest and sugar in a small bowl, rubbing them between your fingertips to blend: set aside. Whisk together the flour and salt.

Melt the butter, chocolate, and brown sugar in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over very low heat, stirring frequently with a heatproof spatula and keeping an eye on the pan so that nothing overheats or burns. When the mixture is smooth, remove from the heat and cool for a minute or two. Stir the vanilla, egg and the zest into the chocolate mixture. When the mixture is well blended, add the flour and stir only until it is incorporated. You should have a smooth, glossy batter.

Spoon the batter into 16 of the muffin cups, using about a teaspoon of batter to fill each cup 3/4 full. Put 1 teaspoon of water in each empty cup.
Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the tops of the buttons spring back when touched. Transfer the pans to racks to cool for 3 minutes before carefully releasing the buttons. Cool to room temperature on the racks.

To make the glaze: Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Stir constantly and don’t leave the chocolate for even one minute- white chocolate scorches easily. As soon as the chocolate is smooth, remove from the heat.

One by one, dip the tops of the buttons into the chocolate, twirling the buttons so that you get a little swirl at the center of each one and the excess chocolate drips back into the bowl. Refrigerate the buttons for 15 minutes to set the glaze.

I'm linking this up to "Foodie Friday" so graciously hosted by Micheal at Designs by Gollum. Make sure you click on the link to check out all the other will be amazed!!


Anonymous said...

Those look delicious! I've never made brownies with orange zest, but it sure does sound good. I'll have to try them!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Those look delectable! Oh, I could dive head first into that batch of goodness! Thanks for sharing with us...

Happy Foodie Friday!


Sheila :-)

Joyce said...

I like the addition of the orange zest and wonder if you taste it? I think orange and chocolate is always a delicious combo:) Thanks for sharing and I like the fact that they are little but honestly I would just eat more:) I am so bad when it comes to sweets but I have been dieting for a few weeks now and I am ready to CRACK like an egg any day now:)

Anonymous said...

Brownie bites are the way to go! But I tend to eat many bites...Thanks for the stop. I love your email logo with the bowl of oatmeal.

KBeau said...

These sound yummy. I like the idea of adding the orange zest.

Cynthia said...

Barb, I always enjoy seeing your brownie bites. I like that you're very generous with the glaze. I'm sure your family loved them.

Shelia said...

These look so good! Wish I could have one, well, maybe just two!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mama said...

oh these look and sound delicious and when I saw orange zest it reminded me of long, long ago, my auntie used to always bring us chocolate and oranges for Christmas, we would eat a square of chocolate and then a segment of the orange, it must have stayed with me as my all time fave is chocolate orange.
and two bite size, perfect. Kathy.

Mary said...

That bit of orange with the chocolate must be divine. These look absolutely wonderful.

The Desperate Cook said...

Oh yum...brownie bites, but you know what I like the best? Your black kitty in your header cute is that?

Amy said...

So yummy! I love all sweets so I will definitely be trying this wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing. Amy :)

Kathleen said...

Pass the milk..I'll have two, they are small..:)
Look delicious, Barb...

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Oh Barb, they look divine!!

Dishesdone said...

Barb, those brownies look totally fantastic!

jennifer said...

Oh my... I don't think those would be low carb friendly. I am going to be craving brownie buttons now!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

A brownie in a button size - how perfect! Less guilt ;)

Jayne said...

Oh, yum!