Tuesday, June 1, 2010

TWD: White Chocolate Brownies


This week for Tuesday's with Dorie, Marthe of Culinary Delights selected White Chocolate Brownies.

I think everyone went into this with high hopes... the picture of these brownies is one of the more appealing ones in the book. A white chocolate brownie is studded with raspberries and topped with golden meringue. YUM!


Unfortunately, the question and answer forum (on the TWD site) for this recipe was filled with cries of woe as reports of undercooked brownies became the norm. Apparently, it was difficult to test the done-ness of the brownies with the meringue layer on top.

I opted to bake the brownies "naked" until done and then top them with meringue, finally finishing them off with just a minute (actually less) under the broiler. Worked great!

How did they taste? Interestingly, I thought the orange zest in the recipe was the predominant flavor, with a burst of raspberry every now and then. (OK, I just figured out that I mistakenly added probably double the orange zest required... duh! No wonder!) Altogether they were quite tasty, once I got used to the orange flavor (I guess I was expecting more, well, white chocolate flavor, which I couldn't really detect).

If you'd like to see the recipe, please visit Marthe's blog (she is such a sweet and dedicated blogger) or check out Dorie Greenspan's book "Baking, From my Home to Yours".

P.S. Oh, I forgot to add that I baked 1/4 of the recipe in a 6" springform pan.

24 comments:

Susi said...

I made these a little bit over a year ago and while my husband and I enjoyed them the kids kept asking when I was making "normal" brownies again since none of them cared for this recipe. I do have to say though that they sure look pretty!

Tia said...

very pretty.

mine morphed into Salty/Sweet Brown Butter Frosted Brownies!

chocolatechic said...

Beautiful meringue.

What a brilliant idea to do the meringue after.

Di said...

Wow, that looks gorgeous, Jacque! Great idea to add the meringue after. And double the orange zest sounds good to me (since I don't like white chocolate very much). =)

Snooky doodle said...

yummy this looks delicious :)

mike said...

Now THAT'S a topping! Beautiful! I agree -the taste was so different - it was hard to form an opinion. Nothing that I would make again, but great fun to bake and experiment with!

natalia said...

I love your version !!

alvarosa said...

wow, that's about the most beautiful meringue of all who made it...

Clivia said...

Now that's how to do the meringue. Beautiful!

cindy said...

You treat is beautiful! I thought they were a fun change.

Heather said...

Your meringue looks amazing! Definitely the way to do it cooking it after. I didn't have any oranges so left that flavour out. I'm laughing that you accidentally doubled yours!

Marthe said...

Wow, that looks so good!!! For my second attempt I listened to your suggestion and baked the brownies "naked" until done and then top them with meringue: perfect!! So thank you so much for this suggestion!

Katrina said...

Love that idea to add the meringue after the brownies were baked because mine were very underbaked, inedible.
Your meringue looks awesome! Love the wedge cut to the brownie, too.

Criollobylisa said...

Great suggestion. Your brownie looks lovely!

Liz said...

Genius! Baking the brownies first and then adding the meringue at the end is brilliant. And yours is the best-looking one I've seen so far. Lovely job!

margot said...

Beautiful job on the brownies! Baking them "naked" was a great idea. I made a half recipe and think I might have forgotten to halve the orange. Oops.

SiHaN said...

that looks amazing.. finishing off 1 min in the broiler sealed the deal.

Becky said...

you get my vote for best meringue topping. so smart to do it the way you did. very cool and pretty.

Lauryn said...

your brownies look amazing!!! Great photos! Glad you enjoyed these!

Kayte said...

Oh, that's the trick...I will need to go back in on these and try your suggestions. Yours look absolutely delightful and delicious!

jillbert said...

They look very pretty. It sounds like you did the right thing by baking them first and then adding the meringue. I thought these would have white chocolate chunks in them - I think that would be good.

Jessica said...

These look delicious! It was very smart of you to cook the brownie first and then broil the meringue.

At first glance I thought it was a pie...lol! It looks delicious.

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Alwayzbakin said...

They look gorgeous. To pretty to eat!

Engineer Baker said...

I think I'd like these with a really prominent orange flavor. It actually sounds more appealing, and probably cut the sweetness of the white chocolate really well.