Saturday, October 29, 2011

Candy Filled Dark Chocolate PMS-Buster Brownies topped with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Is there a woman reading this who has ever woken up at in the middle of the night feeling extra moody and crampy? How about a man reading this who thinks PMS is something women made up to create an excuse to bitch once a month? To the woman reader, I've got your remedy. To the man, go to hell.

... Just kidding (sort of).

I woke up this morning transformed into a new person - today, instead of the cheery Young Idealistic Baker you may be used to, Cranky McSourpuss will be guest posting about these scrumptious Candy Filled Dark Chocolate Brownies PMS-Busters topped with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting (and an M&M "M" - GO BLUE!)


Editor's Note: After devouring a chunk of brownie, Cranky McSourpuss is feeling a little bit better.

I baked up these brownies as a last-minute necessary resort to salvage my mood and distract myself from the pain. They are jam-packed with dark chocolate (antioxidants) and candy (yummy) and topped with some Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. I adapted them from the Dark Chocolate Cherry Brownies I made over the summer that nobody has yet tried to make at home.

Know how I know this? When I wrote up the recipe, I left out the 4 eggs but I included whisking the eggs in the directions. (I've edited it since) Not a single person has asked about this, which leads me to believe the sad fact that no one has tried to make them. Please try this batch - they good! (Not a typo - "they good" be straight slang)

Candy Filled Dark Chocolate PMS-Buster Brownies (adapted from my Dark Chocolate Cherry Brownies that were originally adapted from The Pastry Affair)

  • 2 1/2 cups quality dark chocolate (to bust PMS, forget about being thrifty - just go with the Ghiradelli)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of candy (I used frozen fun-size Milky Ways and M&Ms) 
Directions: 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a double broiler, melt chocolate and butter OR choose the more PMS-friendly way and melt the butter in a pot, remove from heat, and then add broken up pieces of chocolate - the melted butter melts the chocolate and saves you the trouble of using a double broiler
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract
  • In a medium sized bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, instant espresso powder, and salt
  • Add chocolate mixture to egg mixture
  • Add flour mixture and mix until just combined
  • Add chopped up candy (first sprinkled with some flour so that it doesn't all sink to the bottom)
  • Pour mixture into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan if you have one and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the batter no longer jiggles if you shake the pan
Alternatives to the 8 x 8 inch pan include a 10 x 5 pan (what I used last time) or a circle pan with a 9 inch diameter  (what I used today) 

NOTE: If you use the circle pan, your baking time will go up - I had to bake for about 25 minutes before the batter stopped jiggling


Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting (adapted from Food.com
  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Directions:
  • Beat together cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth
  • Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until your frosting reaches a spreadable consistency
I topped the frosting with an M&M "M" using all of the blue M&Ms that came out of 3 fun-size Halloween bags as a sorry attempt to make up for my lack of an actual Michigan-themed baked good today. Combating PMS takes precedence over showcasing school pride. 

However, I'm very proud of my Michigan Football boys for their Homecoming win over Purdue 36 - 14.

GO BLUE!


Disclaimer: Cutting frozen Milky Ways with a sharp knife is very dangerous and a little bit difficult. I sort of karate-chopped my way through it, which was both very enjoyable (hitting and/or destroying things is a lot of fun when you're suffering from PMS) and dangerous. Should you try this at home, you have been warned. I am not liable for any chopped up fingers - practice knife safety kids. 

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