Never has a recipe surprised me more.
I've heard for months and months about this White Chocolate Brownie inside the best baking cookbook by Dorie Greenspan. A fellow baker, Clara of I heart food for thought has been begging all of us to pick this recipe. Finally Marthe of Culinary Delights selected this recipe for White Chocolate Brownies on pages 110 and 111 of Baking from My Home to Yours.
I like white chocolate (or rather, cocoa butter) but it has to be perfectly balanced with another flavor. Otherwise, it is too much for me. So going into it I was a little nervous.
Then I opened up my baking cookbook and shazam: I saw the picture. Holy cow...these weren't brownies at all! Or were they? I saw beautiful raspberries, I saw a pillowy meringue sitting on top of the white chocolate goodness. Then it got better, I read the recipe to see it also included orange zest (wahoo!) and ground almonds (oh yesss!). I knew I would love this recipe.
Still though, there was a hurdle I would have to overcome before I actually got to enjoy this treat. I had to executive the recipe properly. Thankfully, I read the P&Q post on our group site. It help a lot. The biggest thing for me was making sure to make my meringue properly and also make sure I baked the batter long enough. Many bakers had problems with the middle being goopey.
I loved this recipe and it turned out well for me, especially considering it was my first attempt. When I make it again, I will bake it longer. Mine was by no means soupy in the middle, but it needed more time.
I thought the taste was beautiful and elegant. The orange zest, white chocolate, ground almonds and fresh raspberries were the perfect combo. I loved the meringue it brought the coolest texture. I really could not get enough of these. My husband loved them as well. And I even brought them into a few coworkers and they loved them (even if they were a day and 1/2 old).
Be sure to check out the LYL post on the official Tuesdays with Dorie blog to see what other bakers made White Chocolate Brownies and how they liked it.
**Oh and excuse the chaos of nasty lighting pictures. Crazy week. Baking at night and then some. ;)
Next week: Tender Shortcakes (I just may be skipping)