Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Posts From the Road - Blazing Brownies

Jim: Well, it got so that every piss-ant prairie punk who thought he could shoot a gun would ride into town to try out the Waco Kid. I must have killed more men than Cecil B. DeMille. It got pretty gritty. I started to hear the word "draw" in my sleep. Then one day, I was just walking down the street when I heard a voice behind me say, "Reach for it, mister!" I spun around... and there I was, face-to-face with a six-year old kid. Well, I just threw my guns down and walked away. Little bastard shot me in the ass. So I limped to the nearest saloon, crawled inside a whiskey bottle, and I've been there ever since.

I watched Blazing Saddles the other night. Always a good time.

I'll be honest, I'm not much of a bourbon drinker.  If I have it around it's going to be a decent quality, even if I use it for recipes only, preferring the Irish and Scotch single malts for "sipping'.  Still it has it's uses.As in the form of brownies.

Bourbon has a complex and almost caramel-like sweetness, which heightens the flavors in desserts and makes plain vanilla and chocolate flavors just "pop". It adds a grown-up twist to a classic, the result of which is rich, moist and gooey.

Chocolate Bourbon Brownies

After cooking, the bourbon isn't an obvious taste, but it lends it a depth of finish, a smoky sweet hint to the bittersweet chocolate that's added into the cooking chocolate. The chilling/sitting time in the recipe is important. The texture changes as the brownies chill. This also gives the bourbon flavor some time to develop, though it is very subtle.


  1. Again with the chocolate ... and I'm deprived of another fantastic dessert.

    Ah, well. It still looks pretty darned good to me!

  2. No hard stuff for me tonight.

    The Thai restaurant has Yuengling on tap, so I'll be pounding down plenty of those.

  3. Bourbon & chocolate? Where to I sign?! And you watched Blazing Saddles--that has to be one of Dave's favorite movies too.

    I may have to make those brownies, but I don't know if everyone can/will wait for them to chill properly!

  4.'re the devil.

    I do like bourbon, though. Hell, it's hard to find whiskey I don't like: Canadian, American, Irish.

  5. A "Blazing Saddles" line and brownies. And then "a smoky sweet hint to the bittersweet chocolate". Oh my Lord. I'll just be sitting here for a spell, chuckling madly while I drool on my keyboard. Not a pretty picture, I know. But that's what you've reduced me to. And with me on a diet no less.

    Ah, such sweet, sweet cruelty. Thank you Ma'am, may I have some more?

  6. Great lines!!! :-) And a good looking desert! :-D

  7. Ahhhh... a movie with many a daily quote, my fav being (when someone presses me for more information):

    "Mongo only pawn, in game of life."

    The looks I get should be in an art gallery.

  8. You know, it's almost a shame, this strange power of yours to turn men into blubbering, drooling fools... and not only with the recipes!
    You are pure awesomeness Dr. Lady B!

  9. I always refer to that film as "Resplendent Buttock-Cradles." But then, I'm slightly strange.

  10. "blubbering, drooling fools". That's sort of been me after the latest round of travel and meetings.

    Erin - I don't think you were born yet when that came out but so glad you loved it.

    Old NFO - thanks for the phone call. Dad OK, just checking in when he called in while we were chatting. I'm actually thinking of making this next time with a single malt, some more chopped dark chocolate and red pepper. That may be evil.

  11. Evil it may be, but anything worth doing with chocolate is worth doing with overkill.


  12. Sounds & looks yummy, another recipe to soon as I perfect burning water...

  13. Irish Car Bomb brownies?

    Guinness for the bourbon

    Irish whiskey ganache drizzled on top after the brownies are chilled:

    4 oz bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa), finely chopped
    4 oz (1/2 cup) heavy cream
    1 tbsp butter at room temperature
    3 tbsp Tullamore Dew Whiskey

    Baileys frosting

    4 egg whites
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/4 cup vanilla sugar
    4 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
    100 ml Bailey’s Irish cream

  14. Not long ago, I purchased a set of Mel Brooks DVDs. Politically incorrect humor that spared none. I may discover how this recipe tastes with single barrel Knob creek...

  15. I've a wooden half dollar from the AZ premiere of BS!
    On the obverse, a likeness of Sheriff Bart astride a bucking steed, with the phrase "Hi, I'm Mel, Trust Me; on the reverse, Mel as the Indian Chief, surrounded by the phrase "Never Give A Saga An Even Break!"
    "The common clay of the New West - you know who I mean - MORONS!"
    ...and AGAIN with the food porn!


  16. Haven't been by the range for quite some time, but I see things have remained delicious in these parts. Miss you bunches, B♥.

  17. The nice thing I find about bourbon is that the less expensive brands seem to work as well if not better than the good stuff for cooking. I find that Old Crow seems to be the best, not that I'd drink it, but for cooking, you betcha.

  18. A bit late here, but must chime in; "Blazing Saddles" has been a favorite of mine since it came out; our kids were weaned on it before they knew what Political Correctness was. One still laughs along boldly, another is a bit dubious, the eldest learned too much/was indoctrinated at the liberal arts college he graduated from... but can't help from snickering at the beans!

  19. Have only seen Blazing Saddles once (I know, sin in my life), back in the mid-70s.

    Twas definitely non-PC, from what I remember.

    I need to watch it again.

    And my waistline wants to thank you for the three pounds I gained from just looking at a picture of the brownies.

    I need to look into making those brownies, or a GF version thereof, as soon as I come up for air after the Ides of April.


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