Moist, flavorful, and delicious classic carrot cake.
What better way to celebrate Easter than with a delicious carrot cake? This recipe has been in my family for a very long time; my dad would make this carrot cake for my mom when they were dating, and it has been a staple in the family ever since. This Classic Carrot Cake has the perfect blend of carrots, crushed pineapple, and coconut, with a delicious, chopped pecan crunch. This cake is so versatile. It could be a bundt cake, a layer cake, muffins, cupcakes, or cake bars, the list is endless!
Most of the time, I make this carrot cake for a sweet breakfast or brunch, so I don’t pair it with frosting. Even alone this cake is still perfectly delicious! However, for more special occasions, I love to pair the cake with either a coconut frosting or a classic cream cheese frosting.
To make the cake, boil about 4 medium-sized carrots until very soft. Once cooled, mash completely. You should have about 1 1/3 cups of mashed carrots, a little more or a little less is not a big deal. Once the batter is made, the shape of the cake you want to make will determine the cook time.
Bundt Cake- 1 hour
Layer cakes- 30-35 minutes
Cupcakes- 30-40 minutes
The cake will be done once browned and when a toothpick is inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before serving and/or decorating with your choice of icing.
I would love to see your carrot cake creations! Tag me on Instagram @beyondbakingwithamandajane and use the #beyondbakingwithamandajane.
The quickest, most delicious, fluffy cinnamon rolls for your last-minute cinnamony cravings.
We all love a warm, light, and delicious cinnamon roll, but sometimes, the long hours of waiting for the dough to rise, not once, but twice, is just too much. I understand the struggle of wanting a cinnamon roll as soon as possible, not 4-6 hours later, or, having to whip up something sweet and delicious for a last-minute dinner party. These 45 minute cinnamon rolls will not disappoint. There’s no excessive kneading, finicky yeast, or 2 hour rise time. All you need is a combination of baking powder and baking soda, and you will have beautifully light, fluffy, and flavorful cinnamon rolls.
When I first came across this new way of making cinnamon rolls without yeast on the New York Times Cooking page, I thought it was crazy. I thought: no way they would actually taste like cinnamon rolls. Oh how very wrong I was. I found that they are actually moister and fluffier than traditional cinnamon rolls, and they are a perfect alternative to cinnamon rolls when you don’t have the time to make the traditional ones.
The recipe is very straightforward. Begin by making the cinnamon filling. Using a wooden spoon in a medium bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans together until smooth. Set aside.
For the dough, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the oil. It will be a little lumpy, this is normal. Add buttermilk until just combined. Don’t skip out on the buttermilk because the acidity of it will react with the baking soda, helping the dough rise in the oven. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and knead a couple of times until the dough comes together in a smooth ball.
Then, roll the dough into a 15 x 8 inch rectangle. Spread the filling evenly across the dough, leaving about 1/4-inch boarder around the edges. Tightly roll the dough along the long end of the rectangle. Unlike traditional cinnamon rolls, this dough is not very elastic, so do not pull the dough slightly back to create a tighter roll or the dough will break.
Once rolled, cut into 8 even pieces. Place in a greased 9-inch pie plate, and bake at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
When the rolls come out of the oven, stir together confectioners sugar, vanilla extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls and serve warm!
As you can see, this recipe is easy and quick! I hope you try it out and tag me in your creations @beyondbakingwithamandajane on Instagram and use #beyondbakingwithamandajane
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a 9-inch pie pan.
Make the filling. In a medium bowl, using a wooden spoon, cream together butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans together until smooth. Set aside.
Make the dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough attachment, stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. On low speed, slowly add in oil. It will be a little lumpy, this is normal. Sir in the buttermilk until just combined.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until the dough all comes together.
Roll the dough out in to a 15 x 8 inch rectangle. Spread the filling out evenly, leaving 1/4- inch boarder around the edges.
Roll the dough along the long edge of the rectangle. Cut into 8 pieces using dental floss or a very sharp knife.
Place rolls into greased pie pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
8 While the rolls are baking, make the glaze. Combine powder sugar, vanilla, and 2 Tablespoons milk. Stir until well combined. Add additional milk slowly until desired consistency. Drizzle glaze over cinnamon rolls and serve warm!
Sweet, jello-like traditional Chinese snack or dessert.
Last week, my family and I celebrated Chinese New Year, and in celebration, I am sharing my Grandma’s Traditional Chinese Sweet Rice Pudding Cups, or Boot Jai Goo 缽仔糕! Long before I was even born, my Grandma has been making Boot Jai Goo for my family on special occasions like Chinese New Year. It has always been one of my favorite treats she makes. These sweet rice pudding cups are most similar to almond Jello in consistency, but they are slightly firmer and are perfectly sweetened by plain white sugar. These are truly a unique and delicious sweet treat, and they are super simple to make.
Boot jai goo originates in Hong Kong, and the name “boot jai goo” literally means a cake that is shaped like a bowl. As you can see in the pictures, the signature look of these pudding cups have a dimple in the center of them, making them look like a bowl. These pudding cups are steamed in small metal or ceramic baking cups to get the perfect dimple. However, if you have small tart molds, you can use those.
For these yummy puddings, wet rice flour will give you the best results. However, this may be hard to find depending on your location. The best place to look for wet rice flour is at your nearest Chinatown. Dry rice flour will be easier to find at your local Asian supermarket, and it will still yield a pudding that is just as amazing.
Begin making these pudding cups by dissolving sugar in water over low heat. Once dissolved, remove from heat and let cool. In a large pot, add the rice flour. Pour the sugar water in very slowly, stopping every 1/2 cup of liquid to knead out the lumps of flour. Keep slowly adding sugar water until the batter is thin and leaves a thin coating on the back of a ladle.
Now it is time to test out our batter. My grandma always makes a “test” pudding to make sure the consistency of the pudding is perfect. Pour the batter in the unlined cup, to the rim, and steam for 20 minutes. Once cooled enough to touch, using chopsticks, slip the pudding out of the cup and give it a try! My favorite part about making these with my grandma is sharing the test pudding with her. If the consistency is too hard, add more sugar water. Remember it is always easier to add more sugar water to get the right consistency rather than adding more flour.
Grandma's Traditional Chinese Sweet Rice Pudding Cups
Flavorful al dente pasta filled with a winter spiced pumpkin ricotta, dressed with brown butter and sage sauce.
Every summer, my grandma and uncle grow an elaborate garden in their backyard with a variety of different melons, pumpkins, and veggies. They grow enough for the whole family to eat! This year, there were a lot of Asian Pumpkins. Typically, we stir fry, roast, or make soup from the pumpkins, but I wanted to prepare the pumpkin in a way my family was not used to: pumpkin ravioli!
This pumpkin ravioli is naturally sweet and delicious. It is paired with a brown butter and sage sauce, inspired by Trader Joe’s. It is impossible to resist!
What is an Asian Pumpkin?
Asian Pumpkins are sweet and earthy, similar to butternut squash. These pumpkins are grown over the summer and harvested in late summer/early fall. However, once harvested, they can be stored throughout the winter season. Each pumpkin ranges from 5 to 10 pounds, so this recipe doesn’t use the whole pumpkin. It can also be prepared by roasting it in the oven, making soup, or stir fry it.
Can’t find an Asian Pumpkin?
Asian pumpkins can be hard to find in stores. However, for this recipe, you can use your favorite type of pumpkin or squash like butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, or regular American pumpkin.
There is no need for a pasta machine to make ravioli!
I had always thought that in order to make ravioli, you need to have a pasta machine. Oh how very wrong I was! There is no need for a fancy pasta machine, all you need is a rolling pin and a cookie cutter, and a little bit of patience.
Roast, season, and puree your pumpkin.
Begin to roast the pumpkin in the oven, seasoned to your liking. I seasoned my pumpkin with salt, oil, maple syrup, fresh garlic, thyme, rosemary, and sage. These are great winter flavors that complement the natural sweetness of your pumpkin of choice. You may want to add some spices like chili powder, nutmeg, paprika and/or Tumeric. Once seasoned, roasting is the best method to cook the pumpkin because it will dry out the excess water and make sure your filling isn’t too runny.
When the pumpkin is roasted and cooled, puree it in a food processor. Be sure to take out the leafy spices, they tend to get bitter during the roast. You will put some puree in the pasta dough and leave the rest for the filling. Adding the pumpkin to the pasta dough will add a little bit of sweetness and a beautiful orange color to the dough. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for the gluten relax. This will make the dough much easier to work with. While the dough is chilling, make the filling and place in a piping bag fitted with a round tip.
Cut the dough into quarters to make it easier to work with. Roll 2 quarters as thin as you could get it, roughly 1/8th of an inch. Gently mark the bottom sheet of dough with the 2.5 inch cookie cutter. This will help you map out how many ravioli you are going to make.
In the center of each mark, pipe about 1 Tablespoon of filling. Wet the rim of each mark and gently place the second sheet of pasta on top. Press and seal around each mound of filling. Cut each ravioli out with the cookie cutter. Place each finished ravioli on a lightly floured sheet pan to dry out.
Once you have made all of the ravioli, place them in the freezer to chill. Cold pasta will help ensure a more even boil. It will take about 4-8 minutes to cook the pasta, depending on how cold the ravioli is and how al dente you like your pasta.
While the pasta is cooking…
Make the butter and sage sauce in a large saucepan. Right away, place the cooked ravioli into the hot saucepan with the sauce and serve!
This recipe has a lot of flexibility in it with the endless seasoning possibilities and different types of pumpkins you could use! I would love to see how you make your ravioli! Tag me in your photos on Instagram @beyondbakingwithamandajane and use the #beyondbakingwithamandajane.
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the pumpkin into cubes. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and season the pumpkin. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until deeply roasted and tender.
Puree the cooled pumpkin with the garlic until very smooth. Set aside.
Back in the food processor, add the eggs, flour, salt, oil, and 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree. Pulse until the dough forms. If needed, add water if the dough is too dry, or add flour if the dough is too wet.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form a smooth disc. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
To make the filling, stir in the cheeses until well combined. Scoop into a large piping bag fitted with a large round tip.
Roll out a quarter of the dough at a time until 1/8-inch thick and form your ravioli. Place the ravioli on a lightly floured baking sheet and freeze while the water is boiling.
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, meanwhile, make the browned butter and sage sauce by browning butter in a large saucepan with leaves of sage.
Boil the ravioli for 4-8 minutes. Immediately place the hot ravioli into the saucepan and toss.
Light and airy peanut butter cookies shaped just like Santa’s reindeer!
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a peanut butter cookie! Growing up, we always made peanut butter cookies because it is my brother’s favorite. This year, I decided to spice up our peanut butter cookies and make them look like Rudolph! These cookies are so fun and festive AND they are full of delicious peanut buttery flavor.
For this recipe, you make the dough just as you would the Perfect Peanut Butter Blossoms recipe. Instead of just rolling balls of dough, you are going to shape balls of dough into an upside-down triangle like this:
Make sure the dough is not too thin, it should be around 3/4-inch thick. Then, coat the dough in granulated sugar and place it on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. While the cookies are baking, gather the reindeer’s ears, eyes, and nose. For the ears, it is easiest to buy the Snyder’s of Hanover itty bitty mini pretzels. This will avoid the hassle of trying to break larger pretzels in half for the ears. For the eyes, I like to use mini chocolate chips, and for the nose, I went to my local Party City to get red M&Ms. Set out all of these ingredients so you are ready to turn these triangles into reindeer when the dough comes out of the oven.
Once the dough comes out, immediately place two pretzels on the top for ears, two mini chocolate chips for eyes, and one red M&M for the nose. Next thing you know, you’re going to have a tray full of little reindeer! Have fun decorating (and eating) these deliciously cute cookies!
I would love to see your little reindeer too! Tag me in your pictures @beyondbakingwithamandajane on Instagram and use the #beyondbakingwithamandajane! I hope you enjoy these cookies!
1/4 to 1/3 cup granulated sugar for rolling (optional)
about 70 Snyder’s of Hanover Itty Bitty Mini pretzels
2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
25-30 red M&M’s
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line cookies sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the softened butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
Add the egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined.
Scoop 1 1/2 inch dough balls and shape them into upside-down triangles, making sure the cookie is about 3/4-inch thick. Roll the dough in granulated sugar. Place on a prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. While the cookies are baking, prepare the ears, eyes, and nose.
Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately, gently push the reindeer facial features into the dough. Let sit for 5 minutes for the cookie to cool.
Super rich and chocolatey chocolate cookies with a cracked dusting of powder sugar.
Today, I am sharing my second cookie recipe for this Christmas cookie season, A Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies! I always have an eye out for chocolatey cookies because my family loves chocolate everything and anything! These cookies remind me of an upgraded brookie (brownie + cookie): rich and cakey. The powder sugar dusting adds a pretty crackling effect and an extra sweetness to each bite. This is my favorite part of the cookie!
Last week, I posted my Pastel Christmas Sugar Cookie Pinwheels, click the link to check that recipe out! I also did a weekly Christmas cookie countdown last year, so don’t forget to check those recipes out under the Christmas Cookies category of my blog!
This recipe is quick and easy to whip up for a last-minute occasion. It is a one-bowl recipe, and the chill time is very minimal. When you are making this recipe, use dark cocoa powder because it will make the cookie even more rich and delicious. It is necessary to chill the dough so it is easier to work with when rolling the dough in powder sugar. I like to chill it in the freezer for 45-60 minutes. Then, using a cookie scoop, scoop balls of dough and roll each ball in a generous amount of powder sugar. Don’t be shy to add more powder sugar because this is what makes the beautiful cracking effect.
I hope you enjoy and have fun making these festive chocolate crinkle cookies! I would love to see your cookies on Instagram! Tag me @beyondbakingwithamandajane and use the #beyondbakingwithamandajane.
Super festive and delicious Christmas pinwheels. The perfect pop of color for your cookie platter!
It’s finally December and you know what that means, Christmas cookie season is here! This is my favorite time of year! So, every week until Christmas, I will be sharing some of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes with you! To kick things off, I want to share my Pastel Christmas Sugar Cookie Pinwheels. Every year, when I plan out my cookie list, I never have enough color in my cookie assortment to make the platter look holly and jolly. BUT these cookies do just the job; they are bright and colorful and pop out on a plate full of cookies. AND they are absolutely delicious!
You may recognize this pastel sugar cookie recipe from my Pumpkin Shaped Pastel Cookies that my mom and I make together every Halloween. Instead of making orange pumpkins, we are going to make pinwheels!
Once you make the dough, divide it into 3 equal portions. You can dye these portions any color you may like, to suit any holiday you may celebrate, but for the spirit of Christmas, I dye one portion red, the other green, and leave the last portion as it is.
Once you dye your dough, roll each portion of dough until it is 1/4-inch thick between two pieces of parchment paper (roll each portion of dough out between their own two sheets of parchment paper). Once you have rolled each portion out, place everything on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 2 hours. This dough will be so much easier to work with when it is very chilled.
When the dough is chilled, it is time to layer the sheets of dough. I like to layer my colors with green at the bottom, then white, then red. I like to have the red on the outside of the cookie, but it doesn’t matter what order you choose to do! To start, leave the bottom sheet of parchment paper on the bottom layer of dough. For the next layer, remove the top sheet of parchment paper, line up the edges of dough, and slowly lay the top layer down. Repeat with the final layer of dough.
Gently press all of the layers together so they stick. Using the very bottom piece of parchment paper, begin to tightly roll the dough starting at the long edge. Freeze the roll for 1 hour.
When the roll is very cold, take a very sharp knife and cut 1/4-inch thick slices of dough. Place them on a cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart, and bake for 7 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy these colorful cookies!
I would love to see your version of my Pinwheel Cookies! Tag me in your pictures on Instagram @beyondbakingwithamandajane and use the #beyondbakingwithamandajane!
Decadent, moist cake with a maple simple syrup and a butter pecan crunch. This cake is paired with a delicious cream cheese frosting, perfect for a fall dessert!
Maple butter pecan is the perfect cake flavor for any fall event, especially during the holiday season! The deliciousness of the cake starts with the pecans that are toasted in browned butter. These butter-roasted pecans are then folded into the cake batter. Each cake layer is doused with maple-flavored simple syrup for a hint of maple flavor. It gets even better when it is paired with cream cheese frosting which adds a little bit of tang to the overall flavors. This cake is definitely a hit with my family, and it can be a hit for yours too!
The process for making this cake is pretty simple. You begin by roasting your chopped pecans in browned butter. I find that when you buy chopped pecans, the pieces are still too large for the cake. I like to put the pecans in a food processor and pulse until they are about pea-sized. While I process the pecans, I have the butter browning on a skillet, so when the pecans are chopped, the butter is almost ready. Roast the pecans in the browned butter until fragrant and slightly brown. This should take about 4 minutes. Spread them out on a baking sheet to cool.
The batter uses whipped sour cream to add moisture and airiness to the cake. I whip the sour cream until medium-stiff peaks form and then gently fold it into the milk. It’s important not to skip out on the sour cream, opt for the full-fat version of sour cream and whole milk for the best results.
Once the cakes are done baking, let them cool completely. This is a good time to wrap your cakes very well in plastic wrap and refrigerate them overnight if this cake is going to be a two-day project.
When you are ready to assemble your cake, make your maple simple syrup, and let it cool completely before brushing the cake layers with the syrup. Be sure to level off your cake layers because it will not only keep your stacked cake straight, it will also expose the pores of the cake, allowing the syrup to better absorb into the whole layer. I add about 4 Tablespoons to each 9-inch cake. Finally, when frosting the cake, sprinkle some roasted pecans between each layer for added texture. Have fun decorating this cake!
I would love to see your Maple Butter Pecan Cakes! Tag me in your pictures @beyondbakingwithamandajane and use the #beyondbakingwithamandajane! I look forward to seeing your creations!
Maple Butter Pecan Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line 3 9-inch round cake pans, and dust with a little flour.
Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is slightly browned, toss chopped pecans in the brown butter until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. Toss frequently to avoid burning. Pour out onto a parchment lined baking sheet to cool.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the sour cream until medium peaks form. Add the milk and set aside.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix well.
Mix in the flour alternating with the milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Be sure to not overmix during these steps, or the cake will be very dry.
Fold in the cooled roasted pecans. Divide the batter among the 3 prepared pans.
Bake for 20-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cakes cool completely.
For The Maple Simple Syrup:
In a small sauce pan, combine the water and sugar. Melt over medium-low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Stir in the maple extract and remove from heat. Let cool.
For The Cream Cheese Frosting:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip together the butter and cream cheese until very smooth.
Stir in the vanilla and powdered sugar.
– Level off each layer of cake to create a flat top, and brush about 4 Tablespoons of syrup onto each layer.
– Between each layer, sprinkle about 1/3 cup chopped pecans.
– You can also use the remaining chopped pecans for decorating the outside of the cake!
The perfect blend of banana bread, zucchini bread, and carrot cake; a simple taste of fall in a slice of bread!
It’s finally beginning to feel like fall! The weather is getting colder, days are getting shorter, the holiday season is here! Have you ever thought about combining your favorite fall flavors? My Hearty Harvest Autumn Bread is the perfect blend of banana bread, zucchini bread, and carrot cake. The loaf is super airy, moist, and delicious. The flavors all compliment each other very well, and the cinnamon pulls all the flavors together perfectly! This bread will be a crowd favorite!
This bread is so simple to make, anyone can do it! The recipe will make 2 loaves, or you can make one loaf and 6 muffins. I personally like to make the one loaf and 6 muffins so I could share the muffins with my neighbors and share the loaf with my family. However, you can choose which combination works best for you. I wouldn’t suggest combining everything into one loaf, though, because the batter will rise over and out of the pan.
Begin by preparing your 9×5 loaf pan(s) and/or cupcake tins. Grease the loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper, leaving an overhang over the sides for easy removal, and line the cupcake tins with cupcake liners. To begin, I like to mash my banana and shred my zucchini and carrot to set aside. Then, in a large bowl combine the sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder until just combined. Next, fold in the flour, mashed banana, shredded zucchini and carrot, and chopped pecans until just combined. Make sure to not over mix the batter or the loaf will be tough and dry. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan(s) and/or cupcake liners. Bake the cupcakes for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Bake the loaf for 45-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Keep an eye on the loaf during baking and cover with foil if the top becomes too dark to preserve the beautiful golden brown top.
This loaf can be served warm or at room temperature, for breakfast, or for dessert! Store in an air-tight, sealed container and enjoy! I would love to see your Hearty Harvest Autumn Bread creation! Tag me on Instagram @beyondbakingwithamandajane and use the #beyondbakingwithamandajane with your pictures!
1/2 cup banana, mashed (about 1 medium size banana)
1 cup zucchini, shredded (about 1 medium size zucchini)
1/2 cup carrot, shredded (about 1 medium size carrot)
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 2-9×5 loaf pans and line with parchment paper leaving excess hanging over the edge (or grease and line 1 loaf pan and line 6 muffin tins).
Mash the banana and shred the zucchini and carrot. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder until combined.
Fold in the flour, banana, zucchini, carrot, and chopped pecans until just combined, being careful not to over mix.
Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake loaves for 45-60 minutes (if the top begins to brown too much, finish baking with a piece of foil covering the bread), and bake the muffins for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. Let cool on a wire rack.
Fudgy yet cakey, rich chocolate brownies. Perfect for every type of brownie lover.
Over the years, I have started to perfect my brownie recipe. I have to admit, I used box brownie mix for a while because I thought that the box mix was comparable to homemade. Oh how very wrong I was. I liked the box mix because it was easy and fast, but I finally made a simple homemade brownie recipe that made me not want to use the box ever again.
This is a one-pot recipe that you do not want to miss. This brownie is neither 100% fudgy nor 100% cakey. It is a perfect mix of both and will satisfy all preferences, perfect for the holidays! I just recently perfected my recipe, and it was by accident. I was making brownies for my friends and me to snack on while we were catching up, but I did not have enough chocolate chips to stir into the batter like I used to do. So, I chopped up 4 oz. of milk chocolate and folded that into the batter. Something about it made these brownies to. die. for. The chopped chocolate bar is better than plain old chocolate chips because when you chop chocolate the chunks are all going to be different sizes. The small pieces melt throughout the brownie adding more richness while the larger chunks are large pockets of gooey chocolate. This chocolate adds a little bit of a fudgy texture to the cakey brownies. This is why it is so perfect.
It doesn’t matter what type of chocolate bar you decide to chop up. I just use whatever is around the house. I prefer to use milk chocolate because it adds a little more sweetness, and I have a huge sweet tooth. I also like to spice things up with flavored chocolate like milk chocolate hazelnut bars, caramel milk chocolate, and dark chocolate almond.
Overall, this brownie recipe is super easy and basic, but the chopped chocolate brought this recipe to a whole new level. You only use one pot and mix everything together. It takes less than 20 minutes to make the batter and you bake it for another 20. I can’t wait for you all to try it!
I would love to see your brownies! Tag me in your pictures @beyondbakingwithamandajane on Instagram and use the hashtag #beyondbakingwithamandajane!