Brownie Baked Alaska for Two

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Brownie Baked Alaska for Two

Brownie Baked Alaska for Two

This recipe is two-fold. One fold….February 1st is National Baked Alaska Day. Two fold…..it’s almost Valentines Day.

My first cookbook was the orange covered Betty Crocker, and to me it was a glorious collection of fascinating foods. The recipes were a far cry from the blue box mac & cheese and hamburgers that we ate frequently when I was a kid. Fancy food was not on our menu.

Brownie Baked Alaska for Two

Inside that orange cover was my first venture into what I thought at the time was fancy food. I actually made the Baked Alaska recipe when I was about 17, and thought I was the best baker ever. It turned out really good for a first attempt. Fast forward …..quite a few years. I think I may have made it one more time, but it was not a regular recipe. Continue reading “Brownie Baked Alaska for Two”

Caramel Pecan Crockpot Brownies

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Winter still has a grip on us, so how about a warm gooey easy crock pot dessert? Caramel Pecan Crockpot Brownies!

Caramel Pecan Crockpot Brownies

I have never “baked” anything in the crockpot before……who knew??? It really, really worked…….who-da thunk it??? Continue reading “Caramel Pecan Crockpot Brownies”

Cranberry Orange Brownies

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Cranberries and orange…….a match made in heaven…….or in Cranberry Orange Brownies!

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Tart ruby red and delicious cranberries, harvested from bogs when cold weather arrives and available throughout the winter months. Fresh cranberries are a signature fresh fruit of autumn and early winter.

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The combination of tart cranberries sweetened with oranges, another fruit of winter, is a classic flavor pairing in baking.

Blond brownies are a tasty treat in their own right, but add the tart of the cranberry and sweet bright citrus of the orange, and you have a fall dessert treat that is sure to please.

A basic brownie batter…butter, sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla, a bit of orange flavoring, those beautiful berries, and orange zest. Sprinkled with a bit of my favorite turbaned sugar that gives a nice sugary crunch to the top. Baked to a perfect golden brown.

Cranberry Orange Bownies are gooey, chewy, tart and sweet. The perfect fall dessert!

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Cranberry Orange Brownies


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange flavor extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cups fresh cranberries, divided
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Instructions

  1. Beat the butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla, and orange flavoring and beat again. Sift together the salt, baking powder, and flour. Slowly beat into the butter mixture. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the cranberries, and orange zest by hand.
  2. Spread the batter in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the extra 1/4 cup cranberries and turbinado sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in a sealed container.

Notes

made mine in a smaller pan for a thicker brownie. Adjust baking time if using a smaller pan.