I was perusing ‘my blogs’ earlier this week, and when I clicked on Peabody’s .
She had this most amazing looking brownie/marshmallow/rice crispy treat thing staring at me.
It looked a little bit like this.
She had modified a recipe, and I modified her modifications just a bit more…’cause I can.
I asked the boy if he wanted to participate in making this. <—–sounded more like “Son, you want to make this for me, so I can photograph it and put it on my blog.” He wanted to put it on his blog, but I called dibs first.
I really hope you don’t mind doing dishes, ’cause this recipe uses a lot of bowls.
And a lot of whisking.
The recipe says to take chocolate, butter and unsweetened chocolate and melt it over a double boiler.
Why do that when you can do it quicker in the microwave?
This is what it looks like after 1 minute in the microwave, and we are going to pretend that this picture is ‘supposed’ to be blurry.
I like living in a state of DeNile.
Give it a stir.
Pop that bowl back in for another 30 seconds and you have this.
This is 30 seconds more. So, in 2 minutes we have done what would have taken about 5-10 in a double boiler.
I love short cuts.
Set this aside to cool.
In another bowl, whisk your dry ingredients together.
Get out yet another bowl and whisk eggs together.
And vanilla to the eggs.
And whisk again.
Add chocolate to the egg mixture and whisk.
Stir the dry ingredients into your chocolate/egg mixture.
Fold in some more chocolate.
Pour into a well greased 9×13, and bake for 25-30 minutes.
This is where the problems began for us. You see, I have been babying my turkey roaster that I have sitting on my front porch that I bake everything in during the summer summer kitchen for the entire summer. It began to conk out on us last fall, and it has been on life support for about a month now.
During the baking of these brownies, it breathed baked it’s last.
Only we didn’t know it had died.
The middle is supposed to be slightly undercooked, because we are going to stick it back in the roaster oven, but it came out soupy. Very. soupy.
Back outside we went, checking the dial, making sure it hadn’t come unplugged, begging it not leave us. Summer is almost over, then it can die. We still needed it.
The funeral was Tuesday when the trash men came and picked it up.
The recipe calls for mini-marshmallows.
I like marshmallows. I like to eat them plain. I like them roasted. I like them on s’mores. I like them in my hot chocolate.
But for brownies, this is what I like.
It melts smoother, and doesn’t have that ‘chewie-stick-to-your-teeth’ thing going on.
Spoon your lovely fluff on your almost but not quite baked brownies.
Spoon licking may or may not have occurred at this point.
I’ll never tell.
Spread, and pop back into your oven. Not your summer kitchen, but the fall-winter-spring oven that is now heating up your entire previously cooled house.
Now we can make the topping.
Put some more chocolate, some peanut butter, and butter into a sauce pan.
Melt this over low heat.
I didn’t put this in the microwave, because I wasn’t sure how the peanut butter would do. That, and I couldn’t convince the boy to do it either.
Stir in some rice cereal, and set this aside while your brownies are doing their thing in the oven.
Pour this over your fluff, and spread it out.
Now comes the really hard part.
It has to chill.
In the refrigerator.
A long time.
Marshmallow Crunch Brownies
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 2/3 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, divided
- 1 ¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 jar marshmallow fluff
- 1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 ½ cups rice cereal
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate, butter, and ¾ cup of the semisweet chocolate chips for 1 minute. Stir. 30 seconds, stir. If needed, another 30 seconds. Set aside and cool for 5 minutes.
In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, place the eggs and whisk thoroughly. Add in the sugar and vanilla. Whisk the chocolate into the egg mixture.
Stir in the dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the remaining ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into pan, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the corner of the pan comes out with moist crumbs.
Remove the brownies from the oven, and spread fluff over top. Return the pan to the oven for 3 more minutes.
While the brownies are baking, place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a medium saucepan.
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until melted. Remove from heat, add the cereal,and mix well.
Allow this to cool for 3 minutes or so.
Spread the mixture evenly over the marshmallow layer. Refrigerate until chilled before cutting.
These are simply wonderful.
Make mine, or go check out Peabody’s recipe, but make them. You won’t be sorry.