Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Salted Carmel Brownie Bites


If you follow me on Twitter, you know I attempted to make salted caramel brownie bites on Saturday. I thought the juxtaposition between salty and sweet would be really good (popcorn and m&ms anyone?)

I was super excited to try these 'cause I like caramel, I like brownies, and I like salt. There's just something about the smell of brownies baking in the oven - it brings back good childhood memories.

They were super easy to make:

1.Prepare your favorite brownie mix ( I used a Ghiradelli double chocolate one 'cause that's what we had)
2.Pour the brownie batter into mini muffin cups, do not fill them all the way. I did, thinking that brownies don't rise all the way to the top, but they got pretty close. Leave just a tiny space before the top of the mini cupcake liner.
3. Bake the brownies. Because  my mix does not give me a baking time for mini muffin tins, I started out with a timer at 10 minutes and kept checking on them so they didn't burn. I'd guess they ended up baking closer to 16 minutes.
4. As the brownies are cooling, push down in the middle with the back of a fork or spoon, you kind of want a pool for the caramel.

5. Melt the  caramel. The directions I used said to melt the caramel according to the package directions. The caramel cubes I used had three different melting directions: one for caramel apples, caramel popcorn (yum!) and something else. I decided to follow the directions for apples.
6.My directions said to put the caramel in a microwave-safe bowl for 2.5 minutes and to stir it after every 30 seconds. DO NOT do it that way - too high of a temp will make your caramel hard after it cools. Next time, I will probably stir after every 10 seconds. (So I guess the step above telling you to melt based on directions is false, huh?)
7.Once your caramel is melted, drip some into the little pool you made in each brownie.
8. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top (because I didn't want to touch the salt, I tried to gently shake a little from the container. Bad idea, some of them got too much salt. Wash your hands and pinch a few pieces of salt on the caramel.) 
9.Voila! you have salted caramel brownie bites, and a yummy smelling kitchen.

If I were to do this again (which I know I will - I'm determined to get them perfect,) I would:
a) Not melt the caramel too quickly on too high of a temperature 
and
b) Not pool so much caramel. 
When you ate them, the brownie and caramel separated so you ended up gnawing on this tough chunk of caramel for awhile. I thought the caramel would be softer like the caramel cubes I used, and I thought it would drizzle a little more, so that's what I'll strive for next time.

If you end up trying this recipe PLEASE tell me how they turned out.

PS
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3 comments:

  1. Um, yumm!!! I soooo need - er, want - to try these this weekend. Sounds super yummy...I took all my pics over the weekend. I need to type up my post tonight...I am including your sweet ass giveaway too. 'Cuz it has just ROCKED my world.

    Love ya, Meli

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  2. If you wanna send some my way I wont complain :)

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  3. The look delicious though! Even if you did have to gnaw ;)

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