Monday, October 26, 2009
Hope everyone had a nice weekend. I went to an Oktoberfest this past Saturday night and had a blast. I went with family and we stood from opening till closing. Needless to say it was a late night. My youngest son has discovered the chicken dance and the electric slide and loves it! He's definitely not as shy as I thought he was! The food however was lacking.....the bratwurst was okay but the potato pancakes and sauerkraut were barely edible. Desserts were another matter. There was a bakeshop there from Ohio who brought along fresh breads, pastries and German cakes. OMG...the black forest cake was to die for! Now THIS was the real thing. A huge assortment of German cakes and pastries and one was better than the next one. Thank God I wore off some of the calories dancing!
These brownies however would require hours of dancing to burn away any calories. I don't know how fattening they are but let's start off by saying they are another Deen family recipe, this one from Paula. I am going to tell my husband that this just has to stop. He wanted these brownies so badly and was telling me how she had put whipped cream on top of them and then for a vegetable so they would be healthy she added a mint leaf. When I saw this recipe I told him no way was whipped cream coming into the picture. Enough is enough!!! They are really, really good.....but a bit over the top since they contain 3 large chocolate bars in the middle!!!! I'd make them again but only for something special. They are too good and I could never have them around here long since I would just keep digging in and picking at them every time I'd pass them. They are also super easy to make since they are made from a brownie mix. If you don't like mixes and prefer home made brownies, I'm sure you could make your brownies the way you normally would and just add the layer of chocolate bars in the middle just like with a mix.......Be careful. They are addicting!
1 (17.6 ounce) package brownie mix with walnuts (I used a plain family size mix)
Vegetable oil cooking spray
3 (6 ounce) candy bars with almonds and toffee chips (recommended: Symphony brand)
Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions.
Line a 9x13 inch cake pan with aluminum foil and spray with vegetable oil cooking spray.
Spoon in half of the brownie batter and smooth with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Place the candy bars side by side on top of the batter. Cover with the remaining batter.
Bake according to package directions. Let cool completely, then lift from the pan using the edges of the foil. This makes it easy to cut the brownies into squares.