Monday, February 28, 2011

Baking With Dorie: Brownie Buttons

It's been a year of Baking With Dorie. And what fun it has been: to get to know everyone in our small group & to bake through this wonderful book that I can't praise enough for the simplicity of its' recipes. It is absolutely, hands down, the best baking book I have ever used. Whether you are an amateur or a seasoned baker, this book is for you & I think everyone should own a copy!

These Brownie Buttons are, in Dorie's words, sensational. Fudgy yet light as air. Perfect for an any-time snack or a kids' party. I made mine with whole-wheat flour today:

Brownie Buttons

Grated zest of 1/2 orange (optional)
1 tsp sugar (optional)
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp all purpose flour
pinch of salt
1/2 stick butter, cut into 4 pieces
2.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 large egg

For the glaze:
2 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
Lightly butter two mini-muffin pans, each with a dozen cups, and place them on a baking sheet. 

If you are using the zest, combine the zest and sugar in a small  bowl rubbing them between your fingertips to blend; set aside. Whisk together salt and flour. 

Melt the butter, chocolate and brown sugar in a medium-sized heavy bottomed saucepan over very low heat, stirring frequently with a heatproof spatula and keeping an eye on the pan so nothing overheats or burns. When the mixture is smooth, remove from the heat and cool for a minute or two. 

Stir the vanilla, egg and zest into the chocolate mixture. When the mixture is well-blended, add the flour and stir only till it is incorporated. You should have a smooth, glossy batter. 

Spoon batter into 16 muffin cups, using about a teaspoon of batter to fill each cup 3/4 full. Put 1 tsp of water in each empty cup. 

Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the tops of the buttons spring back when touched. Transfer pans to racks to cool for 3 minutes before releasing the buttons. Cool to room temperature. 

To make the glaze: Melt the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir constantly and don't leave the chocolate for even a minute. As soon as it is smooth, remove from heat. 

One by one dip the tops of the buttons in the chocolate, twirling the buttons so that you get a little swirl. Refrigerate 15 mins to set the glaze. 

Happy 1st Anniversary to all my fellow bakers! Thanks for being part of BWD this past year. 

Please check out the blogroll here to see everyone else's take on these adorable brownie buttons. Next up we're baking Honey Nut Scones. If you'd like to be part of our baking challenge, please drop me an email at needfulthings at ymail dot com. We'd love to have you bake along with us!


Bizzy said...

Happy First, Grapefruit. We have done well and I anticipate, we are going to do even better. Happy baking.

laurie said...

Your buttons look cute! I had alot of fun making them. Can't wait for the next bake!

tina_bakes said...

we both used tiny sprinkles!! :)

Happy 1st anniversary my dear!! Thanks for being such a great founder/leader/administrator!! Looking forward to more bakes with the group!

rebecca said...

I love the sprinkles; they had a certain whimsy to the buttons.

Grapefruit said...

Thank you all for your comments!
Tina - you & I do so many things the same way lately. It always hits me with a huge surprise when I go over to your blog and see the photos ;-)

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

I loveee the sprinkles too , they add the cute factor :-)
Ur buttons are pretty!
Thannxx for bringing to us Baking with DOrie, i have joined jus a bit back but am totally enjoying it, sooo muc and looking forward for lods more..

Sage Trifle said...

These look very cute and sound very tasty. Congratulations to your baking group!

Beth said...

Happy anniversary! Those brownie buttons look adorable. All of Dorie's recipes are amazing!

Nammi said...

yummm, looks delicious, and cute!

croquecamille said...

Those brownie buttons are so cute - I bet they'd be a very welcome addition in a sack lunch!

Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) said...

My son and I baked tonight and we were eying this recipe in dorie's book. We ended up making peanut butter crisscross cookies which were great. Will have to try these some other time!

I Wilkerson said...

Brownies are great in the first place and frosting them just puts them over the top! Your kids must think you are the best mom ever!

Shelley said...

These are so cute- great job! Love Baking with Dorie. You've reminded me I need to pick it up more often.

Bizzy said...

I thought it might be appropriate for you to link this up to my new linky since this was our anniversary bake.


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