Presenting this week’s TWD recipe, Floating Islands:
Okay, just kidding. I skipped the floating islands, because I am all alone in the house this week and wanted to make a dessert I could easily share with other people. For some reason the idea of transporting creme anglaise, poached meringues, and decorative spun sugar strands into work wasn’t too appealing. So, as is often the case when confronted with a problem, I turned to chocolate. Specifically, Dorie’s Quintuple Chocolate Brownies.
These brownies have five, count them, five, kinds of chocolate in one recipe! The unsweetened and semi-sweet are melted into the batter, which also contains cocoa powder. The milk chocolate stays in chip form (and brings along some toasted pecan friends to add more texture) and the white chocolate is made into a ganache topping.
The white chocolate glaze seemed a little skimpy in spots, but I was worried that doubling it would add too much sweetness. So I made some semi-sweet ganache and added it on top. Once the brownies were set and cut, they seemed really playful and almost had a pop-art vibe to them. So, I decided to give them some cute outfits to go along with their look. (Why yes, I did recently go to Ikea, why do you ask?)
In addition to being lookers, the brownies tasted fabulous. The texture was pretty fudgy (just the way I like them!) but the milk chocolate chips and the pecans kept them from seeming too cloying or rich. If you’re a cakey brownie person this isn’t the recipe for you, but if you’re a “more is more” chocolate addict, you need to welcome quintuple chocolate brownies into your life.