I subscribe to quite a few culinary magazines; however, I don’t have a lot of free time, so they usually get filed into magazine organizers without much use. Sure I thumb through them and randomly mark pages with post-it notes, but inevitably the sit around and collect dust. For some reason, I just can’t bring myself to cancel the subscriptions.
However, this month’s issue of Food & Wine struck my fancy and I have since made three desserts from their delectable May recipe index. The first recipe that caught my eye were these Espresso-Shortbread Brownie Bars, so I decided to make them as a perfect ending to a family dinner of five-cheese manicotti.
The recipe is pretty straightforward and the espresso shortbread crust is a cinch to prepare in a food processor. When I first placed the shortbread crust into the pan, I thought there was no way I could get it to cover the entire bottom of pan. However, after a little patience and a lot of spreading, it worked out just fine. The only adjustment I made to this recipe was to use espresso powder as opposed to ground espresso beans, but my guess is they are pretty darn similar. I would definitely kick up the espresso powder amount as it was only slightly detectable in the finished product.
Although this recipe is not a new household fave, it is definitely a good recipe and a nice twist on traditional brownies. Brian prefers his brownies to be all ooey and gooey and these definitely do not fit that description. Personally, I was a big fan of the buttery espresso flecked shortbread crust.
Bottom Line? Are the decadent? Yes. Would I make them again? With so many other recipes out there to experiment with, I doubt I will give these a second try. I hope you have a delicious day and if you decide to give these a whirl, definitely come back and let me know your results!
Thursday 1st of July 2010
do you think i could use the boxed brownie mix for the top part and keep the mocha shortbread base as is?
Tuesday 29th of June 2010
Amazingly enough, i did this recipe and for some odd reason, the brownie topping just wouldn't harden! It remained goey ... and my friends and family just loved it! I can send Brian a piece ;) Just wonder why it came out goey, I even kept it in the oven for 15 more minutes and it still didn't harden?!? I love your blog & recipes, as soon as i see a new one, i rush off to give it a shot :)
Tuesday 25th of May 2010
These look delicious. Hoping to make them this weekend!
Monday 24th of May 2010
These look amazing. Your pictures always make me wanna try your recipes. As for the stacked up magazines. I have the same problem. I literally have 1 drawer in the kitchen that's overflowing with years old Bon Apetits that I have yet to go through. But I don't want to throw them out because I know I'll get through them... some day.
Monday 24th of May 2010
Oh goodness! These brownie bars look perfect. What great photos!