TWD: Caramel Peanut- Topped Brownie Cake
YAY! This is my first Tuesdays with Dorie post! I have been wanting to join this group of bakers for awhile- I always get really excited on Tuesdays because they all post such beautiful pictures of their weekly bake from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Well last week I went out to Barnes and Noble and (using my husband's gift card which he received for his birthday-bad wife!) purchased my very own copy of the exquisite and very heavy cookbook.
This week's recipe was selected by Tammy of Wee Treats by Tammy and you can find the recipe for Caramel Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake on her blog. I, like so many other TWD bakers, was pretty nervous when I saw that this week's recipe involved homemade caramel as the star component of the cake. I watched my mom make caramel once for a caramel pie and I all that I remember is that it involved a water bath, a candy thermometer, and a lot of sweating. Well, I am happy to report that this was nothing like that!
The cake was very easy and straightforward to throw together. It really tastes and feels like a brownie- it is a little drier though- but I feel like that is on purpose so that it can support the weight of all of those peanuts covered in caramel (it also soaks up a bit of the hot caramel- heaven!).
Here's the big surprise- the caramel part was easy too! Now I'll be honest- I watched the sugar like HAWK! I never left the stovetop. And it took about 27 minutes (not 5-10 as Dorie suggests) to turn to the desired deep amber color.
I was so pleased with the flavor, texture, and lovely color! The cake got rave reviews from everyone who tasted it- I will definitely be making this again- it would be great to serve for dessert at a dinner party.