|They are way bigger than what Buddy made!|
Firstly I just wanted to say happy new years! We had a nice night, we went out to city hall for some outdoor skating. Then we came home and watched the TV specials and ate yummy stuff. We stayed up late, and I am so tired. Hubby is trying to fix the kitchen sink and I have about 100 cookies to bake today. So it should be a sort of busy day, but I plan to do it all in my PJ's so you know, it could be worse. So here is my first post for the year, since last year my most viewed post was a cake boss one, I did another one. So enjoy, and I look forward to a year full of yummies I can share. Oh and I need to win the lottery, so you know, I am being realistic about my new year.
So I made Cake Boss Cookies a while back. They were the most tasty cookie I have had in a long time. I think mine looked ugly, but seriously I have thought about making them again every day since. I plan to try and make mini ones this year. You know mini makes them less calories and makes for a good new years resolution right?
Anyway when I first got the new cake boss book, this recipe for Brownie Walnut Bites was what jumped out at me. I loved the fact that they had very few ingredients and that they looked somewhat easy. The only problem being that Hubby cannot be in the house when I bake with nuts, the smell bothers him. He is allergic, which is good and bad. Good because I get to eat all the things I make with nuts without sharing. Bad because he could die, you know because I need him around to take out the garbage and stuff. So I cannot use nuts while he is home. So when I had a free evening and Hubby took my son with him to a party, I was so excited! I had plans people, and they involved baking with nuts. I know, my life is boring. You don't have to tell me.
|All ready to go! Please ignore the double lemon juice thingies, I will learn to photo shop one day. Not today obviously.|
Brownie Walnut Bites
From Baking with the Boss
Set oven to 325 (I did it at 300 since I have a convection oven)
-3 extra large egg whites
-1/2 TSP lemon juice
-1 1/2 cups icing sugar
-1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 1/2 cups walnut halves
Whip egg whites and lemon juice for 2 minutes on low, then on high for 5 minutes until still peaks form.
Sift dry ingredients and fold into the egg whites.
Fold in the walnut and mix until they are all covered.
Place spoonfuls on parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 12-18 minutes, until the bottoms pull away from the paper.
So to start I got set up with all my ingredients, which was not much. A few eggs, sugar, lemon juice, walnuts and cocoa powder. I also put my mixing bowl in the sink, filled it with hot water and some white vinegar. I put my whip attachment and spatula in and let them sit while I got everything measured. When you are working with egg whites, you need a grease free bowl and whisk or you may not be able to get your eggs to whisk up as they should.
|I may have over beat the egg whites, maybe just a little.|
|Right about here I was ready to give up, it looked just wrong.|
|A little better but I over mixed them, as usual, and they really deflated.|
|I could not get a nice shape, so they turned into puddles.|
|They set up nicely when they were baked.|
|I am very happy with how they looked.|
|The picture is horrible, but you can sort of see how chewy the inside was.|
I think they are nice and light, not heavy like a brownie. I have not found anything else in the book I want to try yet, so we will see. I have a tonne of other cook books to look through, oh and I scored a cake mix book. Right up my alley, all recipes start with a cake mix. Remember if you have to crack an egg, it is home made!
So thanks so much to all my readers and my followers, I really get a little thrill when I see a new follower and comments, I get giddy. I am a dork I know:) I hope this year brings me some great things to share, maybe a new big kitchen aid ( a girl can dream) and you know, a happy healthy family. But you know where my priorities are, I can admit it. Happy new years all.