...peanut butter and butternut squash, but not all in the same dish.
While the boys were at school and a stiff, chilly wind was blowing, I warmed the house by baking the latest treat from the CLBB to tempt me. Val, one of the resident bakers who frequents the CLBB, posted a recipe for peanut butter brownies. Mmmmm......peanut butter. I happened to have some Hain Turbinado Sugar in my cabinets, just sitting there. Here was the perfect opportunity to finally use up this little bag that's been hanging around for quite a while - me not quite willing to toss it out, but not sure what to do with it either. So, why not peanut butter brownies?
Oh, my, these are really good. I doubled the recipe and baked them in a 9x13-inch pan for about 30 minutes and they seem to have turned out perfectly. They have a nice dense, chewy texture - just what I like in brownie. I did have to substitute a scant 1/2 cup of granulated sugar for a 1/2 cup of the turbinado or raw sugar and that seems to have worked just fine. My mind is already churning over a couple of minor tweaks that might add to these brownies.
this recipe when I stumbled on it in my Williams-Sonoma catalogue. I may not be able to afford most of the stuff in the catalog, but I CAN make the recipes. In typical fashion, I forgot to check the recipe before going to the grocery store, so I came home with the butternut squash, but not the rosemary or sage. Not to worry, I just substituted a bit of these herbs in their dried states. Not as good as fresh, but worth a try.
Oh my again. This is one of those recipes that entirely lived up to my expectations. It's fantastic. I did tweak a bit here and there. For one thing, I've made several risottos and 7 tablespoons of butter seemed excessive. I scaled it back to 2 tablespoons and the risotto was still plenty rich and flavorful. It is a little on the sweet side, in part because of the caramelized onions, but I wouldn't change a thing.
Mmmmm....what a tasty way to spend the day inside while the wind roared outside.
Tags: butternut squash, risotto, peanut butter, brownies, recipe