Welcome to the Alpha Bakers bake-a-long, an online project where a group of food bloggers bake our way through The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Most of the recipes made during this project will not be shared, but I will post my commentary followed by a full photo tutorial.
This week's selection - Woody's Black and White Brownies - rich brownies topped with a layer of white chocolate buttercream followed by a layer of chocolate ganache. I opted to omit the pecans from this recipe.
How do they taste - Divine! The brownies would be fine on their own, but the added white chocolate buttercream and chocolate ganache take them over the top (in a very good way!).
How do they look - Scrumptious - how could anyone turn down such beautiful brownies? Allowing them to chill completely is essential - I found 1 hour wasn't quite long enough for the white chocolate buttercream and ganache layers to fully set up.
Level of difficulty - Intermediate, but quite doable.
Were the directions clear - Yes.
What would I do differently next time - Try to blend the cream cheese into the brownie batter better. Although the flavor of cream cheese blobs don't negatively affect the brownies, I don't really like they way they look.
Also, I'm so smitten with the white chocolate buttercream and ganache layers, I wouldn't be opposed to reducing the brownie layer by half to get a higher ratio of toppings to brownie. Yum!
Okay, here's my photo tutorial.
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