The flavors of almond and coffee blend beautifully in these moist and chewy bars.
Espresso Almond Blondies
A touch of espresso glaze adds an extra punch of flavor but can be omitted for a simpler treat. (Chocolate icing would be a welcome enhancement instead.) Rich with chocolate chips, these bars would do well packed in a picnic or in your office lunchbox.
Here’s the recipe for Espresso Almond Blondies.
Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge Squares
No lunch box brownie, these sophisticated bars, with subtle hazelnut undertones, resemble chocolate truffles or firm ganache. The Love’n Bake Hazelnut Praline adds nuttiness to the flavor of the bars, which are enhanced with two kinds of chocolate. (Use the best quality chocolate you can find.)
To retain their fudgy quality, bake these bar at a steady low temperature until set and the surface is lightly and uniformly dry. (Touch the surface with your fingertip; if some batter sticks, cool a few minutes longer.) Once cooled and portioned, the bars will keep for a week in the refrigerator or up to a month in the freezer. Just remember to let them warm slightly before serving. (We owe credit to the book Chocolate Obsession by Fran Gage for inspiring this recipe.)
Here is the Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge Square recipe.
In the northern hemisphere, September 22 marks the autumn equinox, the moment when daylight and darkness are in balance. Before we slip into the shorter days of autumn, it is time to enjoy the last of the season’s bounty.
Nectarines and peaches have been plentiful this year. This month we’ve stuffed and baked them with an almond filling for a simple dessert or brunch dish. And for lovers of the combination of chocolate and almonds, we have a recipe for a memorably fudgy double chocolate almond brownie.
Bakes Stuffed Nectarines
FROM OUR RECIPE BOX – Baked Nectarines with Orange Almond Filling
Apricots, peaches, plums and nectarines lend themselves to baking. The oven’s heat brings out their rich aromas. Fresh breadcrumbs give the filling a light tender texture. This filling is made by grinding sliced bread in a food processor. Crumbs from a plain white or butter cake would also be delicious but you might like to reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup to compensate for the added sweetness.
Select ripe fruits for the best flavor. Old world stone ware and heavy gauge ceramic makes great bakeware because it conducts a slow steady heat into foods. In the case of these nectarines, the steady heat helps cook the fruit gently while the crust browns. Delicious straight from the oven, these baked stuffed nectarines keep in the refrigerator for a day or two and can be reheated before serving.
Baked Nectarines with Orange Almond Filling
FROM OUR RECIPE BOX – Almond Fudge Brownies
Almond Fudge Brownies
There is a surprising complexity to a brownie that is made with a combination of chocolates. Unsweetened bitter chocolate contributes richness and cocoa powder an intense deep chocolaty taste. You’d think that the almond flavor would be overpowered. Instead the almond paste contributes its delicate aroma and creamy texture to these sophisticated brownies.
If you’re a fan of sweet and salty, toss the ground almonds with a pinch of kosher salt before sprinkling them on the batter.
Almond Fudge Brownies