Thursday, August 1, 2013

Banana Brownies with Cinnamon Caramel Glaze

So yeah, I'm not really that much into brownies..
*oh man, this is good*
I mean, nothing against them, they're just kinda...
*no seriously, this is really good*
boring, you know? There's no filling
*oh man...nomnomnom*
there's only the most basic frosting
*may I have more? why yes I may!*
and you can't even really make them that pretty

Ok I give up. You can't make brownies pretty but you can make them so insanely delicious that you don't even look at them too hard because they're already in your face man they're in your mouth and your mouth is like
At laaaaaaaaaast! Sweet mystery of life I have fooooound yoooooouuu!
Just one bite...
Which is what I imagine Madeline Kahn's character sings upon meeting (read: sleeping with) the Monster in Young Frankenstein.  I don't remember what the words are exactly because it's been a few years since I've seen the movie. It used to be the go-to movie for my best friend and I; feel like sewing, knitting, working a jigsaw puzzle, hitting up a crossword, cleaning out the rabbit cage, and you want something on the TV to keep you company? Put in Young Frankenstein.  "Roll, roll, roll in ze hay!"

Ok, maybe two.

Yeah. Brownies. These things. They're awesome. Recipe slightly modified from Averiecooks.comMakethesenow!


1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
6 ounces of greek yogurt or sour cream (we used vanilla greek yogurt)
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 large bananas
1 box of chocolate or banana instant pudding mix (3.9oz; not Cook & Serve)
1/3 cup & 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup of chocolate chips
3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 pinch of salt
1½ teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
2 cups of powdered sugar

-The brownies
1) Set the oven to 350º. Remove any stickers from the bananas, place them on a cookie sheet (skins on), and put them in the preheating oven.
2) Melt the butter completely in the microwave (takes about a minute, minute & a half).
3) Combine the melted butter, both sugars, egg, yogurt, and vanilla in your large mixing bowl, and mix well until uniform in color & texture.
4) When the banana skins are completely black, carefully get them out of the oven. With a sharp knife, carefully slice the skins open. Using a spoon, pull out all the warm mushy banana goodness and get this into your mixing bowl. (Throw away the skins.) Mix it in.
5) Now mix in the pudding powder, the cocoa powder, and then finally the chocolate chips.
6) Pour the flour, baking soda, & salt on top, then slowly mix until just combined. Batter will be thick & fluffy.
7) Scoop the mix out into an 8x8 or 9x9 pan that has been greased or sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350º for 40 to 45 minutes.  Brownies are done when they hardly wiggle anymore.  Set the pan on a cooling rack to cool.

-The glaze
1) In a small saucepan, melt the butter on medium-low.
2) Once melted, add the brown sugar. Whisk continuously until it comes to a boil, then continue boiling & whisking for 2 minutes.
3) At the 2-minute mark, remove the pan from heat, and allow it to sit for 1 minute.
4) After 1 minute, add the milk. Keep whisking.
5) Add the vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Keep whisking.
6) Add the powdered sugar. Keep whisking until you get a nice thick, consistent glaze.  Pour this on cooled, room-temp brownies. (If the brownies are too hot, the glaze will just melt right in.)

I am seriously in love with this glaze. We all know how I am about caramel, and this glaze is, as my favorite aunt says, to die for. Simply the best ever.  On top of brownies that are thick and dense and so very soft and moist...  yeah.  Yeah.  It's that good.

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