Wednesday, September 23, 2015

White Chocolate Brownies

Today is White Chocolate Day. By definition, white chocolate is not actually chocolate.White chocolate doesn't contain any cocoa solids (chocolate liquor) and does not have 'chocolate' flavor. But I like the unique creamy flavor that good white chocolate does have -- of course it depends on the brand and that varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. (see below) 

White chocolate contains cocoa butter, a product of the cocoa bean used to make chocolate. White chocolate that's used in baking and candy making is a blend of milk, cocoa butter, sugar and often vanilla. The same ingredients you'll find in milk chocolate, except without the cocoa. If you are going to bake with white chocolate, make sure to buy the very best. Cheap white chocolate often has the cocoa butter replaced by vegetable fat. Check the ingredients on the package. It should have a cacao percentage just as good dark and milk chocolate bars do.

Examples of good white chocolate:

E. Guittard has 31% Cacao White Chocolate wafers. Great for baking (and eating).
Green & Black's White Chocolate uses cocoa butter, pressed directly from the crushed cocoa beans. They also use a blend of milk and Bourbon vanilla. Available in 3.5 oz bars.
Divine makes an awesome White Chocolate Bar. All natural without coloring or preservatives. 
Askinosie has a bean to bar white chocolate and uses goat's milk instead of cow's milk. The main ingredient in their white chocolate is 34% natural, non-deodorized cocoa butter. The cocoa butter is pressed in their factory, and they are the first small-batch chocolate maker to do this. After pressing the beans to create the cocoa butter, they combine them with goat's milk powder and organic cane juice, and then craft it for days in their 85-year old German melanguer, making their white chocolate one of the only single origin white chocolates in the world. It has a very unique buttery/nutty flavor, less sweet than many other white chocolate.
Merckens chocolate makes a great 2 pound bar, terrific for baking (or eating). Available through King Arthur Flour
Trader Joe's has good (and inexpensive) white chocolate for baking, as well as terrific white chocolate chips.

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Because it's comprised mainly of cocoa butter, white chocolate can be used in so many ways. Check past posts for White Chocolate Mashed Potatoes,  White Chocolate Coffee Cake, White Chocolate Truffles and a host of other white chocolate candies and baked goods.

WHITE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

Ingredients
8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1 Tbsp Madagascar vanilla extract
1/2 cup sweet butter, softened
1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 eggs
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup white sugar
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan.
Melt white chocolate and butter in the top of double boiler, over simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth. Set aside to cool.
In large bowl, using electric mixer, beat eggs until foamy. With mixer running, gradually add sugar and vanilla. Slowly add melted white chocolate mixture.
Combine flour and salt; Add white chocolate mixture using rubber spatula.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.
Bake for 25 minutes in preheated oven, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
Cool pan on wire rack.
Cut into squares.

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