TWD: French Brownies

This week Di of Di's Kitchen Notebook sent us to visit Dorie in France, where a dense chocolate cake was taken for a brownie. A very decadent brownie, with rum soaked raisins in it.

Now I love brownies. And I love raisins. What I don't love is rum. I own some, a dark rum from the Dominican Republic, but I don't drink it.

Fortunately the timing of this choice coincided with my need to make something chocolate and decadent for my swim coach, as a thank you for 9 months of pushing me into becoming a swimmer. A slow swimmer, but still a swimmer. That in itself is a major achievement, so I wanted something special. Thanks Di! This was it!

I gave 3/4 of this to my coach, leaving only a bit behind for picture and my own tasting crew. They didn't really do anything for me, not bad, but not amazing. It's the rum, I'm sure. My 2 boys, on the other hand, loved them, and giggled that Mom was getting them drunk with the rum in it. And the husband said he thought the combination of raisins and a brownie was weird but it worked well together, so he liked them.

No idea how my coach liked them. I'll ask her when I see her in July.

I think I would like to try them again, keeping the raisins, but replacing the rum with something else, maybe a mint liquor? Or an orange. Oooh, maybe replacing the raisins with dried cranberries and using an orange liquor.

Next week we get to make La Palette’s Strawberry Tart. Or rather, I get to post about it. I've already made mine, making this the first TWD recipe that I made the day it was posted!

Don't forget to check out lots of other TWD posters, who are all listed over on the Tuesday's with Dorie website, found here!

24 comments:

Di said...

I'm glad the timing worked out well for you. And I'm in awe of the fact that you managed to make a recipe the day it was posted. I'm not sure that'll ever happen around here. =)

Peabody said...

That was nice of you to make them for the coach.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Congratulations on reaching your goal!

BC said...

I don't like rum either ... unless it's bananas foster or banana bread.

Jess said...

Congratulations on becoming a swimmer - and nice job on the brownies!

Engineer Baker said...

What a nice present for your coach!

ostwestwind said...

Lucky coach to get so nice looking brownies.

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Linda said...

I'm a swimmer (or used to be) myself, and I commend you for your commitment (know that at times it's not easy)! I'm sure your coach appreciated these brownies.

Rebecca said...

I'm sure the coach loved them. Nice gift!

Garrett said...

But...but...rum raisins are delicious. Sorry to hear that this didn't come out quite as well as you expected - definitely try again without the rum.

Shari said...

Way to go on becoming a swimmer, and what a nice way to treat yourself!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

PheMom said...

Congrats! I am terrified of the water but one of these days I'm going to get over it. Nice job on your brownies!

Dolores said...

What a thoughtful gift for your coach. And I'm with Di... I'll never have the honor of being the *first* one to complete an assignment or a challenge. :)

Susan of Bismarck's Favorite said...

Sorry you didn't care for the rum, but your idea of using orange liqueur sounds great!

Aardvark Cakes said...

Congratulations on becoming a swimmer! What a star pupil you are giving brownies to the teacher! Hx

Megan said...

Mint sounds like a great idea. Or maybe amaretto!
Thanks for playing along with the meme, I feel like I know you a little better now!

CB said...

ooohh mint liqueur would be yum! I am sure your coach appreciates! Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Rachel said...

What a sweetie you are! They look great, too!

Jacque said...

Lucky coach!! Good idea, you need milk to wash down all of that chocolate.

Chris said...

Great job on you accomplishment and your brownies!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Great job on your swimming accomplishment. These brownies look perfect!

CRS said...

Great timing indeed! I'm sorry you didn't like them, but hope your coach did!

Jayne said...

Great job with the brownies! And with the swimming. I need to get better at that myself. It's been a long time since I've peeked at that demon. Good for you - you should be really proud of yourself!

jasmine said...

Very nice of you to give some to your coach. But I agree with your husband...I wouldn't have thought to put raisins in brownies.

j