Summer continues and so does the need to limit your time in the kitchen, especially doing any baking or cooking. Still, the need for creating a “homemade dessert” remains for many people, especially for those who have consistently spoiled their family and friends with tasty dessert treats.
Julie Geary of Classic Cook Caterers, based in Gloucester, is a master at creating those desserts that people actually think are homemade. Even if they find out they are not, no one cares because they taste so good.
This recipe uses what are called “brownie bites,” which are small bite-sized morsels of regular brownie mix. They look like little cupcakes. You can turn just about any brownie mix into a brownie bite by cutting the cooking time, usually, by at least half. Check them before they are halfway through by inserting a toothpick into the center. The chocolate pudding is whatever you wish to use or you can make that as well. And of course you can make your own whipped cream or buy a topping, such as whipped cream in a can or a Cool Whip type mixture.
In either case, Geary recommends that you top the bites with your favorite chocolate or other sauces such as caramel. If you place the finished bites on the plate you can swirl the sauces around and “make it look like a professional did it,” she says.
1 packet of bite sized brownies
1 cup of chocolate or other flavor pudding
1 cup of whipped cream
1 bottle of chocolate syrup
1 bottle of caramel syrup
1. Use a melon baller or a small spoon to make indents on the top of the brownies. Add a small scoop of pudding to fill the indent.
2. Top pudding with desired amount of whipped cream.
3. Use the syrup bottles to drizzle chocolate and caramel syrup on the brownies.
These brownie bites are ready to serve and enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of Julie Geary, Classic Cooks Catering, 2012.