Many of the recipes I found in pregnancy books didn’t inspire me.Â I figure most women, like me, know their preferred preparations for healthy food and aren’t about to race to the kitchen to try a recipe for a chickpea and nut loaf.Â More interesting to me were the craving recipes â€“ unabashed celebrations of the whims of the prenatal palate.Â
One of my favorites is this recipe for Sweet & Salty Cravings Brownies.Â You may hate me for giving you this recipe, so forgive me in advance. These brownies are so insanely good that it is impossible not to overindulge in them.Â Considering the source, it’s no surprise.Â The mommy who handed over the secret recipe is none other than Trish Karter, owner of the very outstanding Dancing Deer Baking Company.Â (If you aren’t familiar with their baked bits of heaven, visit www.dancingdeer.com and get ready to drool.)Â She says, “For ultimate satisfaction, you can stir in 1 to 1 Â½ cups of your favorite add-in cravings.Â Some yummy ones are bittersweet or white chocolate chips (or both), bits of dried apricots, cherries, and cranberries, and chopped toasted nuts, especially walnuts, almonds, and cashews.”
Sweet & Salty Cravings Brownies
Makes 20 brownies
1 Â½ cups Dutch cocoa powder
Â¾ cup all-purpose flower
1 tsp kosher salt
Â¾ tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 sticks (16 ounce / 450 g) butter
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 8-ounce (225 g) jar caramel sauce or dulce de leche (a caramel-like dessert sauce available at Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â specialty supermarkets and Latin food stores; optional)
Sea salt to taste
- Start with all the ingredients at room temperature, preheat over to 350Â°F (180Â°C), and grease a 9-inch (23 cm) square baking pan.
- In a bowl, stir together cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.Â Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle beater, beat the eggs and sugar on high speed until very thick and more than double in volume, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Reduce mixer speed to low, add the dry ingredients, butter, and vanilla.Â Beat until just blended.Â Pour the batter in to the prepared pan and spread evenly.
- Bake until brownies are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
- Cut into 20 pieces.Â For over-the-top yumminess, spoon or pour a generous serving of caramel sauce or dulce de leche over each brownie, and garnish each with a pinch of salt.
What are some of your favorite craving foods?Â Any foods or recipes that really hit the spot for you?
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