This weeks TWD recipe was chosen by Tammy of Wee Treats by Tammy. Tammy chose the caramel peanut topped brownie cake from the cookbook Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. As you can see my brownie cake has neither caramel or peanuts on top. I decided to omit the topping and just do the brownie cake. I also added some almond extract to give it a unique flavor so it wouldn't be too bland without the scrumptious topping.
Why didn't I make the ooey gooey caramel with the crunchy peanuts for the topping? Mostly because I was planning to rid the leftovers of my yummy cake by making my husband take it to work and it would have been too messy to take it to work with the sticky caramel topping.
Dorie says in her cookbook that this desert is best served with something white and creamy so I served it with ice cream. I was severely disappointed, the cake was dry and bland next to the cold creamy ice cream. It wasn't satisfying at all. I tried the cake later without the ice cream and it tasted much better. It was still a little dry for my taste but I could actually taste the almond and chocolate flavoring and it was quite good.
The other substitution I made in this recipe is that I substituted honey for the light corn syrup that the recipe called for. I have never baked or cooked with corn syrup in my life and I don't plan to. I looked online and found that honey can be a suitable alternative. I think it went nicely with the cake.
Thank you Tammy for choosing this weeks recipe!
All-in-all, I don't think I will make this cake again. It didn't really remind me of brownies and it was too dry. I prefer my deserts to be moist and gooey and rich!