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9 Brownie Recipes to Try at home!

9 Brownie Recipes to Try at home!

It was a hot, humid, Brisbane weekend so the best thing to do was enjoy a Cold Press Coffee, surf the web and flick through some magazines. Of course, with our now ten year love affair with brownies, researching brownies was high on our agenda! Here are a few of the brownie ideas we came across and thought worth sharing. Everything from a Frozen Brownie Sundae through to the  Blonde Butterscotch Brownie, there’s a brownie choice  for everyone.

We love brownies and blogs are great sources of recipes and ideas, so enjoy the Brownie works of these creative bloggers.Fudge Nut Brownies.

Fudge Nut Brownies

The recipe > Fudge Nut Brownies

It is a moist and melting in mouth recipe that you’ll love and enjoy!

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

The recipe > Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Glossy brownie batter that is topped with lots of nuts. Gooey and yummy!

Nutty Chocolate Chip Brownies

Nutty Chocolate Chip Brownies

Nutty Chocolate Chip Brownies

The recipe > Nutty Chocolate Chip Brownies

If you are looking for a scrumptious easy dessert, these nutty chocolate chip brownies stuffed with chocolate chips and walnuts will make you weak at the knees.

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Cheesecake Brownie Squares

Cheesecake Brownie Squares

The recipe > Cheesecake Brownie Squares

The brownie that your family will love. This ooey-gooey brownies are a definite crowd-pleaser.

Caramel Brownies

Caramel Brownies

Caramel Brownies

The recipe > Caramel Brownies

These are rich, chewy brownies that are full of gooey caramel, chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts. Yummy!

 

Speedy Brownies

Speedy Brownies

Speedy Brownies

The recipe > Speedy Brownies

Since you just combine all the ingredients together for these brownies, they take very little time to prepare. There’s no mistaking the homemade goodness of a freshly baked batch—they are rich and fudgy!

Blond Butterscotch Brownies

Blond Butterscotch Brownies

Blond Butterscotch Brownies

The recipe > Blond Butterscotch Brownies

Toffee and chocolate dot the golden brown batter of these fudge-like brownies.  Delicious!

Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies

Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies

Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies

The recipe > Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies

Thick, fudgy, chewy homemade brownies made completely from scratch. You’ll love this!

Frozen Brownie Sundae

Frozen Brownie Sundae

Frozen Brownie Sundae

The recipe > Frozen Brownie Sundae

A layer of fudgy brownies topped with vanilla ice cream, peanuts and hot fudge topping, served straight from the freezer.

If you try any of the brownie recipes then let us know ow they go.

Of course, if a Brownie emergency strikes and there’s no time to bake, call us on the Dello Mano Brownie Hot Line 1300 661 682  or buy Brownies on line.

 

 

 

Brownie Advice from Katharine Hepburn

She was a legend, Hollywood wouldn’t be the same without the actor who touched many people’s lives with her wit, charm, exceptional talent and can you believe her brownie recipe – Katharine Hepburn.

 “Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you bloody well find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around wondering about yourself.” Katharine Hepburn

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Celebrities with Love for Brownies

Dello Mano Luxury Brownies

Dello Mano Luxury Brownies

Brownies. They’re always a crowd’s favourite. And it’s not just children, teens, adults, mums, dads and grannies who go crazy about those brownies!  Even celebrities do! And don’t be fooled with their off screen perception, even the brightest stars in Hollywood do indulge. And when they do, they often choose brownies!

Check out these popular stars who love brownies and see if your favourite celebrity is here!

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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is one of the actresses who you wouldn’t think would have a big love for sweets. But she isn’t the type of woman who starves herself just to conform to the Hollywood’s ideal. ‘My happiness isn’t dictated by what other people want or how they see me’, she said on an interview with Now Magazine UK. Aside from being a brownie fanatic, she’s also a coffee-holic.

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Jessica Simpson

When Jessica was pregnant, she admitted to have craved for “new, heavenly” thing called ‘slutty brownies’. These sweet, gooey brownies are made by covering the bottom of a lined pan with cookie dough, then putting a layer of Oreo cookies, and pouring brownie batter over the whole thing. Sounds a little too much for us at Dello Mano but having been pregnant twice, I know not to get in the way or  argue with a pregnant woman!  Besides, recent research may even go as far as to support Jessica and her drive for chocolate.

Image courtesy of Erik Bishoff on Flicker

Image courtesy of Erik Bishoff on Flicker

Woody Harrelson

His being vegan did not prevent the The Hunger Games star from enjoying brownies. Two years ago, he shared his all-time favourite Vegan brownie recipe with VegNews. Yes. You read it right – vegan brownies! His recipe calls for quinoa flour instead of all-purpose flour, Goji berries, chia seeds and cacao powder. All these seemed out of the park for a brownie, but according to many people who tried them, Woody Harrelson’s vegan brownies are phenomenal.

Image Courtesy of Kurt Fairhurst on Flicker

Image Courtesy of Kurt Fairhurst on Flicker

Lucy Mecklenburgh

Envied by many, but no one would think that she indulges in sweets sometimes. To show her support for the Big Cake Bake – a charity event for deaf children and their families, this gorgeous fitness fanatic shared her gluten-free brownie recipe. Aside from helping out the charity, Lucy also wanted to spread the message that healthy eating can be fun, and sweet. Go Lucy!

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Image Courtesy of PBS PressRoom on Flicker

Phyllis Logan

In 2013, this award-winning Scottish actress shared a very easy brownie recipe which she has used for years, and is a favourite of her mum who has dementia. Her brownies, with chopped walnuts in, were served during the Dementia UK celebrity tea party in the same year.

Image Courtesy of Dave Pullig on Flicker

Image Courtesy of Dave Pullig on Flicker

Gordon Ramsay

When it comes to cooking, we all agree that Gordon Ramsay is one of the most well known. His restaurants have been awarded a total of 15 Michelin stars and currently hold 14. Ramsay is a big fan of blondies – the no-chocolate counterpart of brownies. ‘I find them a bit more subtle in flavour and they make a great end to a meal, especially with a few chewy cranberries thrown in for texture.’ he said on his interview with Daily Mail UK. Like Lucy, he also shared his treasured blondie recipe in support of the Big Cake Bake.

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Image Courtesy of UrbanBridgez.com on Flicker

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg isn’t your average rapper. Since his career started in 1992, he has successfully made a name not just in the world of funk, but also in the film industry. In 2009, Snoop Dogg made a very surprising appearance at Martha Stewart’s variety talk show, and baked a batch of holiday-themed brownies. You know what he calls his brownies? Green brownies. In the show, it was clear that the recipe doesn’t contain weed. But as he tells Martha, the most important ingredient in the Green brownie should have “No sticks, no seeds, no stems.” Hmmm…

Brownies are really a wonderful treat that most people enjoy for snack, dessert or just about any time of the day. And it’s not just ordinary people who love these delicious heavenly chunks of chocolate, even stars do!

What Makes Homemade So Special?

Looking for handmade Christmas food gifts that show your care for quality and style like our  very special Christmas brownies?

handmade Christmas brownie gift

Handmade Christmas Brownie

Way back now in 2004, we couldnt find many handmade premium food gifts that were commercially available and so we created our own Dello Mano brownies as the perfect corporate or personal gift. We both had backgrounds in chocolate and food and with all the passion in the world we thought we’d craft them by hand, using wonderful premium ingredients. And with that, they’d be the perfect size to be enjoyed by all and not left sitting  for another year on pantry shelves. We wanted to create something so good it would be so great it would be enjoyed and finished. To achieve that we beleived the only was was to handmake the brownies.

Our Dello Mano Christmas food gifts this year continue our now traditional Christmas Brownie gifts, Hampers, Chocolate gifts – and many other delicious food gifts. We again this year selected the items for our Christmas range that we believe our clients will enjoy like the Christmas Brownie Gift Boxes and our much loved Spiced Rum Christmas Brownie & Chocolate gifts as well as we have included new items like our Belgian Chocolate & Caramel Fudge with Cranberries and Pistachio.

Each of our Christmas food gifts are lovingly made by hand carrying on the tradition now of 9 years of celebrating the holiday season. From day one of Dello Mano we were commited to handmade food and today, and many Christmas Brownies later! we still believe that food gifts of style and substance come from the uniquness and beauty of the handmade. Our devotion to beautiful ingredients and food handcrafted by real people makes we believe a real difference.

Some reasons why  handmade food gifts are special?

Everything handmade is special. And there are plenty of reasons why.

1. The Ingredients

First, you know quality ingredients are used.  Much food these days is made in huge batches. As in huge. We’re talking about thousands of boxes here, manufactured and delivered daily. You can just imagine how tough the work is. Well, not really. Of course they use machines. Giant machines. And the process is usually always about cost. While there are companies that really do invest on high quality ingredients, you’ll never know until you visit their factory and examine the ingredients yourself. There are lots of ways to skimp on ingredients like processed eggs for example. At Dello Mano we have been buying Free Range Eggs since 2006 when we first began. Without the attention that these issues receive now, we were always commited way back then, to farm fresh egss and have always had them delivered from farm to our kitchen, by the farmer. Each little step like this along the way creates a food that is different and we know that the difference can be found in the taste.

With Dello Mano handmade brownies and delicacies you can be sure that everything is made from scratch – using fresh, quality ingredients.

Dello Mano handcraft using real ingredients

Dello Mano Handmade specialness

We continue this commitment across all of our ingredients using only real  Belgian Chocolate, butter and even our honey is produced by Bees in hives on the roof tops of Hutchies Buliders.  All of these little things result in a luscious, luxurious and supreme chocolate brownies and food gifts.

2. Next, handmade goods generally don’t contain preservatives.

Most people spend their money on processed foods, everything from the condiments we use at home to the dinner meal. But go ahead and check the label of each boxed goodie you’ve got in your pantry and you’re likely find food additives in each one of it. Yes, handmade foods aren’t made to last for long amounts of time  and that’s because they don’t contain preservatives.  When you open a box of Dello Mano brownies, you know you are enjoying handmade treats that are made with our original intentions, to create beautiful handmade food for you to enjoy now rather than store in the pantry.

Dello Mano handmade Rum Balls

Dello Mano Hanmade Rum Ball tradition

3. Homemade taste better

Absolutely better than the long life food products. Why do they taste different? As mentioned earlier, handmade food gifts and goodies are usually made using high quality ingredients.  At Dello Mano we dont add anything that doesnt need to be there, so our recipes are simple and really celebrate beautiful ingredients.  Our commitment to gorgeous ingredients and handmade food makes for food that really does taste better. Besides we’re a family business and in that sense we are in control of not compromising on our process or ingredeitns.

4.Handmade is LOVE

Everything handmade is made from love. You know that each batch of Dello Mano goodies is made by the hands of people who really care to protect the value of handmade. It is their passion for real food that helps protect the art of cooking and inspires us all everyday.

Food is intricate to every society and is so important in all cutlures. At Dello Mano we believe the creating and sharing food is central to human happiness and so even though it is increasingly the road less travelled, it is a road that we proudly protect and we hope very much that you will enjoy in the difference offered by Dello Mano Christmas food gifts.

Handmade food is food crafted by people, not by machines. There is human touch. There is love. There is passion.

Nothing beats handmade. So special. Simply incomparable.

Blondie or Brownie: What’s the Difference?

If you’re given a tray of blondies and brownies, which one would you choose?

The Dello Mano Brownie

Dello Mano Brownie

Blondies and brownies – we hear people compare the two quite frequently. It’s said that blondies are the opposite of brownies and the perfect choice for people who want the chewy, fudgy texture and delicious taste of brownies, minus the chocolate or cocoa.

But what really makes blondies different from brownies? Let’s find out.

Blondies vs. Brownies

Technically, blondies and brownies are both classified as ‘cookie bars’. That is, they are softer than cookies, but tougher than a cake. Both of these delicious confections are prepared in almost the same way, and baked, cut and presented in the same manner. But you’ll know the difference just by looking at the results – blondies are paler in colour while brownies have that familiar sumptuous brown colour that comes from its magic ingredient – chocolate!

Blondies are considered the opposite of brownies mostly because the former are vanilla-based and the latter is chocolate-based. While vanilla isn’t really the ‘opposite’ of chocolate, these two popular flavours have always been treated as ‘rivals’. For instance, if you don’t like chocolate, you’d go for vanilla. And if you’re not a fan of vanilla, you’d opt for chocolate.

Blondies share similar ingredients to brownies. They both call for flour, sugar, butter and eggs. Blondie recipes vary as well. Like brownies, they can have many other flavourful additions such pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts and other kinds of nut. And because they don’t contain cocoa or chocolate, there are many other sweet additions that can be incorporated in the traditional recipe like coconut, toffee, dried fruit, and even chunked candies. Blondies may have chocolate chips too, and they are often served with sundae, and topped with caramel sauce.

Butterscotch Flavour

Blondies have that butterscotch flavour, which typically comes from the brown sugar. The caramel-like taste of blondies is perhaps the reason why they are a very popular. While brownies have been, and perhaps will always be, more popular than blondies, these vanilla-based bars are a must-try, and are really delish if you’ve got a good recipe.

Now, let’s go back to the question. If you are served with a tray of blondies and brownies, which one would you get? Me? I’d go for brownies – how about you?

Can’t decide which brownie to bake? Maybe you can create a cross. Use a basic blondie recipe but add dark chocolate chips in the batter. Then perhaps drizzle the bars with some more chocolate sauce.  Either way check out our brownie recipe baking tips before you get started.

If you’re looking for a chewy and irresistibly sweet treat, both blondies and brownies are sure to satisfy your craving. And no, there’s no special occasion required!

What’s your vote – Brownie or Blondie?

Brownie Ends or No Brownie Ends?

Brownie ends or no brownie ends?

When it comes to the best brownies, we all have different opinions. And other than the texture (whether chewy or gooey, fudge or cake-like), there’s another very important factor that people often consider when rating the deliciousness of a brownie: whether or not it has crispy edges.

Like cakes and cookies, it is common for brownies to have somewhat crusty and crunchy edges. But of course, you only get a few of those, considering that the middle part of the brownie has soft, perfectly cut edges.

Many people prefer brownies with crunchy edges. Even celebrities like Oprah go crazy about them. We all seem to have a hardwired desire for one way or the other. Whilst cakes and pastries are something you enjoy soft and melt-in-your-mouth, brownies can be the exception. Most people like a soft, fudgy and gooey brownie in the middle, but many still like brownies a little crisp around the edges. For many the texture and should we say – sound – seem to make the entire brownie experience magical.

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There’s no wonder why there are now especially designed pans that let you bake little brownies with crisp edges. Other people like to bake their brownies in muffin tins to get the same result.

Crisp vs. Hard Brownie Ends

But of course, even if you like the crispy edges, you don’t want them to be too hard. You just want your brownies to have crisp, beautiful edges, not burnt ones. This can happen when you overcook brownies. Not only does the edge feel tough like cookie, it would also be dry, which is the worst possible scenario you could end up with!

When baking brownies, you can prevent the edges from getting hard by ensuring that it gets just the right amount of heat during the entire baking process. Using an oven thermometer ensures that you get the right temperature all the time. And don’t wait for the exact time your brownie should be done. You can check for doneness several minutes ahead of what’s stated in the recipe. To check for doneness, simply insert a toothpick in the middle of the brownie. If it comes out clean with a few moist crumbs, you know it’s good to go.

Another tip is to avoid dark-coloured pans as they can cause brownie ends to brown too fast. If you are using glass pans, lower the temperature by at least 10 degrees. You can also try lowering the temperature of your oven if its edges are already cooked and the middle part of the brownie is not yet done.

When spraying your pan with oil or greasing it with butter and flour, it is an option to leave out the sides. The oil may speed up the cooking process, and lead to sturdy brownie ends.

Brownie ends or no brownie ends? For some people,  brownies that have smooth and soft ends are just heavenly and addictive. Here at Dello Mano, we love soft ends but for others, crunch brownie ends aren’t a problem. In fact, they were the reason to make brownies. What do you prefer?

10 Heartfelt Ways to Surprise Your Mum this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Are you tired of the usual surprises you do for your mum each year? Fortunately, there’s more to celebrating this special occasion. This coming Mother’s Day, you can make it more special, fun and really unforgettable. And we’ve got some really great tips for you!

Dello Mano Luxury Brownies Hearts

Dello Mano Luxury Hand Made Brownie Hearts

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