Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Chocolate Brownie Hearts

heart brownies 1


I've wanted to try out silicone baking pans for some time now. My silicone cookie sheet liners are great and my silicone spatulas are stain proof and fairly heat resistant. So when I found this silicone heart shaped muffin pan on clearance for $2.99 (at Williams-Sonoma if you can believe it!), I thought what do I really have to lose? I mean, that's less than I spend on a latte at Peet's.

silicone heart pan

The big advantage to silicone bakeware is that it's supposed to be nonstick. No more buttering and flouring especially when you have fancy shapes like shells or bundts (or simple shapes like rectangles or hearts). No more worrying about whether or not your cake will come out of the pan intact. Well, maybe I got a dud because I had a lot of trouble prying some of the brownie hearts out of the pan. And even though the molds are soft and floppy, making it relatively easy to push out any sticking brownies from the bottom of the molds, 5 of 12 brownies didn't survive the extraction process. May they rest in pieces.

I usually don't have trouble removing my baked goods from (metal) pans since I butter, flour or line when necessary. Maybe if I had buttered and floured the silicone? But that defeats the purpose of using silicone. I don't know if I'll try the silicone pans again. Part of me wishes I spent the money on lattes instead. As disappointing as this first silicone pan experience was for me, at least I had some brownies to console me.

Chocolate Brownie Hearts

3 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 tbsp (1.5 oz) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat an oven to 325ºF. Butter the wells of a heart-shaped muffin baking pan (or a regular muffin pan).

Melt the chocolate and butter over a double boiler, stirring occasionally, until smooth and blended. Let cool slightly.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside dry ingredients.

In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, egg and vanilla until light in color and doubled in volume. Whisk in the chocolate mixture and then the flour mixture just until combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the wells of the prepared pan and smooth the tops. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a brownie comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 20 minutes.

heart brownies 2

28 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Does a broken brownie taste as good as a whole brownie or should that be a hole brownie or would that be a doughnut.
Your chocolate brownie hearts look yummy, sorry about the silicone muffin pan.

Veron said...

Your brownies looks perfect to me.Betcha can't just have one! I never really liked all the silicone bakewares coming out...does not look homey to me.

Alanna said...

I dropped those worthless things into the Goodwill box shortly after using. I know Kalyn swears by them for her egg muffins however so in certain instances, they might be fine.

Laurie said...

I agree I don't like my silicone pans for baking, I can see for some purposes, but for regular baked goods I am not happy. Your brownies do look very good though, I wonder if they are the same texture and such in your silicone?

clarice said...

Yumm, thank you and happy valentines day Mary. Clarice

Abby said...

I've never tried silicone, either, and I'm glad to hear an honest review. I've been close to being sucked in by the pretty colors it comes in, but now I know better!

Regardless, I'd like to eat those brownies.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Rachel said...

The brownie hearts look so cute! I love anything heart shaped.

I am leary of silicone for the same reason.

Brilynn said...

Maybe you can glue those broken brownie hearts back together with some chocolate icing...

Peabody said...

I am anti-silicone pans.
Lovely brownies.

Quellia said...

I had the same problem with my silicon bakeware. And the instructions that came with mine actually said to butter and flour my pans anyways. I agree, seems counter productive.

Dianka said...

Oh my gosh, those are too cute for words! They look so moist and delicious! Happy V-Day!

Ivonne said...

The hearts are so cute! I recently bought heart-shaped pans from Chicago Metallic. You have to butter/flour, but at least getting them out isn't so hard.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Chris said...

Interesting! I have always wondered about those pans - debating about buying them when I see them. I believe I now have my answer!

Nonetheless, the brownies look so yummy....:)

Kate said...

Just the thing to have for Valentines...soft inside crunchy outside - the perfect brownies !
Can i have one pls.

Sara said...

Oh those brownies look good. Yeah, I don't love my silicone baking stuff as much as I thought I would.

Freya said...

I think that you're brave putting cookie mixture into moulds like that - they look really great though! I like the sunken middles!

gilly said...

Hi Mary! Wow - even if you weren't impressed with the pans, the brownies look absolutely extrodinary!

Susan said...

If you need anybody to take some of those brownies off your hands...

I'm glad you stopped by my blog cause now I find yours. It's wonderful.

Rachelle said...

Hi there,

Well I am checking out all sorts of baking blogs as I am most likely going to become a pastry cook soon... I went to culinary school, blah, blah and just had an interview yesterday at the most progressive and gourmet restaurant in my town. Things went well and they asked if I would come back on the 27th and after a couple hours make them a dessert. I am of course at a loss of what to do. I can't do anything that takes too long. Chilling, long setting times, etc. I have thought about profiteroles with a pastry cream and luscious sauce yet I want to put something else on the plate as well... any ideas for me? Something impressive, easy to make in a short amount of time, etc?? Just thought I would throw it out there to ya! My email is robbiespice@hotmail.com... thanks for your time and I love the site!

Rachelle

Orchidea said...

Sweet... those chocolate hearts are so lovely and so good, I am sure.
Ciao.

Alice Q said...

Count me in the anti-silicone camp. I bought some of these and I think they are just a pain in the rear. They are not nonstick, and they are incredibly difficult to clean. On top of that, if you're baking anything deep - the pan will jiggle when you pull out the rack to check it - a bundt cake fell like a pancake. Your brownies look gorgeous though - I love that crackling top!

lynn in tucson said...

I ran into an issue with silicone bakeware that I haven't seen mentioned anywhere. It BLOOMED. Even though my bundt pan (also a total pain to load into the oven all full and wiggly) was put away CLEAN, it would grow some white crystalline stuff after a couple weeks in the cupboard. I washed it without using it, put it away and it happened again. I threw it out.

Tulip said...

Congratulations!!!!
It's look so gorgeous!

Verena said...

I just fell in love with these brownies shapped like hearts, so cute!!!
I am looking for a brownie recipe that stays very moist in the middle, maybe yours do...I´ll have to give it a try!
Love the blog!
A Brazilian fan,

have a great week.

www.mangiachetefabene.wordpress.com

KimmiC said...

Brownies look so cute. Sorry to hear about your troubles. I use the silicone bakeware all the time and have never had a problem.

Mother Wit said...

I was searching for a brownie recipe and couldn't resist the look of those yummy brownies. My daughters and I made these today for Valentine's Day and the recipe is fantastic. I just hate we didn't double it! :) Thanks for sharing your photos, your recipes, and your experiences. I've bookmarked your blog.

Bel said...

A few tips for silicone baking...

You should always use a tray underneath so the silicone doesn't 'flap' and break the cake or muffins. Silicone should be floured but not buttered. It is quite easy and I have never had a problem just flouring it. Good luck! I know a place that sells dishwasherable silicon too. Very handy!

Nico D. said...

All of ur pictures are awesome! I made these for my families and they are way better than what any of you are imagining! They are also impressed with the heart shape. So cute and creative! I had featured u in the article of Deep Love to Mother: Top 7 Reacipes Based on Yummy Chocolate on AllFreshRecipes. If u have other recommendations or u like to be featured, please let me know.