Saturday, 18 August 2012

Toblerone Brownies - AlphaBakes

This month's AlphaBakes Challenge is the letter T, which I found more difficult than expected. Apart from Tea, I couldn't think of many ingredients beginning with the letter, and it's not a huge section of the index of most of my baking books either - or at least, not for sweet baking. In addition, I'm fast running out of time for any of my usual baking challenges this month, so had to somehow fit this one into something I wanted to bake anyway.

I wanted to bake a batch of brownies for CT to take back to his place for the weekend, so was pleased when inspiration suddenly struck, and I remembered Toblerone. Little did I realise that it's very hard to get hold of Toblerone outside of Christmas or Father's Day - where are the plain and white varieties that are around then?

I adapted my usual low saturated fat brownie recipe to accentuate the almond and honey flavours of Toblerone - I replaced 50g of the white caster sugar with honey, 30g of the flour with ground almonds and used a few drops of almond extract instead of vanilla. I added a chopped 100g bar of milk Toblerone instead of any other chocolate or nuts, and sprinkled on a few flaked almonds before baking.

This was an interesting variation, but I had wanted to use dark and white Toblerone for a better visual effect, and I wasn't too sure that I liked the use of honey in the batter - the flavour wasn't quite right for my tastes although no-one else mentioned it.

AlphaBakes is a monthly challenge hosted alternately by Caroline from Caroline Makes, and Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker. The challenge is to use the randomly chosen letter as a main ingredient or part of the name of the product you make. This month T was chosen by Ros, who will publish a round-up of entries at the end of the month. The general rules can be found here.

8 comments:

Katie said...

They look delicious and I love how even the brownies are toblerone shaped :)

celia said...

Very creative of you, Suelle! I'm sure CT loved them! :)

Phil in the Kitchen said...

Excellent 'T' choice - I wouldn't have thought of that. I hadn't realised that toblerone disappeared at certain times of the year - that's suspicious. And why is it always sold in airports? There's definitely something going on that we're not being told....

Chele said...

Toblerone was a genius idea! Love toblerones and I know I am going to love these brownies!

Baking Addict said...

I love toblerone and I love brownies. These are so cute especially in their triangle shape. I'd happily eat a plate of these :) thanks for entering them to AlphaBakes

Caroline said...

Hee hee, love the toblerone shaped brownies. Clever idea to add lots of the flavour to the brownies too, in addition to the actual toblerone.

I hadn't realised all the flavours weren't available year round until a colleage said she could never get white toblerone for her husband's birthday (not near Christmas) and that was the one he loved. The only one I could find was tiny bars of white toblerone in Sainsburys, no-where else!

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

Wowzers!! Love them! Love the way you've styled them too. Genius! Love a toblerone, reminds me of Christmas!

Mich - Piece of Cake said...

Wow, I love these brownies... they look very delicious indeed!