Saturday, May 5, 2012

What's this? It's yet another Derby Treat, the Mentalist style!

I'll Have Another is the official winner of the 138th annual Kentucky Derby, so in honor of him, I give you another Derby recipe!

A little baking inspiration from The Mentalist

Things I know:

(1) Simon Baker is the star of The Mentalist.
(2) Simon Baker is an incredibly talented actor.
(3) Simon Baker is also so incredibly dreamy, it's kind of ridiculous. Don't believe me? Take a look at these photos from the official website of the show, courtesy of CBS, (no copyright infringement shenanigans intended):

If you don't watch it, here's a basic run-down about the other show about a fake psychic: Mr. Baker plays Patrick Jane, a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigations. You see, Patrick used to make that money pretending to be a psychic, but changed his ways and started using his acute skills of observation/intelligence/intuition to aid the CBI in solving cases. Why did he do this? Well, a crazed serial killer that goes by the alias of "Red John" killed his family. I should mention he's on the look-out for said bad guy at all hours. Yup, it's heavy, but lest that scare you away, let me assure you this show has plenty of clever, comedic moments and this phenomenal thing I refer to as "Simon-Baker-charm!"

Give it a chance. If you're not sold on it just yet, here are some more reasons to watch: the supporting cast is tons of fun, (Ms. Robin Tunney from The Craft, anyone else remember that cult classic)? They have great chemistry as an ensemble, and they all have great hair (especially one Ms. Amanda Righetti, teach me your ways, diva)! Now all this banter brings me to yet another Derby/tv-show inspired treat: this one we shall refer to as: The Puzzler

Why the funny name? Well, because putting together this particular recipe was a puzzle. It's a challenge trying to figure out what ingredients, temperature, and baking time would work best, so hats off to all those culinary experts/enthusiasts who do it all the time. Another more obvious reason for the name: This is an ode to Mr. Patrick Jane, who could have probably told me exactly what to do in about 3 minutes or less. Without further ado, I give you, a (semi)-original recipe. If you read my last Derby-inspired post, you'll get where the Derby ingredients come in, (hey I had extra pie filling left over that I didn't want to waste)!

Here's what you'll need

6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 Oreo cookies, (yes, you read that just right, you only need 2)

1/2 batch of Diva Martha Stewart's Pecan Pie Filling. Add 4 oz of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of Mexican Chili Powder to this. Forgot the recipe? Don't sweat it. Here you go, courtesy of Martha's amazing website:

Remember, unless you want extra pie-filling, divide each ingredient in 2. Also, nix the dough! 


(1) Melt the butter in your microwave or in a heat-proof bowl over a skillet of simmering water on your stovetop. Say the second half of the sentence five times fast! 

(2) Get that fork ready. Add the sugars and stir for at least 1 minute, or until mixture is fluffy. If you have an electric mixer, I'm a little envious: blend on medium speed.

(3) Add the salt, baking powder, and soda and stir until well-blended.

(4) Beat in the egg for at least 1 minute. The mixture should be a lot smoother at this point.

(5) Stir in the cocoa powder and then the flour. Be sure to scrape down the sides of your bowl for any excess flour.

(6) Crumble up your 2 Oreo cookies and stir into your sweet concoction.

(7) Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Make that pie-filling.

(8) Coat a 9-inch square pan with cooking spray, (this dessert is very sticky, think almost toffee-like, so don't forget this step unless you want to deal with a more complicated post-baking clean-up).

(9) Spoon your doughy concoction onto the pan and spread evenly. Top it off with the pie-filling. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until edges are golden-brown. Don't let it bake for too long, or the edges will dry out.

(10) Cut into 4x4 squares and share with some friends!

P to the S: I have a sneaking suspicion that these sweet things pair well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but that's just me ;0)

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