Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Brownies inspired by the Fassbender!

Irish Cream Brownies!
If you know me and haven't been living under a rock, you know about one of my new favorite actors: Michael Fassbender! He's incredibly talented, showcasing his chameleon-like ability in films like Hunger, Inglorious Basterds, Shame, Prometheus, Fish Tank, A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class...okay you get it and I digress, but the list really goes on and on. He's also very easy on the eyes, so that doesn't hurt! Now, I was going to try and pick one of his many fantastic films to center my Irish Cream Brownies recipe upon, (Shame-ful Brownies, anyone? I kid, I kid, I would never disrespect the amazing work of Steve McQueen like that). Then I decided that there were just too many good movies Fassbender's been in to just choose one. Instead, I decided on a first for this blog: a recipe inspired by an actor.

Since Fassbender is half-Irish, I figured what better way to  honor him through baking than to incorporate Irish cream or coffee liqueur into an already fun brownie recipe? So without further ado, I present to you Irish Cream Brownies: Magneto approved! Go ahead and feel free to familiarize yourself with this guy. He seems kind of goofy in real life, which makes him even cooler to me.  The first interview is part of an on-going collection of "screen-tests" that Lynn Hirschberg of the NY Times conducts. If you're not a Fassbender fan, (please don't tell me), there's plenty of other fun interviews to choose from (Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, Vera Farmiga).

The second is from Charlie Rose's wonderful program. No copyright infringement intended, this is all Lynn Hirschberg and Charlie Rose! Oh, and you're welcome:

Lynn Hirschberg's Screen Tests:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQEi65xdl44

Fassbender with Diva Noomi Rapace, (she's a really fierce l'il cutie, too) on Charlie Rose promoting Prometheus:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpQY867nktw


Brownie Ingredients, (Adapted from this amazing Hershey's recipe: http://www.hersheys.com/pure-recipes/details.aspx?id=5008&name=Best+Brownies#share_modal )

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon Irish cream or coffee liqueur

Frosting ingredients

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 cups powdered sugar
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons almond milk (or 1-2 tablespoons regular milk)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons Irish cream or coffee liqueur

Directions for the Brownies

(1)Pr-heat oven to 350 degrees F
(2) In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together.
(3) Stir in vanilla extract
(4) Add eggs and beat until well-incorporated
(5) Mix together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt in a small bowl. Add this dry mixture to the batter.
(5) Stir in coffee liqueur and chocolate chips.
(6) Line 9-inch square pan with foil. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until fork stuck into center of the brownies comes out clean.
(7) Cool the brownies.

Directions for the Frosting

(1) Melt 3 tablespoons of butter.
(2) Add vanilla, cocoa powder, corn syrup, and powdered sugar. Mix thoroughly.
(3) Add milk, cinnamon, and coffee liqueur.
(4) After brownies have cooled, spread frosting on generously.

Enjoy and thank you again for reading!

Love Always,
Rukh




2 comments:

  1. Your love for Michael Fassbender must really run deep - I know understand all of your references to him =]. While I have never been a fan of the taste of really any kind of liqueur, I'm sure that these taste amazing - they certainly look super freaking tasty!

    -Elizabeth and fellow lover of the baked good

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  2. Awww, thanks, and yes, my love/respect for him really does run deep: if I ever met him, I would probably have to walk away to avoid saying something ridiculous and embarrassing myself! Oh and the fun thing about baking with liqueur is that the alcohol bakes out for the most part, just giving you a hint of a taste! It's not quite as strong as the real deal!

    Love Always,
    Rukh

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