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Brownie “Ribs” and Crispy Rice Treat “Corn-on-the-Cob” with Drunk Cherry BBQ Sauce

Brownie "Ribs" and Crispy Rice Treat "Corn-on-the-Cob" with Drunk Cherry BBQ Sauce
PREP TIME
1h 40 min
COOK TIME
1h 30 min
YIELDS
4 servings

These brownies are one of the most requested treats at my catering business.

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Ingredients

Brownie "Ribs"

Nonstick spray, for pan
¾
cup cocoa powder
½
tsp baking soda
cup unsalted butter, melted
½
cup hot coffee
2
cups sugar
2
eggs, beaten
1 ⅓
cups all-purpose flour
¼
tsp salt
1
tsp vanilla
4
large toffee-almond chocolate bars
½
- 1 cup milk chocolate melts

Fondant Crispy Rice Treat "Corn-on-the-Cob"

4
Tbsp unsalted butter
40
large marshmallows
1 ½
tsp vanilla extract
5
cups puffed rice cereal

Fondant  Drunk Cherry "BBQ Sauce"

½
cup frozen dark cherries
¼
cup sugar
½
tsp cornstarch
1
Tbsp orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
2
tsp apple cider vinegar
½
tsp vanilla extract
¼
tsp cayenne pepper
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Directions

Notes

Special equipment: a Dresden tool and an airbrush machine with yellow and flesh colors

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a large bowl, combine the cocoa powder and baking soda, and blend in 1/3 cup of the melted butter. Add the hot coffee and stir until well blended. Stir in the sugar, eggs and remaining 1/3 cup melted butter to combine.

Step 3

Sift together the flour and salt, and set aside.

Step 4

Add the vanilla to the wet mixture, then stir the wet mixture into the flour mixture.

Step 5

Pour half of the brownie mixture into the prepared baking pan, top with the chocolate bars, and then pour the remaining brownie mixture over chocolate bars. Smooth the top with an offset spatula.

Step 6

Bake until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, 35 to 40 minutes. Let the brownies cool completely before cutting, at least 1 hour.

Step 7

Heat the butter and marshmallows in a large skillet over medium-low heat. When the marshmallows are completely melted, turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the puffed rice cereal and mix well.

Step 8

Spray a jellyroll pan with nonstick spray and pour the cereal mixture out onto pan. Spray your hands with nonstick spray and press the mixture evenly into the pan. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then cut crosswise into 3-by-10-inch strips.

Step 9

Roll up strips and press in the ends to smooth.

Step 10

Knead the fondant to soften, then roll out to a 1/8-inch thickness.

Step 11

Using a roll of puffed rice as a template to measure, cut a strip of fondant. Roll the puffed rice in fondant and press the seam to seal.

Step 12

Measure out circles on the fondant that fit ends of your “corn”; press the edges to seal.

Step 13

Using a Dresden tool, make horizontal and vertical lines in the fondant to create the look of corn kernels.

Step 14

Using an airbrush machine, lightly cover the “corn” with yellow coloring, leaving random areas without color. Then use the flesh color to create shadowing and depth.

Step 15

In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook down the cherries with the sugar, cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water until tender, about 15 minutes.

Step 16

Run the cherry mixture through a blender and then strain back into the saucepan. Stir in the orange liqueur, cider vinegar, vanilla and cayenne, and cook over low heat until reduced by half, about 30 minutes. Take off the heat and let cool.

Step 17

To finish the brownie “ribs”: Melt the chocolate melts in a heatproof bowl set over an inch of simmering water. Stir until smooth.

Step 18

Spread the melted chocolate to a 1/8-inch thickness on a silicone baking mat. Run through the chocolate with a fork to create texture.

Step 19

Carefully pull the baking mat onto a baking sheet. Place in the freezer to set up, about 5 minutes.

Step 20

Run a knife along the edges of the brownie pan, then flip onto a cutting board. Using a large knife, cut the brownies into 1 1/2-by-4-inch strips.

Step 21

Cut the set chocolate to the same length as brownies, but gently break off the edges so they are more ragged.

Step 22

Place chocolate strips on top of the brownies.

Step 23

Make small narrow tubes of fondant and cut into small pieces, enough for two for each “rib”; these will be the rib “bones.” Press a piece of the cut fondant onto each end of the ribs.

Step 24

To plate: Place two “ribs,” crisscrossing, on each plate. Set a piece of “corn” next to the “ribs.”

Step 25

Stir the “BBQ sauce” and then drizzle the desired amount over the ribs. Enjoy!

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