Keep Calm and Bake Cake: Bourbon Salted Caramel Brownies

I love cute little baking books.  I mean, obviously it’s clear that baking books in general make me happy, but give me a creative and innovative design, and I smile a bit – so when I first saw Keep Calm and Bake Cake, I was pretty excited.  This cute little pink book is broader than its name suggests.  Not just cake, but the book includes quite a few categories of classic British desserts.  In fact, I’d categorise this book as classic desserts with a flavour twist.

For example, the fairy cake recipes include lemon curd and blueberry, there’s an almond, chocolate and sweet potato loaf, as well as mixing cider into sultana slices.  I really enjoyed the flavour combinations they suggested and I will likely use this book similarly to the Flavour Thesaurus, to find good ideas for mixing together.

indexThe recipe that really jumped out at me was this Bourbon Salted Caramel Brownie recipe -I love salted caramel and a little bit of bourbon adds an unexpected flavour to it.

Bourbon Salted Caramel Brownie (from Keep Calm and Bake Cake)

Ingredients (salted caramel):

150g caster sugar

100ml double cream

25ml bourbon

10g unsalted butter

1 tablespoon fleur de sel

DSC_1741Melt sugar in a saucepan over low heat.  Don’t stir – sway the pot gently.  Remove from heat and mix in double cream, butter, bourbon and salt.

DSC_1742Allow to cool in fridge.

Ingredients (brownies):

175g unsalted butter

250g dark chocolate

300g light brown sugar

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons Bourbon

225g plain flour

DSC_1749Melt chocolate and unsalted butter over a low heat.

DSC_1750Mix the chocolate mixture in with the eggs, the bourbon and the brown sugar.

DSC_1751 DSC_1752Sift in dry ingredients.

DSC_1753 DSC_1754

Place half of batter in a lined brownie tin.  Add in a layer of salted caramel sauce and put the other half of the batter on top of the salted caramel.

DSC_1755Bake at 180C for 35 to 40 minutes, until you can put a knife in the batter and it comes out clean.

DSC_1756Allow to cool completely.

DSC_1759I received a copy of Keep Calm and Bake Cake to review from Ebury Press.  All opinions are my own.

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