Thursday, July 11, 2019

The brownies have nothing to do with Germany

For those of you who have not seen some previous posts and might have gone to Germany and wondered why you never see a German chocolate cake there is because the recipe has nothing to do with Germany. For that matter neither do the "German Chocolate Brownies" that were our second offering for student cake month. Anyone who knows the cake recognizes it as a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and caramelized coconut on top. We have a number of the cakes and today we got the brownies.
Not shy with the number of brownies!
Enough for several helpings!

So these were made from scratch brownies that were chocolate, of course, with toasted coconut and pecans on the top. I think they pre-empted the name "German chocolate" because of the coconut and chocolate combo. 
It's the topping that makes them "German Chocolate Brownies"
The pecans were a great addition!!
Dense chocolate brownies!!
In any event they were a hit!!  The brownies were soft, moist and chocolatey.  The topping with the added pecans was awesome and to top it off there was some more vanilla ice cream from Edy's!  There were plenty to go around and most people had two with some left over for another day. Good work from our second entrant, another Brown undergrad, and 4.5 stars to her for her great baking job!
Throw in some vanilla ice cream!
And it's 4.5 star treat!!
And in case you were wondering the cake is called what it is because the recipe came from the "German Chocolate Company" not the country.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

They didn't have a cheesecake!!

It is July! This year we actually have a good bunch of summer students and medical students trying to whet their research appetite.  So Student Cake Month is back...sort of!  This is an informal friendly competition to see who can be the most original and creative in making of procuring goodies for cake hour.  Years ago, with a lot more students it was cutthroat and produced the likes of the famous pregnant rat cake and the BCA cake made of progressively darker shades of purple.  So our expectations are down but that's fine.
I was looking for a cheese cake but this will do!
Our first participant, an undergrad at Brown and a future physician likes cheesecake as his favorite dessert. So he went to Whole Foods but they didn't have a cheesecake!  So he opted for his second most favorite dessert - classic pie and ice cream.  Whole Foods makes a good looking pie, as you can see, and they have their own 365 brand for ice cream with vanilla the chosen flavor - of course.  Who does pie and ice cream with anything but vanilla.

Classic American apple pie!
Cooked to the right color with those flaky edges.

The pie was very good. The apple filling was not too sweet and the fruit slices were in between mushy (preferred) and crisp (not preferred.) The crust was nice and golden with a flaky edge and well cooked so as not to be too soft.  The ice cream was also good and certainly good quality since Whole Foods ostensibly uses only fresh organic ingredients with no preservatives etc.  That limits the selection and squeezes out a lot of brands but their 365 brand totally acceptable.  The pie and the ice cream went great together so all in all a good start for student cake month and we give thee and half stars for his contribution!!
Not to soft not too hard for the apple filling!

Nothing like pie and ice cream.