February 10, 2013

Decadent Raspberry Truffle Brownies {& 2nd Bloggiversary}




The Kitchen is My Playground turned 2 this week!  I can hardly believe it.  Last year on the 1st bloggiversary, I shared the story of how The Kitchen is My Playground came to be.  This year, in addition to bringing you these totally decadent dark chocolate Raspberry Truffle Brownies ... 'cause a celebration calls for total decadence, right? ...  I decided to share some of the changes that have gone on with The Kitchen is My Playground this year.  'Cause, whew!! ... what a year of learning it has been.

1.   First up, the big change we're most excited about -- we are now offering sponsorship/advertising opportunities with The Kitchen is My Playground!  See that 'Advertise' link in the navigation bar?  It holds all kinds of information about why The Kitchen is My Playground is a great partner for your online advertising needs.  We'd love to talk with you to see if our site and your business, website, or Etsy shop are a mutual fit for partnering together.  Click on over to our Advertise page to sign up, or contact us via e-mail at info{at}thekitchenismyplayground{dot}com.  We'd love to hear from you!






2.  Next up, and most visible to all of you, is The Kitchen is My Playground got a little facelift back in July'ish.  Thanks to the wonderful blog design tutorials by Ashton of Something Swanky, I was able to pull off a redesign of the site.  All by myself.  I was shocked ... in a good way ... that I was able to get it done without completely pulling my hair out.  'Cause techie stuff is definitely not my strong point.

Now, I don't claim to be, in any way-shape-or-form, a graphic designer ... but I think I did okay with the design for a novice.

The Kitchen is My Playground went from standard ol' text header ...



To something with a tad more pizazz ...


Better, don't you think?

Just don't ask me how many attempts and how many hours it took to get these polka dots between the posts right ... I'd truly be embarrassed to tell you.



3.  Finally - The Kitchen is my Playground began partnering with Ziplist to bring you their handy-dandy Recipe Box feature right here on this site.  See the 'Recipe Box' link in the navigation bar?  That's it!



Now with one simple click on the blue 'Save Recipe' button by the title of each posted recipe ...

... you can save your favorites straight into your personal Recipe Box and easily find them later.  Within Ziplist, you can also search for other recipes suited to your liking, create meal plans, and even keep up with your grocery list.  So cool.


There have been about umpteen-bazillion other behind-the-scenes goings-on here this year, but I'll spare you all the details.  And I know there is still a lot in store for the upcoming year, too.  I can't wait to see where The Kitchen is My Playground's third year takes us!


So how 'bout we get back to celebrating Year 2 with these scrumptious Raspberry Truffle Brownies?  Yes, I didn't think you'd mind.


These truffle brownies are decadently rich, with a layer of from-scratch dark chocolate brownies topped with a layer of creamy raspberry truffle filling ...


... embellished with a pretty little chocolate drizzle.


Just perfect for a special occasion!  Like a bloggiversary.

Or Valentine's party ... which is what I made them for.  Or a dinner party.  Or a Tuesday.  (sure ... a Tuesday counts as a special occasion, right?)

I'd definitely make them for a Tuesday.

Thank you for reading The Kitchen is My Playground and for celebrating our 2nd bloggiversary with us!  We look forward to having you with us throughout year 3 and beyond.

I invite you to follow The Kitchen is My Playground with Google+, PinterestFacebookGoogle Friend Connectbloglovin', or Feedburner. Buttons are in the right sidebar. I'd love to have you back soon!



Raspberry Truffle Brownies
Source:  My Sister-in-Law, Cheryl (and I have no idea where she got her inspiration)

Ingredients
For the Brownies:
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee crystals
  • 2 T. water
  • 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
For the Truffle Filling:
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 c. seedless red raspberry jam
For the Chocolate Drizzle:
  • 1/8 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp. shortening

Directions
Prepare the Brownies:
  1. In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter and 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips over low heat. Cool slightly, about 15 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and brown sugar. Dissolve coffee crystals in the water. Add the coffee mixture and melted chocolate to the egg mixture. Mix well.
  3. Combine the baking powder and flour; stir into the chocolate mixture until incorporated.
  4. Spread batter into a greased 9x9-inch or 8x8-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes until brownies are set.
  5. Cool completely.
Prepare the Truffle Filling:
  1. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt the 1 cup of chocolate chips. Cool for about 30 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the confectioners' sugar and raspberry jam; beat until just combined. Stir in the melted chocolate until well combined. Spread the filling evenly over the cooled brownies.
Prepare the Chocolate Drizzle:
  1. Place the 1/8 cup chocolate chips and shortening in a small zip-top plastic bag. Set bag in a bowl of warm water to soften. Gently knead the chocolate with your fingers until melted and smooth, placing back in the warm water for a minute or two as needed.
  2. Snip a very small hole in the corner of the plastic bag. Drizzle chocolate over the truffle filling.
  3. Chill brownies before cutting. Cut into small 1-inch squares to serve (these are rich ... a small square goes a long way). Store brownies in the refrigerator.

29 comments:

  1. Hi there Tracey, from a reader "down under" in New Zealand. Just love your blog, and have been a follower for some months now. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary.
    I'll let you into a little secret - we have been loving and travelling around in our caravan (mobile home) for several months while our new home is being built. So I haven't been doing any baking for a while. But we move in to our new home in 3-4 weeks and I'll have a lovely new kitchen. Then at last I'll be able to try some of those yummy receipes you keep producing.
    Congratulations and best wishes from Jenny

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    1. Thank you, Jenny! How exciting you've got a new home underway! Enjoy those last few weeks in your caravan ... and then enjoy that lovely new kitchen!! Thank you so much for being a reader of The Kitchen is My Playground.

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  2. Oh my goodness! Two of my favorite things, raspberries and chocolate. These look so good. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  3. Congrats Tracey...this is such a great blog to read and try new recipes out. Hope you continue to post new things and I look forward to enjoying this for another 2 years :) You ARE the best my friend.

    Love,
    Nina

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  4. Happy Blogiversary!! I'm so glad you started blogging. :) I love these brownies, and cheers, to many more blogiversaries!

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  5. Yeah for you Tracey! Happy Bloggiversary :)

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  6. Happy bloggiversary! These browneis are really gorgeous!

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  7. Decadent, indeed...I'm drooling just thinking about these.

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  8. I absolutely gotta make this!! I'm in LOVE!! Visiting from On the Menu Monday.

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  9. Congrats on your 2nd Blogiversary! These brownies definitely look celebration worthy! What I like best about brownies is the chewy texture. The soft truffle topping on top of fudgy brownies sounds wonderful.

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  10. Those look so delicious! I can't get enough chocolate lately!



    I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! If you’d like to participate, just copy the rules and have fun!
    http://www.igotthismartha.com/i-was-awarded-the-versatile-blogger-award/

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  11. YUM! These look so amazing! I pinned them to my brownie board (Yes, I have a whole board for brownies... i can stop anytime I want thought.... lol)
    Happy Tuesday!

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  12. Congrats on the 2 Years!!! Your blog looks great! And those Truffles?! Holy cow I want to eat those right now!

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  13. Congrats on your blogaversary! Brownies are my fave, and these look amazing!

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  14. Congrats on two years! These brownies look heavenly with the raspberries! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. OMG these look soooo amazing. Next time you make them, I'm coming over. hahaha
    Not sure if you have heard, but would love for you to come join our link party. We give away free ad space every week to one random link party-goer. http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-20/

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    1. yum yum yum! thanks so much for linking up last week!

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  16. Congratulations on you 2nd blogiversary!!
    These truffle-brownies are amazing :)
    Definitely decadent - the way I like my brownies
    Pinned

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  17. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow night for Make the Scene Monday #62!

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  18. Looks so yummy! Congrats on 2 years...I will hit 2 years this Monday :)

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  19. Hi Tracey,
    What a fabulous Two Years, Congratulations!
    Your Raspberry Truffle Brownie would be a perfect way for me to celebrate any occasion, it looks amazing! Hope you are having a great Valentine Weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  20. These look and sound great! Congrats for the Blogiversry! Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker.

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  21. Congratulations on year two of blogging! So many fun new changes this year...I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for this year!!! And these brownies...I would love to face plant in them!! Yum!!!

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    1. I'd love to SEE you do a face plant in them, Jocelyn! I'll make a triple batch just for that!! :-)

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  22. Holy moley these look absolutely amazing! I am definitely pinning these to try them out. An a big congrats from me.

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  23. Happy Anniversary! The brownies look amazing! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

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  24. These look great! Would the truffle filling work inside a layer cake?

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