Thursday, 30 January 2014
Mini Heath Bar Pies
This is my take on a delicious dessert I had in America. I spent a week there for work and one of my colleagues brought this dessert into the office that his wife had made. He said it was called a Heath Bar Pie - it had a base made of chocolate brownie, topped with Cool Whip (which I think is a synthetic whipped cream) and crumbled Heath Bars on top. It was gorgeous!
I decided to try a new recipe for the brownie base and found a recipe on Bon Appetit for fudgy yogurt brownies. I used block chocolate instead of chocolate chips.
1 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
100g plain chocolate
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla flavouring
1 cup plain Greek style yogurt
Preheat oven to 180C. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Melt the chocolate with the butter in either a bain marie or the microwave and stir into the flour.
Mix in the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and yogurt.
I got this brownie pan for Christmas which allows you to make individual brownies. Each square is quite deep so you get a good sized brownie, and each one gets the chewy edges and softer middle, rather than when you make a batch in one pan and the edges are more cooked than the middle. So while it does obviously take up more space in the cupboard, I think it's a really good idea!
I sprayed the tray with Dr. Oetker Cake Release and put about one and a half tablespoons of the brownie mixture into each section of the tray.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
The brownies were perfectly cooked though I'm not sure how much difference the yogurt made!
I brought back three individual Heath bars from America. They are described as English toffee with a chocolate coating - my colleagues were very surprised to find we don't have them in England! To me, they tasted exactly like a Dime/ Daim bar which was not what I expected but they were certainly very good!
To make the 'pie' I whipped some double cream
And crushed a Heath bar in a small plastic bag with a rolling pin.
As the brownies came out of the brownie pan in perfect individual portions I thought this would work well as a mini pie. So I placed one brownie on a plate, added a spoonful of double cream and sprinkled the crushed Heath bar over the top. Yum!