The 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares

The 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares

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by Esther Brody
     
 

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The ultimate collection of easy deserts

For sweet satisfaction and easy preparation, there's nothing like a plate full of brownies, bars or squares. In the world of baking, these are the ultimate comfort foods, evoking wonderful memories of your mother's chocolate brownies, date squares, or fruit bars.

Now bestselling author Esther Brody (The 250

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The ultimate collection of easy deserts

For sweet satisfaction and easy preparation, there's nothing like a plate full of brownies, bars or squares. In the world of baking, these are the ultimate comfort foods, evoking wonderful memories of your mother's chocolate brownies, date squares, or fruit bars.

Now bestselling author Esther Brody (The 250 Best Muffin Recipes and Another 250 Best Muffin Recipes) brings back all that homemade goodness in The 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares.

Because they're typically baked in a single cake pan, brownies, bars and squares are remarkably simple to make. So they're ideal for busy families. And as you'll discover in this book, they offer a tremendous variety of flavors — ranging from chocolate-based brownies to various combinations of fruits, nuts and spices that you can use to make bars and squares.

For a snack or after-dinner treat, try Caramel Double Nut Squares or Favorite Glazed Lemon Raspberry Bars. Capture the taste of summer with Rhubarb Crisp Squares or enjoy the classic sweetness of Old-Fashioned Butter Tart Bars. And for the brownie lover, you'll find plenty of ways to indulge your passion, including Classic Chocolate Nut Brownies, Coconut Macaroon Brownies, and the blissfully decadent Chocolate Chip Blondie.

These fully tested recipes are so easy and delicious, you'll want to try them all. (We're sure your family won't mind!) With Esther Brody's well-deserved reputation for imaginative baking, The 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares is an essential addition to every kitchen library.

Editorial Reviews

Home Cooking
No matter what recipe you choose, you're guaranteed a tasty winner.
— Pamela Brown
Wichita Eagle
No-frill paperback offers just what it promises ... all the recipes would fit into the easy category.
— Joe Stumpe
Home Cooking - Pamela Brown
No matter what recipe you choose, you're guaranteed a tasty winner.
Wichita Eagle - Joe Stumpe
No-frill paperback offers just what it promises ... all the recipes would fit into the easy category.
Appleton Post-Crescent
A little jewel.
Joe Stumpe
No-frill paperback offers just what it promises ... all the recipes would fit into the easy category.
The Wichita Eagle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778800354
Publisher:
Rose, Robert Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Makes 24 bars

9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan, greased with butter

Base
1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, melted
1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup (75 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
2 cups (500 mL) graham wafer crumbs (about 30 wafers)
1 cup (250 mL) shredded coconut
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped walnuts

Filling
1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, softened
2 tbsp (25 mL) vanilla custard powder or vanilia instant pudding mix
2 tbsp (25 mL) milk (approximate)
2 cups (500 mL) confectioner's (icing) sugar, sifted

Topping
4 squares (each I oz [28 g]) unsweetened chocolate
1 tbsp (15
mL) butter

TIP
Classic Nanaimo bars are made with Bird's Custard Powder. If you can't find it, substitute an equal quantity of vanilla instant pudding powder (sold in tins).

  1. Base: In a bowl mix together melted butter, sugar, egg, cocoa and vanilla until blended.
  2. In another bowl, mix together crumbs, coconut and walnuts. Add butter mixture and mix well. Press evenly into prepared pan. Chill at least 1 hour.
  3. Filling: In a bowl cream butter. Beat in custard powder, milk and confectioner's sugar until blended. If mixture is too thick, add a few drops more milk. Spread evenly over base and chill for 30 minutes or until firm.
  4. Topping: In a saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth. Spread evenly over topping, then cut into bars. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

Meet the Author

Esther Brody has developed thousands of baking recipes over the years in addition to running her own successful muffin business. Her most recent books include The 250 Best Cookie Recipes, The 250 Best Muffin Recipes and Another 250 Best Muffin Recipes.

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The 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great recipies! I really love to bake and these recipies were terrific additions to my own.