April 23, 2009

Recipe: Caramel Brownie Phyllo Cups – Ride for Family Homelessness Day 2

Author: Chris Perrin

Caramel Brownie Phyllo CupsWell this is officially of Day 2 Dancing Deer’s CEO Trish Karter’s 1,500 mile bicycle trek from Atlanta to Boston.  She’s doing it to raise awareness for family homelessness while I am writing for the next fourteen days to both share her story and to evangelize Dancing Deer products.  Even before I found out about the ride, I loved Dancing Deer brownies.  Now I’m proud to tell the world about their products and to share this recipe for:

Caramel Brownie Phyllo Cups

So me, the master un-baker, really got excited about this recipe since it was a way to use that oven thingy to make a dessert without actually having to bake.  Yay science!  I also got to use the little decorative phyllo cups you can find in the freezer section at your local grocer, which I think look cool.  (BTW, we’re not done with phyllo.  Not by a long shot!)

Now, for this recipe, I used the peanut butter brownies because I like peanut butter and caramel.  My wife (who ate about 8 of the cups) said she would have preferred caramel or chocolate chunk brownies, but obviously she wasn’t too concerned.  :)

Making Caramel Brownie Phyllo Cups

This recipe should be easy, but if you don’t have phyllo cups, use wonton wrappers.  Just poke them into greased muffin tins, brush them with butter and sugar like the recipe says, and bake until they are crispy.  These will produce substantially larger cups, but that just means you get to eat more brownie!!!

You will need:

  • 1 container phyllo cups (mine had 20 cups in it)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Dancing Deer peanut butter brownies
  • 10 tablespoons caramel sauce (I used squeeze bottle caramel ‘cuz that’s how I roll.)

Follow the directions for heating the cups on the back of the package.  Mine said to preheat the oven to 350 and bake 5-8 minutes.

However, before baking, brush the metled butter liberally on the cups and sprinkle about 1/4 tablespoon of sugar on them.  Don’t shake off the excess.  This is a dessert…that would be silly!

Once the shells are out of the oven, put half a tablespoon of caramel sauce on the bottom of each cup, then put a small piece of brownie in them, and add more caramel to the top.

You can also add chocolate sauce, whip cream, or anything else sweet.  The sky’s the limit!

Enjoy!

And Now For Some Indigestion

Given what Ms. Karter’s trying to do, I thought I might share a small fact about family homelessness each day.  Hopefully, it doesn’t make the recipes any less sweet.

According to The National Center on Family Homelessness, 1.35 million children will experience homelessness over the course of a year.  In any one day, over 200,000 children are homeless.  Fun, huh? :(

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