I love King Arthur.
Not the mythical owner of Excalibur but rather the flour company in Vermont.
I order a huge box o’flour every quarter and store it in my chest freezer so that I have what I need. If you sign up for their newsletter you get notice of all the special offers including free shipping (The sign up form is at the lower right of the home page of the site). I think my last order came in two boxes, weighed a total of 80lbs and caught me the stink eye from my UPS driver.
But I needs me my White Whole Wheat Flour. And I might have ordered some other flours with which to experiment but I’m not talking. I will also add that the company has some of the best customer service I have ever experienced. EVER. Great products, good service – a truly winning combination.
Now I would write that whether I had these two products to review or not, ’cause believe me I spend a lot of money with this company and I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t believe in them. My money is tight and I think long and hard before I spend it….
But I am lucky enough to have received two fun products to review; Mini Peanut Butter Cups and Caramel Bits. Two of my favorite flavors. It was time to bake for the firemen again so I knew I would use them for “the men.” Alas, on baking day I was not feeling well AT ALL so my creativity level was at less than zero so I went for a basic – brownies. Still delicious, definitely decadent but not as much fun as I would have wanted.
|The current edition looks different ’cause mine is so old|
I used my King Arthur Whole Grain Baking Cookbook – an excellent book for working whole grain flours into everyday baked goods. I go back to this quite often and no one knows they are eating treats made with whole wheat flours. I have had this book for YEARS! The recipe is for Double Fudge Brownies – I have made it before and it is fool proof.
Here we go:
First I got all of the ingredients together (I needed a batch and a half so what you see in the photos will not match the measurements I am giving you. I will give the recipe for one batch of brownies.) It makes the process soooooo much easier if you get your ingredients ready before you begin.
I cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups brown sugar – light or dark
3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Espresso Powder (optional but it does add a real depth to the finished brownies)
1 TBSP vanilla extract (pure)
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I did not have any so I just chopped up some blocks of semi-sweet chocolate)
Add ins: Mini peanut butter cups and caramel bits.
Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 9 x 13 pan.
Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed pan over low heat. (You can also microwave it but I will NEVER be a microwave cook. Too old I think….) Add the sugar and stir to combine. Return it to the heat until it bubbles around the edges. This will give you a nice, shiny crust. Remove from the heat.
Stir in the cocoa, baking powder, salt, espresso powder and vanilla. Cool until it’s comfortable to the touch. Like warm bath water.
Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth.
Add the flour and the chocolate chips.
Here is where I diverted from the recipe. If you are just making the brownies you would spread the batter in the prepared pan and pop them in the oven but I had fun add-ins to play with! I put HALF of the batter in the pan and then I sprinkled some of the Mini Peanut Butter Cups and Caramel Bits around the batter. I then spread the other half of the batter on top and sprinkled MORE – bwahahahaha! I wanted these to be really yummy!
I forgot to take a photo before they went in the oven…what can I say.
I put the pan in the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes. Mine needed more time because I had increased the volume. When they came out they looked gorgeous!
The firemen loved them. The hubby brought a little piece home for me. I ate it the next day and it was indeed yummy. The peanut butter cups and the caramel added dimension and fun to a rich, fudgy brownie.
I erm, also sampled the products out of the bag. The Caramel Bits were my favorite of the two; they had a lovely, buttery caramel flavor and were fun to munch. I think they would be lots of fun to add to cookies and ice cream. I am sure I will order some with my next order to King Arthur. The Mini Peanut Butter Cups packed a good peanut butter flavor and I liked that they held their shape even after baking.
So, if you want to add some new flavors and surprise to your next baking project check out King Arthur! They have lots of other ingredients and flavorings not to mention baking mixes and cooking gadgets to make your time in the kitchen productive and fun!
If anyone in your household needs gluten free products – King Arthur is there for you! You can find flours and mixes and lots of recipes. There is also a gluten free newsletter. Just look on the bottom left on this page.
You can find King Arthur on Facebook
You can find King Arthur on Twitter
You can read the King Arthur Blog
Disclosure: I received products to try gratis from King Arthur. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free product. I received no monetary compensation for this post.