This months Baketogether was proclaimed to be a BakeTogetherParty by our fearless leader Abby Dodge. Why a party? To celebrate the release of Abby’s latest book, the fabulous Mini Treats & Handheld Sweets ~100 Delicious Desserts to Pick Up and Eat! The drill remains the same (and please join in with us anytime!); take a look at The Rules and each month switch up Abby’s recipe to fit your taste and publish your version by the end of the month…I just snuck this in on time didn’t I?
So maybe you are wondering how I got from adorable little Apple Mini Pies to these Coffee-Toffee Bonbon Squares. How the heck did I pull that rabbit out of a hat? I know…that’s quite the adaptation isn’t it? Well, it’s my own version of ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ I guess; if our challenge is to take inspiration from Abby’s post and mix it up to make our own…well I certainly did just that. I admit I’ve pushed the limits of this notion a bit so bear with me.
Abby sent me a copy of her book. Her mini pies are in the book. This recipe is in the book. Therefore I proclaim the ‘switch it up’ works if I make this dessert instead of mini pies; and well, there is butter in both of them! As much as anything I thought it would be great for you to see something totally different from Abby’s new book and besides, these were just too good to miss. How can you go wrong with chocolate and coffee and toffee and nuts and caramel anyhow?
Abby calls these Coffee-Toffee Bonbon Bites and I had the best of intentions. But I also had company here and as often happens a couple of my friends like to see the photo business in progress. I started to cut that tray of goodness into little bites and I do believe my neighbor actually guffawed; to quote, ‘What is that? Is that a serving?’ OK, maybe a bit dainty for the guys so I acquiesced and cut squares, the equivalent of 4 bites. Which were eaten as if they were a bite; inhaled maybe more like it. SO good.
A thin brownie layer that is more like a semi-soft cookie is topped with coffee ice cream doctored with your choice of ingredients and then topped with more fun stuff. Abby always encourages her fans to ‘switch it up’ and I always do. For this recipe I found some coffee ice cream that was already doctored by some guys name Ben and Jerry; Coffee with Toffee and a Whiskey Caramel Swirl. Oh yeah.
Their toffee was huge chunks of Heath Bar though so I actually ended up removing most of them (I wanted that toffee in EVERY bite!) and I threw in some Heath Bar Brickles. I liked that whiskey business though so I opted to drizzle my bars with a bit of caramel to which I added my own whiskey. Did I already say, ‘Oh yeah?’
My only lament is that they are gone. Which might be good; without help I do believe I could have devoured that entire tray. Here’s my version…but certainly mix them up as you choose; I’ll include some more of Abby’s ideas in the Notes too!
To Enter: Easy Peasy…just leave a comment; if you’re a Baketogether participant you can enter Abby’s giveaway too and both end at midnight, September 30, 2012. I’ll use Random.org to chose a winner on October 1, 2012. I’ll announce the winner officially via email and, of course, I’ll mention you on Twitter if you include your Twitter handle in your comment. The winner will have 24 hours to contact me with both your mailing address and how you want the book inscribed and Abby’s publisher, The Taunton Press, will mail it out to you wherever you live! If I don’t hear from you, sadly, I’ll move onto the next person.
Disclaimer: I was provided a review copy of Mini Treats & Handheld Sweets;
however all commentary is my own.
The book for the prize winner is being donated & mailed by
The Taunton Press and personalized by Abby Dodge.
For more info on the book check it out here on Abby’s Web Ad (trailer & videos coming soon)