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Brooke's Bombshell Brownies with Cherry Whipped Cream and High Altitude Version 
 
Feb. 13, 2012 8:11 pm 
Updated: Apr. 4, 2012 3:11 am
  Although it was frustrating to adapt a wonderful brownie recipe Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies  (link) to high altitude,  I finally came up with a custom version for 5066 feet above sea level.
For those of you who do not have to worry about high altitude alterations-just use Brooke's recipe and you will have a great recipe for brownies.
 
Brookes Best Bombshell Brownies High Altitude Version Link

Brookes Best Bombshell Brownies with Cherry Whipped Cream
 

 

 Vera Dawson wrote about high altitude brownies with a cherry whipped cream or a ganache glaze for brownies from the Vail Daily.   The recipe for the toppings sounded appealing and I thought I would share them with you.
I added the Cherry Whipped Cream to Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies. Yum!


Here is the recipe and the link below:
Cherry Whipped Cream to Top Brownies
Cherry Whipped Cream



3 tablespoons of cherry preserves


1⁄2 cup of chilled heavy whipping cream

1⁄4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

A drop or two of almond extract
Directions:

Finely chop the cherry preserves. Put them, along with the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl or four-cup measuring cup. Whip with an electric mixer or by hand until medium peaks form. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to one and a half hours.




Words of Wisdom from so many sources
I also learned a few new things along the way. It has taken a few weeks and making Brooke's brownies four times with different amounts of this and that before I came up with this one.  Oh so simple you say-but not! Susan Purdy and Vera Dawson are among the experts who say high altitude does play havoc with baking.  Vera Dawson writes for the Vail Daily. She writes twice monthly featuring recipes for high altitude. For those of you who live at the 8, 000-10, 000 feet above sea level here is the link for some great recipes. If I make any of the recipes I probably will have to tweak them to work at 5,066 feet above sea level.


Here are a few links for those of you who are interested in high altitude baking:


Words of Warning-If you live at 3, 000, 7, 000, or 10, 000 feet above sea level you may have to experiment too to get the recipes high altitude friendly. Here is a link that might help you! Cassie Pence wrote an article for the Vail Daily:


Sky High Sweets


Other links.


The  Colorado Extension Office Publications
 Pillsbury High Altitude Guide
King Arthur High Altitude Baking




Here are some things I learned along the way. I don't claim to be an expert by any means. I am a novice baker learning the ropes of baking at high altitude.


Hints
Hints that have been helpful for me:
Don't use a glass pyrex pan to make brownies. It didn't work for me.
Use a heavy baking pan 9 x 13 inch. If you use a cheap pan, this may not work for you. If you do use one of those cheap throw away pans. I would suggest baking the brownies on a cookie sheet.
If you live at high altitude you may need adjustments depending on how high you are above sea level.
I found some great advice online that you may agree with or you may not agree with. However, it worked for me.
 
 
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Naan 
Feb. 14, 2012 6:20 am
Lela, thanks for the recipe. Now maybe I can make brownies again without hanging my head in shame afterwards. I'm definitely going to give this a try. Interesting that you note not to use a glass dish; I usually make brownies in my glass pyrex and they don't turn out. Thanks for all the great tips and enjoy the nice day ahead!
 
Lela 
Feb. 14, 2012 6:28 am
You are welcome nancypants. I hope they turn out for you. Happy Valentine's Day!
 
Feb. 14, 2012 7:23 am
Hi Lela, thank you for the high altitude adjustments! I might have to wait on baking this as I only have glass baking dish... but when I do acquire a non-glass one, I will be sure to give this a shot!
 
Lela 
Feb. 14, 2012 8:57 am
Your welcome merlion! Just make sure you find a thick gauge pan. I have my Mother-in-Law's pan. Some of the pans are really flimsy. Here is a pan from Wilton for around $12.00. I am sure there are better pans out there. http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Recipe-Right-Oblong-Cover/dp/B000FCD118/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329238554&sr=8-1
 
Mar. 25, 2012 9:59 am
Brooke's Bombshell Brownies is just the absolute best brownie recipe out there. I always use it as my base and change it up to get the flavors I want. Love the Cherry Whipped Cream...I'm drooling for a brownie now!
 
Lela 
Apr. 4, 2012 3:11 am
Hi Grumpy-I loved the cherry whipped cream. It was a change from ice cream. Brownies are one of my family's favorite desserts.
 
 
 
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
My favorite things to cook
I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
 
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