Momma Told Me: Potato Chip Brownie Recipe: #1/5 Potato Chip Cooking Series

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Potato Chip Brownie Recipe: #1/5 Potato Chip Cooking Series

Potato Chip Brownies
Momma Told Me: Why not Sugar and Spice?

Chubby Hubby, Chicken and Waffles, Hawaiian Pizza, Chocolate Dipped Pretzels, Maple Bacon, and Freshly Dunked French Fries in a Frozen Chocolate Shake. What did these food combinations do for you? I ask, because, much like the children of our youth, adults have a surprisingly guttural reaction to that which sounds abnormal. How many times have you heard of a pregnant woman craving the strangest combinations, such as pickles and ice cream? How often do you hear of those same women learning to crave those items long after their pregnancy? It's a simple fact that our 'adult' culinary minds are often closed off initially to what is not considered mainstream. This is why I love cooking and baking in the privacy of my own home; I can experiment without stigma. And believe me, not everything I crank out of my kitchen has been a whopping success- there was the time I thought I could deep fry tortillas into ice cream cones, can you say M-E-S-S? But there is something time proved I can always count on. Salty does go well with sweet, it is simply a matter of deciding which flavor note should overpower the other.
As you likely already know, I love to create unusual sweets, and time saving meals that are easy on the chef and well rounded for the family. Sometimes I like to deviate from what is considered 'proper,' and experiment with ingredients that are less than 'healthy.' Don't get me wrong, there are all types of potato chips, and I'll be happy to wrap this series with a homemade, baked, recipe- but, today, we will begin this series of Potato Chip Recipes with something purely frivolous. Chocolate chips? It's already been done; I have a bag full of tiny black semi-sweet morsels in my pantry. Oh, you mean chocolate AND chips- well, I've actually had chocolate dipped potato chips on several occasions and the combination is surprisingly tasty. In fact, when I made my 'BLT' birthday cake, for my father a few years back, I hand dipped Ruffles Ridges chips in yellow dyed white chocolate, and it was easily one of the tastiest sweets I've had since. I actually champion white chocolate (I know, not 'real' chocolate), for dipping chips, as the extra sweetness really balances out the salt on thicker ruffled chips.
But I digress. There I was the other week, staring at a disappointing bag of Chicken and Waffles Lay's, when it hit me; I could create something much tastier, and far more intriguing. So I set out to present my wonderful readers with a series of 5 potato chip themed recipes spanning desserts, appetizers, and snacks. Welcome to post 1: Double Chocolate Potato Chip Brownies, you're welcome World! Of course, there will be some skeptics. The truth is, you could just as easily crumble some chips on a boxed brownie mix, prior to sending it to the oven. But 'potato chip brownies' just don't seem as 'cool' unless they're homemade; and this recipe will offer a richer, cocoa flavor, that will highlight the salty notes within the crunchy shards. Yes, I know 'shards' don't sound appetizing, but that's one downfall of baking chips, extra salty crunch (just remember how you used to fight to eat Cap'n Crunch, as it scoured the top of your mouth). And, of course, you can control the crunch factor by altering the size of the chip crumbs you sprinkle, smaller crumbs will be easier to integrate, while larger chunks will have a more dramatic appearance and offer a bolder sweet to salt flavor.
Potato Chip Brownies
So how did my glorious golden shard (I'm sticking with shard) brownies turn out? This was my first time baking from scratch with melted chips and cocoa in the recipe. The result was a much gooier brownie the first run. I put the second batch in for an extra 10 minutes and they cooked to a 'springy' texture that was still quite dense, but a bit fluffier. I think it's purely preference how long you cook them past the initial 30 minutes. I rather like the gooey first batch, which was perfect for a scoop of ice cream a-la-mode. I also drizzled a little extra melted chocolate over the chips after removing them from the oven, this helps hold them in place and add that extra 'wedged' sweet and salty experience. Just remember, chips do go stale, and they will get soft of chewy if left out exposed to humidity and air, so keep them well sealed when not being devoured!

What Daughter Says: Have your cake, and eat your chips too, with this sweet and salty recipe that's sure to have guests turning heads.





Potato Chip Brownies
Potato Chip Brownie Recipe
(or.....just crumble chips on a boxed mix and call it your own)
***Printable potato chip brownie recipe here

Ingredients:

* 1 1/2 C Flour
* 2 1/4 C Sugar
* 2 TSP Baking Powder
* 1 C Butter, softened
* 5 Eggs
* 10oz Dark Chocolate Baking Chips
* 1 TBS Cocoa
* 1/2 TSP Vanilla Extract
* 2 C Crushed Potato Chips

Directions:
Preheat Oven to 350F

1.) In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and cocoa.
2.) In a small pot melt butter, 8oz of baking chips, and sugar. Stir continuously until evenly combined. Mixture should be slightly gritty to the touch.
3.) Add eggs and vanilla extract to the flour mixture and gently combine. Next, introduce chocolate butter mixture, stirring until just combined.
4.) Pour into a prepared baking pan (9x9 preferred, I like to spray my pans with PAM, then dust with cocoa powder), and cook at 350F for 30 MINS. For a stiffer brownie, leave in an additional 10 MINS.
5.) Remove from oven and drizzle remaining baking chips, melted, across the top of the chips. Store, sealed from air, in the refrigerator, when not being served.

19 comments:

  1. This looks so delicious! Thank you for the instructions how to do this!! My daughter would love eating this, and so would I!

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  2. I have got to try this! Especially at that one specific time each month. I have the biggest craving for sweet and salty. And the brownie mix on its own sounds amazing. Never thought to add salty chips. Yum!

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  3. I don't enjoy most salty/sweet food combos but I do like kettle corn. this recipe looks like a simliar concept. I will have to try it!

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  4. this is such a unique recipe!!! it looks really good.

    :)
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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  5. Like Teresha, I love kettle corn. I often like sweet/salty granola bars too so giving your recipes a try. Pinning for future reference. I think I pin your stuff more than anyone I know. :-)

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  6. These sound SO good! I love sweet and salty and would never think to do this, even though I really like chocolate covered potato chips. Great idea!

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  7. Here's all I know...sweet and salty is like heaven. At birthday parties? All you need is potato chips and birthday cake on your plate. This solves that. Mmmmm.

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  8. Jenna, you should totally publish a cookbook. I love your recipe posts! This one has the best of TWO worlds--- sweet and salty, but also a cool texture combo.

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  9. Looks interesting but I love sweet & salty so have to try this recipe!

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  10. Wow this does sound good, I would of never thought to put chips with a brownie and yes chocolate does change the taste of anything. I wish hubby liked it so I could try, maybe when grandkids come over next time.. Thanks for sharing..

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  11. I HAVE SEEN RECIPES USING POTATO CHIP BEFORE. I GUESS I AM A LITTLE SKEPTICAL BUT IT DOES LOOK GOOD. Cheryl Abdelnour cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

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  12. This will be fun to make with my son and hubby. As I love anything chocolate and they love chips. Thanks, for sharing it.

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  13. I have never seen a recipe for brownies with chips in them, but it sounds great, I love the sweet and salty flavors together.

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  14. This was a first for me but that sounds really good!

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  15. Love sweet and salty combos, so will have to try this one for sure. I always throw my M&M's into my bowl of popcorn at the movies, salt and chocolate, Mmmm!

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  16. I love Brownies and chips, the perfect combination. I like that it is a fun recipe.

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  17. I use to actually take a bite of a cupcake and then shove a chip in my mouth i love the contrasting flavors.love this recipe

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