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Rosemary Rye Brownies

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breadsong

Rosemary Rye Brownies

Hello everyone,
A dear friend sent me a link to a Rosemary Rye Brownie recipe, on the PBS Food Blog, Kitchen Vignettes, written by Aube Giroux. (nice video to accompany the recipe)

Gave this one a whirl for Valentine's Day. A really lovely brownie, the rosemary flavor becoming more apparent the second day after baking and the rosemary a wonderful accent to the chocolate flavor.

(rapidly melting raspberry sorbet alongside, something 'red' for my Valentine)

I love the little hit of salt flavor to accompany chocolate so folded coarse salt in along with the dry ingredients, so the salt would not completely dissolve in the bake.

 

I've made another of Aube's recipes, her Rye Blueberry Cookie - outstanding! (and another beautiful video)
(the Rye Blueberry Cookie at left in photo below, on the right an experiment with whole wheat and cranberry)

 

Thank you, Ms. Giroux, for sharing these delicious ways to bake with rye flour!

Happy rye baking, everyone!
:^) breadsong 

 

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dabrownman

Wife's birthday cake today, if she didn't make brownies for Valentines Day!  Still love the rye cookies from Southwest Airlines breadsong.... and thanks for this link too.

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breadsong

Hi dabrownman,
Oh, I bet you've made an absolute beauty of a cake for your wife for her birthday!
I hope she's had a great day!
So happy you like those chocolate salted rye cookies (they are a solid favorite here) - I think you'd like these brownies too!
:^) breadsong

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Janetcook

Hi Breadsong,

What a coincidence that you posted today.  I was just thinking about you and wondering what you have been up to in your kitchen.  Now I know.  What a lovely brownie.  I have been eying brownie recipes and I might just have to give this a go ifI take the plunge.

Cookies look good too.  Like the ones you baked up last year that got me started on baking cookies for the Friday night crew where my son works.  I will have to check these out and they may end up on my cookie list.  (My supply is dwindling so I am collecting in anticipation.)

 From watching the video her dough appears to lack the stickiness that I recall from last year's recipe.  Did you find that to be true when you mixed up your batch?

Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Take Care,

Janet

 

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breadsong

Hi Janet,
Thanks so much re: the brownie. I loved the tenderness and moist texture of these, and the flavor was great and even better as the rosemary continued to emerge!
I have you to thank for these Rye Blueberry Cookies - I think you sent me a link to some Hippie Cookies, from this blog, http://mangiatuttadimaiale.blogspot.com/; I don't think this blog is active any longer but glad the recipe lives on in its original source on PBS Food :^)
I don't remember this being a sticky mix as it seems to roll easily into a log shape for chilling.
Are you still baking cookies Fridays for the crew? You are the kindest person, making so many beautiful breads and goodies for your family and friends.
Have received excellent feedback about these Rye Blueberry Cookies - outstanding flavor. Using whole rye flour for cookies (and now brownies) has been a revelation! I experimented a bit at Christmas with a rolled Swedish gingerbread using whole rye flour and was really impressed how you could roll and re-roll the dough many times and there was no change in texture or toughening of the dough!
:^) breadsong

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Janetcook

Well, I couldn't wait to try the rye brownies so I baked up a batch first thing this morning.  They went to several friends so I do not thing the rosemary flavor will have time to emerge.  The comments I got from the women at my local knitting store were that they couldn't tell that I had used rye flour.  All said that what really stood out was the chocolate flavor and the texture.  When I left the store all had wide grins on their faces and I can't imagine that any brownies lasted the hour.   :)

I had forgotten that it was I who pointed you to those cookies.  I had remembered it that it was you who did the pointing.  So much for my memory.  

Yes, I still bake for the Friday night crew.   Me thinks this week they will get brownies instead of cookies.....  When I do my next marathon cookie dough mix I will experiment with rye flour in some of them too and see what results.  I know when I use oat flour people really what it adds in terms of texture and nutty flavor.  Endless experiments :*)

Take Care,

Janet

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breadsong

Hi Janet, so happy the ladies liked the texture and flavor of the brownies!  And I hope the Friday night crew does too :^)
Happy experimenting with your flours. My dear friend who sent me the brownie recipe also sent me this link (macaron with pumpkin seed meal) and this one too (macaron with cornmeal) ... more interesting ideas!
:^) breadsong

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Janetcook

Thanks for the links.  The macaroons look scrumptious and labor intensive. I am not brave enough to venture into that land quite yet :O.   Give me a few more years!

Janet

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Janetcook

Hi Breadsong,

I just got in from the bank, which is where I dropped off some brownies the other day.  When I entered I was instantly swamped with requests for THE brownie recipe.  Comments from several of the employees were that they were the BEST brownies they had ever tasted.

I wanted you to know that you post not only inspired me to bake the rye brownies but has now sparked and interest in others too.

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy life to share your delicacies here with us.

Take Care,

Janet 

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breadsong

Hi Janet,
Thank you so much! 
I was so pleased with how these turned out, thought this would be a great one to share on TFL, and couldn't be happier that the people you kindly baked them for loved them too!
:^) breadsong

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varda

Almost missed this.   Glad I checked in.   Count on you for such beautiful valentine's day baking!  -Varda

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breadsong

Hi Varda,
Thank you so much! and hope all is going well for you!
:^) breadsong

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mutantspace

just found this link - love the idea of rye brownies and i hae loads of rosemary out the front so thats my project for the weekend...the rye salted chocolate cookies are fantastic as are these from River Cottage using beetroot and chocolate which is a marriage made in heaven....@ https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/chocolate-and-beetroot-brownies