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Convection Peanut Butter Brownies
Preparing a simple dessert such as a fruit crisp, some baked apples, or a bread pudding that can be baked at the same time as cooking a complete oven meal is actually quite easy with a Convection oven. To demonstrate my point, I am making Peanut Butter Brownies along with chicken breast. These are easy to assemble and cook at the same temperature as the other dishes. Many kids enjoy cooking and this is a great project for kids to work on while you are preparing the other dishes.
So let’s see how it all comes together.
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 stick, unsalted butter, cut into quarters
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
½ tsp Kosher salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour ( I used Bobs Red Mill)
For the Peanut Butter Swirl
3 tbs unsalted butter, melted
½ cup peanut butter (I used smooth)
⅓ cups powdered sugar
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla extract
If baking with the Convection meal, heat the oven in the Convection Bake mode 350°F. Typically we reduce the recipe temperature by 25 degrees when baking in Convection, but when the oven is loaded with several dishes a higher temperature will give better results and not affect the brownies adversely. If baking all 3 dishes, bake the Brownie on the lower rack.
If baking the brownie on its own use either Convection Bake 325°F or traditional Bake 350°F and place the pan on the 2nd or 3rd rack up from the bottom of the oven.
Line an 8” baking pan with parchment or foil, leaving the edges hanging over the side of the pan. Spray the foil or paper with a light film of cooking spray.
Melt the chocolate and butter over moderate heat or in the microwave then stir in the cocoa powder. Whisk until smooth, then set aside and prepare the peanut butter swirl.
Melt the 3tbs of butter and combine with the peanut butter, powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla in a bowl and set aside.
Whisk the sugar, salt, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl until combined. Whisk the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Stir the flour until just combined but not overmix.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and drop dollops of peanut butter onto the batter and gently swirl the peanut mixture into the batter.
Bake, as directed above for 30 - 35 minutes or until the tester, comes out clean.
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Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake
One of the great mysteries of the the appliance industry is that most ovens sold nowadays feature Convetion cooking modes; however, recipes rarely reference cooking with Convection.
1 - cup whole raw almonds lightly toasted and cooled
¾ - cup twice-sifted cake flour
1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
4 - large eggs
1 - cup sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of one small orange or Meyer lemon
⅔ - cup extra virgin olive oil
Toast the almonds in the Convection Mode 325 degrees until golden brown inside, set aside to cool completely.
Leave the oven set at 325 or change to 350 degrees if using standard Bake Mode.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” round cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
Place the almonds in a food processor with one third of the cake flour and process until almost as fine as sand.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the remaining cake flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in the ground almond mixture.
In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until well-blended. Add the sugar gradually then add the vanilla and orange zest. Continue whipping on high speed until the mixture triples in volume, about 3 minutes.
On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the olive oil and beating just until the batter is blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch in the center. Cook in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.
Recipe from “Wine Country Table ” author Janet Fletcher