Saturday, October 17, 2009

Symphony Brownies

The hubby and I have very similar food tastes and philosophies. We like food that tastes good, regardless of its preparation complexity or snob level. We share many of the same favorite dishes. Where our tastes do differ -- such as the hubby's love for seafood -- we agree that it's still OK for one person to indulge those tastes while the other person finds something else to eat.

One area where we differ is that I like to experiment more with recipes, whereas the hubby sees no reason to try new recipes for dishes that he thinks we've already perfected. Why try a new stew recipe when we already make the perfect stew? Why try a different cheesecake when fudge truffle can't be beat?

You can imagine the look on his face tonight when I offered to bake brownies, but told him I was throwing Symphony bars in the middle of it.

This is a recipe that I first saw on one of Paula Deen's cooking shows, and I've seen it posted elsewhere, as well. Most recipes call for breaking up two Symphony bars, but I could swear I saw Paula just plop three whole ones into her brownies, so that's what I did.

These are scrumptious. Even the hubby liked them. I warned him that there were toffee bits in the brownies. (I didn't mention the almonds. He would've freaked.) When I asked how they were, he said, "Good, but there's some sort of crunchy $@&# in them." So here you go. Easy, good brownies with crunchy $@&# in them.

Symphony Brownies
Makes 16

1 family-sized pkg. of brownie mix
Oil, eggs, and water, as per package instructions
3 4.25-oz. Symphony bars with almonds and toffee

1. Preheat oven as directed on package, and spray cooking spray in the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan.

2. Prepare brownie batter according to package instructions.

3. Pour half the batter in the pan. Lay unwrapped candy bars in a single layer on the batter. Cover with the remaining batter.

4. Bake according to package instructions. Let cool slightly before cutting.

That was my attempt at a picture. Here's another.

This was taken by my brother, Cory, who was visiting his new nephew. Cory brought a lens that's longer than my arm, and stopped taking cute Jack pics long enough to take some cute brownie pics.

I'm thinking about making Cory my official blog photographer. Of course, he'd have to move in. He can share baby Jack's room. Jack thinks sleep is for babies, so he's certainly not using it.


Palidor said...

I've never heard of Symphony bars. They must to be available in Canada. I'm with you on experimenting... I'd say these brownies are a huge success!

Donna-FFW said...

Ive read of these also, and wanted to try them, thanks for the reminder! Sounds delicious!

girlichef said...

Oh, I heart that crunchy $@&# !!! These look super addicting.

Cathy said...

Like Palidor, I don't think they have these bars in Canada....I wonder what else they would be similar too? I so need to try this recipe!

Valerina said...

:)) Leave it to Paula to find a way of incorporating an entire candy bar into a brownie!
I wish I could grab one right through the computer screen.

angelinthekitchen said...

No Symphony bars in Canada??? What a disgrace. The Symphony bars are a really creamy chocolate with bits of toffee and almond ... taste-wise, they remind me of Toblerones.

In the name of international diplomacy, let me know if you need Symphony bars, Palidor and Cathy. (You can ship chocolate to Canada, right? It's just things like live puppies and cacti that are frowned upon?)

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMMMMM,...the brownies do look good,...the pictures are excellent, you know!!

Juliana said...

Oh! I never had symphony bars...looks delicious in the brownie :-)

Talita said...

Love the name and pics!! Looks so yummy!

Jen said...


and so flippin' easy!!!! I am sure one extreme chocolate addict in my house is going to be very, very happy that I tried these out tonight.