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The 250 best brownies, bars & squares
Brody, Esther.
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Robert Rose, [2001]

Physical Description:
192 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
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Includes index.
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TX771 .B76 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The ultimate collection of easy deserts

For sweet satisfaction and easy preparation, there's nothing like a plate full of brownies, bars or squares. In the world of baking, these are the ultimate comfort foods, evoking wonderful memories of your mother's chocolate brownies, date squares, or fruit bars.

Now bestselling author Esther Brody ( The 250 Best Muffin Recipes and Another 250 Best Muffin Recipes ) brings back all that homemade goodness in The 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares .

Because they're typically baked in a single cake pan, brownies, bars and squares are remarkably simple to make. So they're ideal for busy families. And as you'll discover in this book, they offer a tremendous variety of flavors -- ranging from chocolate-based brownies to various combinations of fruits, nuts and spices that you can use to make bars and squares.

For a snack or after-dinner treat, try Caramel Double Nut Squares or Favorite Glazed Lemon Raspberry Bars . Capture the taste of summer with Rhubarb Crisp Squares or enjoy the classic sweetness of Old-Fashioned Butter Tart Bars . And for the brownie lover, you'll find plenty of ways to indulge your passion, including Classic Chocolate Nut Brownies , Coconut Macaroon Brownies , and the blissfully decadent Chocolate Chip Blondie .

These fully tested recipes are so easy and delicious, you'll want to try them all. (We're sure your family won't mind!) With Esther Brody's well-deserved reputation for imaginative baking, The 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares is an essential addition to every kitchen library.

Author Notes

Esther Brody has developed thousands of baking recipes over the years in addition to running her own successful muffin business. Her most recent books include The 250 Best Cookie Recipes , The 250 Best Muffin Recipes and Another 250 Best Muffin Recipes .



The Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Makes 24 bars 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan, greased with butter Base 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, melted 1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar 1 egg, beaten 1/3 cup (75 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract 2 cups (500 mL) graham wafer crumbs (about 30 wafers) 1 cup (250 mL) shredded coconut 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped walnuts Filling 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, softened 2 tbsp (25 mL) vanilla custard powder or vanilia instant pudding mix 2 tbsp (25 mL) milk (approximate) 2 cups (500 mL) confectioner's (icing) sugar, sifted Topping 4 squares (each I oz [28 g]) unsweetened chocolate 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter TIP Classic Nanaimo bars are made with Bird's Custard Powder. If you can't find it, substitute an equal quantity of vanilla instant pudding powder (sold in tins). Base: In a bowl mix together melted butter, sugar, egg, cocoa and vanilla until blended. In another bowl, mix together crumbs, coconut and walnuts. Add butter mixture and mix well. Press evenly into prepared pan. Chill at least 1 hour. Filling: In a bowl cream butter. Beat in custard powder, milk and confectioner's sugar until blended. If mixture is too thick, add a few drops more milk. Spread evenly over base and chill for 30 minutes or until firm. Topping: In a saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth. Spread evenly over topping, then cut into bars. Store, covered, in the refrigerator. Excerpted from The 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares by Esther Brody All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Making Great Brownies, Bars and Squaresp. 9
Browniesp. 15
Chocolate Bars and Squaresp. 35
Coconut Bars and Squaresp. 57
Fruit Bars and Squaresp. 69
Nut and Peanut Butter Bars and Squaresp. 109
Specialty Bars and Squaresp. 133
No-Bake Bars and Squaresp. 155
Esther's Special Favoritesp. 165
Frostings and Glazesp. 177
Indexp. 185