Tuesday, July 13, 2010

TWD - Brrrr-ownies


As a child, Mum used to give my brother and I some money to spend at the corner shop, and we would walk there with our father every Sunday morning. In those days, 50 cents went a long way (and I am not that old!), and many was the happy Sunday morning we would spend chowing down on our booty. Mixed lollies were a favourite of mine, and you used to be able to choose what you wanted without the shop assistant getting mad, even if you wanted 2 of every sort in the window. I also liked Jelly Tip and Teddy Bear ice blocks, Musk Lifesavers, Cherry Ripes, Caramello Koalas and Mint Patties. Mint Patties used to be made by Rowntree Hoadley, an Australian confectionery company that was subsequently bought out by Nestle.


This brings me to this week's
Tuesday with Dorie challenge, hosted by Karen of Welcome to Our Crazy Blessed Life. She chose Dorie's Brrrr-ownies - being brownies containing chopped up York mint patties. I have never laid eyes on a York mint pattie, but I assume that good old Aussie Mint Patties are the same - peppermint nougat covered in dark chocolate. It sounded pretty good to me!!


These brownies were easy to make - no mixer or fancy equipment was needed. They were also delicious - gooey when they are warm straight out of the oven, and fudgy and rich once set. I am not sure that the mint pattie pieces reminded me of ice, as Dorie suggested, but they sure tasted good.



I'd make these again if Mint Patties weren't so expensive - 99 cents each at Woolies, so I only used 4 (instead of the 8 I'd need to get anywhere near what the recipe suggested). Those days of the 20 cent chocolate bar at the corner shop seem a long way away ...



Thanks to Karen for hosting us this week. Visit her site for the recipe or buy Dorie's fab book. To drool over some more brrrr-ownies, visit the TWD blogroll.

24 comments:

The Blonde Duck said...

Ben just told me how much he liked york patties last night! Being a brownie fiend, I know he'd love these.

Sarah @ For the Love of Food said...

Wow that story takes me back - my favourites were Cobbers but they cost 5c when everything else was 1c or 2c (and crown mints were two for 50c so even though I wasn't that keen on them I'd have to get some to pad out the bag :)). These brownies are long way from there - they look decadent and delicious.

Emily said...

Yum yum. I love mint chocolate anything! These brownies sound fabulous.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Mmm these sound great! I wonder if little junior mints would work in this recipe too? :D

cindy said...

As a child I loved Flicks--just yummy chocolate. Great at the Saturday movie with a bag of salty popcorn!
Fun memories, delish brownies.

The Caked Crusader said...

It was always jelly snakes for me!

Brownies look lovely - I like the idea of them being minty

Jennifer said...

Going to the candy store was always such a treat for me, too, as a child!

Your brownies look fabulous!

Kayte said...

That's quite a list of treats...I can't think that I know what all those even are, but it sounds like fun. Your brownies look great!

Johanna GGG said...

yours look delicious - never had brownies when I was young so have a lot to make up for - but I probably had my fair share of mixed lollies - loved mates though the caramel was quite chewy. Milk bottles also fascinated me because they tasted milky but so much better than milk.

Flourchild said...

I liked reading your story about the walks to get all the yummy candy! I used to eat Swedish fish all the time as a kid! It's neat how some of the best memories are involving food!
Your brownies look so good. I loved this recipe too!

Peggy said...

Oh those look great! And your list of treats sound very tasty. I'm sure one peppermint patty would work as well as another. I've never heard of a mixed lollie.

Karen said...

What a fun memory! Glad these turned out well for you. Thanks for baking with me this week!

Jules Someone said...

Yum! See, you need a friend in the states to send you some York patties... ;-)

Lauryn said...

your brownies look wonderful! Cute story! I love old school candy shops!!

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope Fred feels better!

Cakelaw said...

@ Peggy - it's just my way of saying lots of different types of candy. And it's delicious!

@ Jules - LOL - we can do an exchange of Mint Patties for York Peppermint Patties just to see the difference (if any).

Thanks Duckie - he came home yesterday and apparently is doing fine, despite a rather nasty surgery slash. Fingers crossed that all is well for him.

margot said...

Your brownies look great and it's always wonderful when a recipe evokes such great memories. I love seeing (and trying) the different types of candy from other countries. I like your blog's new look!

Heavenly Housewife said...

What a cool idea for a brownie (i don't know if that is a pun intended or not LOL).
I used to like cherry favoured Luden's cough drops. Till this day i don't know if they were actually medicinal or just cherry candy. They sure didn't taste like medicine.
*kisses* HH

steph- whisk/spoon said...

caramello koalas--i wish i'd tried that when i lived in australia! your brownies look great...mint & chocolate is one of my favorite combos!

Cakelaw said...

@ Margot - thanks! I think it is a little less cluttered, and it reminds me of the colours of the kitchen I'd like to have.

@ HH - those cherry candies sound dangerous! Yum!

Hi Steph, I can remedy the CK issue - I'll be in touch.

Tammy said...

I am yet to make these- you cant get peppermint patties in NZ so think I will use after dinner mint slices. yours look fabulous!

Ivy said...

The brownies look delicious. I tried the links but didn't find the recipe.

Barbara Bakes said...

I too have fond memories of Dad giving us money to spend at the corner market. These brownies sound like a great flavor combination.

jillbert said...

Your brownies look great! Too bad mint patties are so expensive.