After Rosie Daykin achieved her childhood dream of running a bakery, she found a way to channel her experience as an interior designer — by releasing a cookbook of baked goods showcasing her style of decorating with soft pastel colours and nostalgic flavours.

Now Daykin has released a follow-up cookbook to her first, Butter Baked Goods, which was named after her Vancouver bakery.

Daykin

Rosie Daykin runs Butter Baked Goods in Vancouver, and is also the author of two cookbooks. (Twitter/ButterBakedCafe)

Her new book, Butter Celebrates, features recipes focused around specific holidays and themes, including Mother's Day, New Year's Day, and Hanukkah.

Daykin shared a St. Patrick's Day recipe with North by Northwest for Irish whiskey brownies, which she said strikes the perfect balance between a "cakey brownie and a chocolatey brownie.

"A brownie is a very rewarding baked good," Daykin told host Sheryl MacKay.

"It's low stress, high enjoyment."

Irish Whiskey Brownies

Ingredients: 

Brownie

The finished product, before being sliced up. (Sheila Peacock/CBC)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa
  • 2 1⁄2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Makes 16 bars

You will need: 1 (9- x 9-inch) baking pan, buttered and lined with parchment paper

Storage: These brownies will keep in an airtight container for up to one week or in the freezer for up to three months.

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. On a large piece of parchment paper, sift the flour and cocoa. Set aside.

3. In a double boiler, or a small heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt 2 cups of the chocolate chips and the butter, and whisk to combine. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before whisking in the whiskey (that's fun to say!). Set aside.

4. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar and salt until very pale yellow.

5. With the mixer running on low speed, add the melted chocolate and beat to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the dry ingredients and beat again until well combined.

6. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until the brownies are firm to the touch.

8. Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool completely in the pan before cutting.

With files from CBC's North by Northwest


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