You know that time when you went to meet a friend for coffee at a quaint coffee chain that may or may not rhyme with “Marclucks” and you two spent three hours catching up over large iced teas and then you felt that sudden OMFG WHERE IS THE BATHROOM moment, only to get up and realize that there is a huuuuuge line outside of the women’s single-stall restroom?
Dude. We’ve all been there. You’re squirming awkwardly like a newborn baby deer because you can’t help the OHMYGAWDDD feeling inside, but the squirming makes the feeling even worse, rendering you basically useless as a human being for those critical moments. People say they can get mean when they’re hungry… well, I get mean when I need to pee like a racehorse. Don’t eeeeeeven think about talking to me because I will probably start swearing uncontrollably and then urinate all over myself. Dammit, maybe I shouldn’t have told you that.
Anywaaaays, while seizing in the middle of Starbucks waiting impatiently for the bathroom, I peeked around the corner and noticed that the single-stall men’s restroom was empty. I turned — only to see more women behind me — nary a male specimen in sight. So I did what any rational-thinking, full-bladdered person would do: I approached the empty men’s room.
Before secluding myself in my safe haven, I turned to offer the room to the women before me, as if showing them it was socially acceptable in these circumstances to violate gender rules. But they just looked at me like I was swearing uncontrollably and urinating on myself.
By the time I had finished, washed up and exited the restroom, the same line stood before me. Again, I surveyed the women, daring them with my eyes to use the men’s restroom — it’s 2014, dammit — liberate yourselves and your bowels! — but they just looked at me quizzically and didn’t budge.
So, my question is: would YOU bend gender rules and use an empty men’s room? Or is this like, incredibly taboo and I just set a voodoo hex on our human race by peeing in the male washroom? I guess we’ll never know.
Anyways, let’s stop talking about gender rebellion and start talking about brownie bomb rebellion, shall we? Ever since I introduced you to the granddaddy of them all, my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs, you guys have gone CRAZZZZYYY for the original and its unique spin-offs, like my Carrot Cake Cheesecake Brownie Bombs, S’Mores Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs and Raspberry Pie Stuffed Brownie Bombs. Well, in the spirit of being rebellious I concocted another scrumptious bomb recipe that’s sure to please your taste buds. Introducing: Baklava Brownie Bombs.
I’d hope you know what baklava is, but if you don’t, let me inform ya: baklava is a delicious dessert popular in Greece and the Middle East. It consists of layers of flaky, butter-soaked phyllo dough, spices and chopped mixed nuts. After being baked, a sweet honey lemon syrup is poured over the scored pastry to soak into all the crispy layers. This sweet treat is a favorite dessert during the holidays but can usually be found year-round at specialty grocery stores in the bakery case, or sometimes in the frozen food aisle. And if you can’t seem to track down this intoxicatingly sweet concoction, thankfully it’s relatively easy to make.
But we aren’t dishing it up solo today — we’re stuffing it inside of fudgy brownies, then topping it with a creamy white chocolate, chopped pecans and festive gold sprinkles. The result is a unique dessert combination that will wow your face off. Guaranteed.
- 12 (1" square) pieces of baklava
- 1 13x9" pan fudge brownies, baked and cooled
- 1 pkg white Candiquik or other candy coating
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- Gold sprinkles, optional
- Cut the pan of brownies into 12 squares, about 1-2" in size. Take a brownie and flatten it gently in the heel of your hand.
- Place a square of baklava in the middle of the flattened brownie and gently begin wrapping the brownie around the baklava piece to cover it. Place the coated baklava bomb onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining baklava pieces. More than likely you will not be using the edges of the brownies as they are too crispy to flatten easily; discard the edges or eat them 🙂
- Freeze the brownie bombs for about 15 minutes or until firm. Meanwhile, melt the Candiquik according to directions until smooth and melted. Set aside.
- Dip the brownie bombs into the white chocolate using a fork. Allow excess to drip off. Return the bomb to the baking sheet and immediately top with chopped pecans and gold sprinkles. Let chocolate set before serving.
- Bombs can be stored airtight at room temperature, or can be frozen. At room temperature, they stay good for about 4-5 days but are best enjoyed the day of or day after.
I love the surprise, crispy filling of the honey-butter soaked baklava pastry. It lends such a unique texture against the fudgy, chewy brownie and makes this dessert truly one-of-a-kind!
Have a delicious day!