food: brownies américain


I just finished reading The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  B. caught me laughing out loud more than once, and I even caught him reading the chapter on coffee (if only to gather information for argument that I’m addicted to the stuff) and chortling himself a time or two.

Although not altogether complimentary of Parisians and their oftentimes bureaucratic approach to life (except when it comes to waiting in lines, and picking up after their dogs, and looking for a loo, etc, where they decidedly play loosey-goosey with the rules), he’s also detailed what he loves about Paris (and most of that involves food!) and why he’s still there.

The book is interspersed with tons of recipes that I’m itching to make, but I decided to start with his final recipe of the book- Dulce de Leche Brownies (although I’ve dubbed them Brownies Américain in our house, since these are the treats that most endear him to French adversaries in a variety of sticky situations). B. loves brownies, so this seemed a perfect way to endear myself to my own household as well!

Rather than re-type the recipe, I’ll just send you to David’s blog where he’s posted his recipe for Dulce de Leche Brownies. His blog is a continuation of the casual, honest and funny writing style that I experienced in the book, so it’s been added to my roster of sites to check out weekly. Although my brownies didn’t come out quite as dense as those pictured on his blog (my overzealous mixing, or the addition of the optional nuts may have something to do with that), and I certainly didn’t get my dulce de leche ‘pockets’ to be as pretty, the brownie was delicious.  And that’s really all that matters, isn’t it?


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