Thursday, August 21, 2008

Green is the new Brown!

So let's eat Greenies instead of Brownies!

According to the latest fashion news the color brown is completely updated and out of style. The new color to use is green! So paint your house green, buy green clothes and most of all cook and bake green goodies!

Well I just made that up, but I allways felt bownies should be allowed to have other colors other than brown (and no, blonde is not an actual color)!

I get a lot of ideas constantly, I usually carry arround a small notebook where I write ideas for future sweet creations. Sometimes I'm inspired by an ingredient, a book, a smell, a person... Sometimes I have a clear image of what I want to do, sometimes improvisation is my commis. Sometimes I don't know what to name the ideas I have , sometimes the name itself is the idea...

For these greenies I just had the name. I just wanted to make a green brownie just so I could name it greenie! And in my world that's a perfectly good reason to bake something!

GREENIES (White chocolate & Pistachio brownies)

  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup ground pistachios (in the food processor)
  • 60 gr butter (2.1 oz – ½ stick)
  • 100 gr (3.5 oz) white chocolate
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • A few drops green food colouring (optional)
  • A handful whole toasted pistachios (optional)

Melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave. Be careful because white chocolate burns very easily, so make sure you check it often. Once melted add the sugar and almond extract and mix well, then add the eggs, one by one. Combine the flour, salt and pistachios and mix in, just until it’s all incorporated. Add now the whole pistachios and food colouring if using. Bake in preheated oven at 180ºC (350ºF) until done but still moist in the center.

This is a small batch and I’ve baked it in a loaf pan (with oil spray), so it was probably half an usual brownie recipe. Just double everything to bake it in a square pan if you'd like.

I loved them! I was worried they would be too sweet because of the white chocolate, but no. The texture and flavour given by the pistachios was really what I was expecting, plus I love their Shrek look! Next time I'll add chocolate chunks and maybe some orange zest... Oh my I can't wait!

Green is the color of hope, so I hope you like them!

67 comments:

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I love pistachios. These look great.

I've been running into so many good recipes lately and I'm running out of time to make them. So not fair!

Lisa said...

I like brownies but I think I would love these!

Sharon said...

I love the first picture! Green brownies it is. Thanks for setting this season's dessert trends :)

Mandy said...

This is very creative! At first I thought the green color is matcha! I have to agree that green is the new brown. :D

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I was thinking Machi at first, but pistachio is even better! What a great twist for a brownie/bar!

Ivy said...

These are unique and look very good and moist. Yum!

Kitchen Flavours said...

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The Blonde Duck said...

Blonde isn't a color. It's an attitude and way of life.

Everytime I think Greenies I think of the bones my dogs chew on....but these are too cute not to try!

noble pig said...

Are you the new brownie master? Between potato brownies and these...holy cow woman. You are are the sinstress I love!

Jeanine said...

I really need to try baking with pistachios, these look awesome! What a great flavour combo.

BTW, way to go on the haircut too, 10" is a LOT at once!

Judy said...

I've been checking your blog ever since you made those unbelievable inside-out chocolate chip cookies that were on Katrina's blog. I have a blog, too (judyskitchen.blogspot.com). I just have to tell you how impressed I am with your creativity. Your recipes tend to be so unique and creative, and I wonder how you can come up with them. You certainly have learned to think out of the box. The white-chocolate pistachio brownies look wonderful and if I ever get through my list of want-to-trys, I'll make them. Today I made zucchini brownie cupcakes with chocolate-peanut butter ganache, but it won't post till tomorrow. It's dull compared to what you do.

cakebrain said...

What an inspirational idea for my favourite treat! I love white chocolate and I love pistachios. This looks so good!

linda said...

Greenies...love the name! And love the recipe too!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

It took me a while coming in to realize the star was pistachios...lol, I was wondering, what on earth could make brownies green! This sounds like it would be a delicious dessert

Maria said...

I love green and I have lots of white chocolate! Thanks for the great recipe!! I don't think I can wait until St. Patrick's Day to try these:)

Jodie said...

Ooh, these sound yummy. Love the combination!

Dawn said...

Oh boy potato brownies, now green brownies, I am anxious to see what will be next.
These look amazing. Love the pictures too.

Aran said...

estos son mas como blondies no? que ricos....

Ann said...

Well, thank god you didn't see that green was the new black - that it's only the new brown - or I'd be so screwed! Phew.

Love the look of these brownies, er, greenies - mostly bc they look so fabulously moist!

Ben said...

I was wondering how you could made green brownies (I think greenies is a great name LOL) and white chocolate and pistachios make perfect sense for this recipe. Oh they look so delicious!

Leslie said...

What a great idea! Brown is sooooo 2007!

Sophie said...

that's so cute, I love their name, too! What a fun idea...adding pistachios is a flavorful way to make 'green brownies' :).

Katie said...

When I first saw this picture I thought please let them be pistachio and you did not disappoint. These look great even if they are green.

Lina said...

mmmmmmm those look so yummy! A little off the topic, but my dogs biscits that are good for their teeth are called greenies. haha. I would much rather have your greenies. obrigada.

Passionate About Baking said...

Oooh I love these Greenies...how novel is that! And my favourite nut too! Far too yummy!! yes, I think orange would rock in there too!

Prudy said...

This reminds me of the old city markets in Jerusalem. They had tons of pastries made with pistachio and the color was shock green. They look so fun and colorful, Yum!

Krysta said...

i could get behind some white chocolate and pistachio greenies... how creative.

Jenny said...

Way cool! These look so fun and I want to make them this weekend!

cookemila said...

te lo copio a la de ya...visto que no consigo este verde mas que con los pistachos..espectacular...me guardas untrocito (que estoy malita y ahor no puedo comer mucho..pero guardame algo..besos

morgana said...

Hala!!!! Qué verde más bonito te ha quedado, me encanta. Bueno, ya sabes que yo ando detrás de él y lo único que he conseguido es un verde fosforito radiactivo de lo más extraño.

Había visto una receta de greenies en el blog "brownie or die" pero llevaba puding de pistachos y aquí no he podido encontrarlo. Los tuyos me gustan más porque no necesito ingredientes extraños.

¡¡ Eres un genio !!

Colloquial Cook said...

Wheyyyyy! They are damn cute!! 'greenies' is also the name of dog treats my dog loves, I think they put marijuana in the mix.

Abeer said...

That is the cutest THING iv ever seen!! a greenie! Soo original! I am totally in awe!

Gloria (Canela) said...

This look really awesome and original!! Like it! Gloria

Brilynn said...

I hope the Greenies catch on, they look great!

Alejandra said...

Gorgeous! I love pistachio. I recently made a beautiful green and chocolate pistachio cake.

Adam said...

Whew, thank goodness that got cleared up... I was sooo confused. I was like wha...?

But then the white chocolate and pistachio's hit... and all was right in the world. I love your ideas.

Oh, and I'm glad brown is still in. I own some brown clothes (I can almost dress myself) :)

Indigo said...

Ooooh, any excuse to eat pistachio brownies; this sounds amazing. I'm completely in the green camp XD.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Hello and thank you! I've been a bit slow lately on anwsering comments because I'm having computer issues... Oh well... Anyway, reading your comments really makes me happy!

gigi said...

Oh my, do I love pistachios! This looked so moist. I really would like to make these some time.

Dee said...

I love! Do you think it would still turn out green without the food colouring?

Lore said...

I'm sold! I love pistachios even more than I love chocolate so this looks like heaven to me. When I first read you title and saw the pic I tought you used matcha but this is so much better, brilliant!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Looks extremely gr8. I like the color.

Natashya said...

Pistachios in greenies, much better than walnuts.
Great idea.
I could just sit in the bog with my greenies and my banjo singing It's Not Easy Being Green and The Rainbow Connection.

Katrina said...

Cute, clever and they look delicious! Now can you come up with a "brownie" for every color? How about pinkies!? :)
Thanks for your comments on my blog. I always know that after a late night post I can look forward to something delightful from you. Starts my day off great! Thanks, Rita.

Reeni said...

These sound amazing! I love white chocolate and pistachios with it sounds divine! YUM!

Zita said...

Reading your post title always makes me smile ;)
Greenie sounds fantastic, I do have this small ideas pocket book too,not only for cooking, but for everythings inspire me :)

Poonam said...

Go Green!!!! That looks incredible. Bookmarked!

Zoe Francois said...

These "Greenies" look so fantastic! I just adore pistachios and rarely think to use them. Thanks for the inspiration!

Robin Sue said...

What a wonderful taste combination. I think green is really the new brown. Great recipe!

Jaime said...

wow, those look so cool! it's funny though b/c the first thing i think of when i hear greenies are the dog treats ;)

Emiline said...

I like it! Good idea. I love pistachios!

Dragon said...

Clever girl!

HoneyB said...

I love the flavor choices! Pistachio & White Chocolate? I think Grumpy would love these!!

Zen Chef said...

Oh my! This is brilliant Rita, you have no idea how much i love pistachios and white chocolate... Did you create this recipe just for me? Awwww..... :-)

Kittynn said...

Hi,

I just made some Greenies. They are fantastic, Thanks so much for your recipe. You can find a picture of the Greenies I made here: http://kittynn.blogspot.com/2008/08/greenies.html

Jude said...

You have the most creative fun posts. Love your blog! Sorry just had to say it in plain terms.

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Hee hee hee. I just can't help giggling at the name GREENIE!

Greenie, yessiree, most definitely. I would love me some greenies.

Y said...

Brilliant idea. Love the name too. Will have to keep this one in mind for future reference!

Kevin said...

Those look so good! I really like the sound of the pistachio and white chocolate combo!

The DeL Sisters said...

My mom would really like these! I'll have to try them sometime!

Pearlsofeast said...

Beautiful and I love this colour.I have bookmarked it gonna make it soon.

Autumn said...

I made these because I would eat anything with a pistachio in it. They were excellent - my mother and grandmother literally beg me to make them all the time. Thanks for a truly delicious and original recipe.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Autumn_ Thanks so much for the feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Shannon Bailey said...

Was the pistachio flavour very evident? I love the intense flavour, debating whether to add pistachio extract as well. What are your thoughts?

Shannon Bailey said...

Was the pistachio flavour really intense? I love the flavour of like french pistachio macarons, Im debating adding pistachio extract.. your thoughts?

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Hi Shannon! Well to tell you the truth most pistachio flavourings that I know taste a bit artificial. If you have it my advice is taste the raw batter and see if you'd think it's necessary. If you don't have pistacion flavouring I wouldn't bother buying it for this. Hope they turn out well!!! Cheers!

Shannon Bailey said...

I made them without the pistachio extract and they were really yummy. I'm kind of a sucker for that pistachio pudding artificial flavour though so I might try it out. I posted pictures of mine on my blog at http://makingamessofyourkitchen.blogspot.ca/ if you wanna check them out! Thanks again for the recipe.