My mom and my neighbor were not the only people who decided to employ my baking skills during my stint at home over break. My sister, who also works at a school, requested some goodies for the students she spends her days with. While I questioned her wanting to give school children sugar in the middle of the day, it didn't stop me from finding the perfect treat for the kinder : brownies.
But these grade schoolers were getting more than your (kinder)garden variety chocolate treat.
Dulce de leche brownies by David Lebovitz are far from elementary, am I right?
Before & after their 45 minutes of oventime
One night before I went up to bed, I made sure there was plenty of water in our slow cooker to cover the SCM. My parents wouldn't enjoy coming downstairs to a kitchen covered in caramel before they headed off to work in the morning... That is, if the loud BOOM didn't wake them up in the middle of the night in the first place.
So? There was no boom. I came downstairs the next morning and took the can out of crock pot, let it cool, and then scooped out thick, dark dulce de leche.
I almost ate the entire batch right there... but then, of course, I thought of the children. And I got started on the brownies.
Pre- and post- swirling....
My sister said the kids went crazy for these. It remains unclear if she was referring to how much they liked the brownies or how strong the sugar rush hit...