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Pampered Chef: Tuxedo Brownie Cups questions

  1. kam

    kam Legacy Member Staff Member

    I have never made these and want to make these for a get-together. I have some questions for those that have made these:

    1. Can they be made ahead? Can I make the brownie cups and the filling the night before and keep them separate and just fill them the night before, or does the filling not hold up overnight in a container??

    2. Can I use the brownie part of the Truffle Brownie Cups instead of the brownie part of these? Or is there a big difference in taste? (I know the Truffle one makes half as many as this one.)

    3. Any suggestions on other toppings besides Strawberries? I am looking for something other than fruit. I cannot depend on my store to not have moldy strawberries when I need them. :(

    May 4, 2009
  2. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    Make the brownie part ahead...but not the filling! It not only holds up well, but it also gets really solid. No way to push it through the EAD once it's been in the fridge.

    You can also completely make them ahead, and refrigerate them, but it's hard to get any garnishing to stick, because the filling gets solid. I've tried it, and the problem with garnishing them ahead is that if you use sprinkles or chocolate, or even strawberries, it tends to bleed into the filling, and doesn't look as pretty.
    May 4, 2009
  3. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

    what Becky said :)
  4. AnnieBee

    AnnieBee Veteran Member Gold Member

    I just made the filling for this to see how I liked it, and I think that if you took it out of the fridge a little in advance and used a spoon or whisk to fluff it up it would be fine. I spooned mine straight out of the fridge, and it didn't seem too hard, I would have guessed that it would work in the EAD just fine. I used light cream cheese, don't know if that would make a difference.

    I liked the filling, but not so much for on a brownie. I made the truffle cups instead, and tried some of this filling on some of them. I MUCH prefer the ganache. Although my cups were a little on the hard side which didn't help - I must have over baked them as I don't normally have that problem, I make these alot!

    I think the tuxedo filling would be awesome on top of little raspberry tarts (use pastry circles in the MMP like for the quiches or caramel apple tarts, then spoon in some raspberry jam, or strawberry and bake). Then top with the tuxedo topping once cold. We also loved this spread on graham crackers - kind of like a mini handheld cheesecake!
    May 4, 2009
  5. kam

    kam Legacy Member Staff Member

    Thanks! I am so glad I asked. I probably would have made the filling ahead and FREAKED if it got too hard to put in the EAD. I won't get home until 5:15 and have to have erything ready by 7, so I don't think I will risk making the filling ahead and trying to give it time to soften, etc.

    The filling shouldn't be too hard that maybe I can whip it together quick.

    I don't have good luck with the filling for the Truffle Brownie cups - so I wasn't even going to deal with it. But in case I decide to try, can the Truffle Brownie cups be made the night before, filled and kept in the fridge?

    I am looking for a dessert I can make ahead of time, that is bite size (no plates or utensils needed). Last year I made the Pecan Tassies and Profiteroles, so I was trying to find something else. Any suggestions?
    May 4, 2009
  6. ChefPaulaB

    ChefPaulaB Veteran Member

    I wouldn't put the truffle brownie cups in the fridge, the first time I made them, I put them on one of the chillzannes (thinking they should be kept cool) and they got really hard... they are fine to leave out, they don't go bad.
    I would totally recommend that you make the Lemon Tartlets, they are so good and everyone loves them and they are springy-like. I just made up a couple batches and put in the freezer to take to a bake sale next week. Also the Cookie Kisses are really good and easy, the choc chip cookie dough with a kiss in it... but I would recommend the Lemon Tartlets, they're the best!
    May 4, 2009
  7. JaimeAnnR

    JaimeAnnR Member

    in my experience the truffle brownie cups are BETTER if you make them the night before. ganache takes awhile to set up and they are quite messy if the ganache is too runny (also try using less cream than the recipe calls for)

    the truffle brownies are actually the reason i signed up with chef success! i was in the middle of making it and could not figure out why they weren't working the way the recipe said they would, and remembered that i had heard from one of the directors in my cluster about it, so then i came and signed up! i'm so glad i did! :)
    May 6, 2009
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