Dreamy sweet treat


July 27, 2005|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Martha Cukor of Baltimore was looking for a recipe for an item she called "French Froggies." She described them as "denser than a brownie, but not quite fudge."

Jeannette Shoemaker of Frederick sent in her own recipe for French Froggies that she has been using for many years, always to great acclaim.

These are a chocolate lover's dream - a cross between a brownie and fudge. They are sinfully rich but super delicious. My advice: Cut the squares small; a little goes a long way with this decadent dessert. Also, I would recommend keeping them in the refrigerator before serving.

French Froggies

Makes sixty 1-inch squares

1 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons

1/3 cup strong coffee

4 large eggs, room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup flour

2 cups walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan with 2 layers of aluminum foil, leaving "ears" on all sides. Butter the sides and bottom of foil. Melt chocolate over hot water in double boiler, add butter and coffee. Stir until smooth. Cool.

In a large mixer bowl, beat eggs until foamy. Gradually add sugar and beat well. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in chocolate mixture until blended. Stir in flour, then add walnuts. Pour into pan.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes (doesn't have to pass the toothpick test). Cover pan with foil. Refrigerate at least 6 hours. Remove top foil. Run knife around edges. Invert and peel off foil. Cut into squares with wet knife.

Per serving: 117 calories; 2 grams protein; 9 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 10 grams carbohydrate; 1 gram fiber; 22 milligrams cholesterol; 5 milligrams sodium

Recipe requests

Phyllis Klotz from Waldport, Ore., would like some help finding a recipe for dumplings called "Galumpkis," made with cottage cheese and eggs. She thinks the dish is Lithuanian or Polish in origin.

Patricia Stone of Kelso, Wash., has been trying for years to find what she thinks is a Scottish recipe for Raisin Squares.

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request for a recipe, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, put each on a separate piece of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Names must accompany recipes to be published. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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