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Fudgy Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies – Best Blogger Brownie/Bar Reader’s Choice Winner

1 Comment | Written on January 28, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

We have another great recipe to share and awesome blogger to showcase!  This recipe from Vanessa Ochotorena of Sweet-Lab was the Reader’s Choice winner in our Best Blogger Brownie/Bar Recipe contest.   The sweet-salty combination in these divine “Fudgy Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies” obviously captured your attention!

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Fudgy brownies are topped with a glistening ganache, then drizzled with a homemade caramel sauce.  A dash of sea salt and a pretzel garnish finishes off these decadent treats!

Follow this link for the recipe –>  http://cookie.betterrecipes.com/fudgy-salted-caramel-pretzel-brownies.html

What made you decide to enter the BetterRecipes.com “Best Blogger Ever” contest?

I decided to enter the “Best Blogger Ever” contest because the category was for brownies and bars and I had developed a brownie recipe shortly before I learned about the contest that was fairly popular among my friends and family. I thought, “why not? I have nothing to lose!”

How did you come up with your winning recipe?

I came with the recipe for Fudgy Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies from a craving episode. One day I was in a deep craving for brownies so I wrote a recipe for it using an old ratio I found. I then asked me myself how the flavor and quality of the brownie could be elevated. I decided to cover it in a layer of dark chocolate ganache, drizzle it with caramel sauce, and sprinkle it with sea salt and pretzels. It has a powerful boost of flavors and textures.

Why do you think this recipe won the “Reader’s Choice” award? Did you do anything special to share or promote your recipe and encourage votes?

I ‘d like to think that my recipe won the “Reader’s Choice” award because readers saw potential and something special and unique about it. I also promoted it in social media, which I’m sure helped a great deal.

Do you have any recipe development or photography tips to share with our readers?

In terms of recipe development, I would recommend to write notes down during the process so that you don’t forget when you’ve made a change to a specific ingredient or procedure. I also recommend to be adventurous when thinking of ideas and to not hold back in the brainstorming process; to always ask yourself, “how can i make this even better and make it taste even more amazing?” and then find ways to make it happen. I also recommend reading books and blogs in order to learn from people that you respect and admire in the field. Learning basic culinary ratios also helped me feel more comfortable and confident when writing recipes.

There’s a lot to be said about food photography, but a few quick tips would be to always use natural light that is diffused and to pay importance to the propping and setting of a photograph. What you decide to include in your picture is just important as the food itself.

Would you encourage other bloggers to enter recipe contests?

Sure. There’s always the possibility of winning and you have nothing to lose!

When did you start the blog?

I started the blog 2 1/2 years ago.

Why did you start writing a food blog? What motivates you to write and create new recipes for your audience?

I decided to start writing a food blog because I felt the need to express myself creatively and the best way I know how to do that is through pastry, writing, and photography–all skills that are put to use in a food blog. What motivates me to keep writing and creating new recipes is the positive feedback from my friends, but mainly the self-fullment that I get by being able to be creative and have complete control and freedom while doing so. My blog has become my hobby and passion.

Do you focus on a particular angle or subject matter?

Homemade desserts. I’m not too picky…as long as they’re delicious and made with natural ingredients.

Do you have any tips for readers interested in starting their own blog?

Be patient and keep at it. Food blogging can be a fun hobby but if you’re interested in making it more than that you must know that food blogging is a very competitive field so it takes a lot to stand out. Being active in social media and attending conferences can also help achieve readership, but if your content is not good then the other factors don’t matter much. As of now my blog is a hobby, but I know of bloggers who have made it their main source of income. I’m happy being somewhere in the middle of the spectrum and luckily that’s where I currently am. I would say that it also helps to be realistic and be truthful with yourself. If think that something is not good, then just try to make it better next time and to keep growing.

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