In Season 3, Episode 8, TOW the Giant Poking Device, we find out when Phoebe tries to eat one of Rachel’s homemade brownies that Phoebe needs to go to the dentist — but she’s afraid to because she’s convinced that every time she's in the dentist’s chair, someone she loves dies. She flosses to save lives!
Phoebe makes it through her dentist appointment, calls everyone she knows to confirm that they’re alive, and just when she thinks the curse is broken, Joey notices that Ugly Naked Guy looks … awfully still. Phoebe is worried her curse has struck again, and that Ugly Naked Guy is dead. So Joey suggests poking him!
They fashion a large poking device out of chopsticks they’ve collected over their myriad nights of Chinese takeout. They poke Ugly Naked Guy with it, and hooray — he’s alive!
So this week, in lieu of a signature cocktail, we’ve got a signature dessert: Poke Brownies!
We didn’t make the brownies from scratch — frankly, we were too busy to — so instead we used a box mix. After pulling the brownies out of the oven, we used a chopstick (naturally) to poke holes in the brownies, then doused it with liquor! We went for a nutty-raspberry flavor with Chambord, Disaronno, and Frangelico, but you can use your own combination if other flavors are calling to you.
Whatever you use, these brownies are guaranteed to take the sting out of whatever curse is plaguing you, dentistry-related or otherwise!
9x9 tray of prepared brownies
2 ounces Disaronno
1 ounce Chambord
1 ounce Frangelico
Using a chopstick (or other poking device), poke holes in the prepared brownies, about 1/2-inch apart from one another. Combine the liquors in a dish or bowl, then pour over the brownies, distributing evenly. Let it soak in for at least 30 minutes.
Note: Elizabeth poked-and-soaked right after the brownies came out of the oven, and her finished product came out very moist — just enough to stay together. She recommends eating your brownies with a fork if you do it this way. Heather let her brownies cool for 30 minutes before she poked-and-soaked, and hers