Posts Tagged ‘brownies

27
Oct
12

Bingo and Brownies

I’ve been thinking about my paternal  grandmother lately. She has long been a coffin muffin, but still, memories of her are always with me.  Just yesterday, as I was surfing the web, I ran across this site called Foxy Bingo.  I was drawn to the fox’s snappy suit and wondered where I could get such an outfit.  It would make a good Halloween costume, as I would like to be Prince this year or a disco dude.  Then I started to think about my Grandma Ferguson and how much she loved playing Bingo and slot machines.  I wonder, if she was alive today, would she get into the Internet gambling fun?

Grandma loved to dance.  Folk dancing in particular.  If I recall correctly, she taught us the song called Bingo.  Does anyone else know that song?  “A big black dog sat on the porch, and Bingo was his name.  A big black dog sat on the porch and Bingo was his name.  B.I.N.G.O., B.I.N.G.O., B.I.N.G.O.  and Bingo was his name.”  We used to do some folk dance to that song.  I loved it.  Maybe my grandmother liked that song so much because of her love of playing bingo?  I’ll never know.

Grandma Ferguson was not a cook, as I recall.  She was totally addicted to sugar.  Perhaps that’s one of those things I liked best about her; she always had gum and hard candy in her purse.  There was always Kool Aid in the fridge because she said the tap water was undrinkable (and this was in the 60’s!).   Boxes of brownie and cake mix were always present in the cupboard, as well as a pan of brownies on the counter.  All I can remember eating at Grandma’s were sweets.  And not the homemade variety, I can assure you.

The only home I remember her living in was a converted garage in Lemon Grove, California.  I loved that place!  It was so tiny that you had to turn sideways to get through the bathroom door.  Her friend Thelma, a large woman, would have to go down the street to the gas station if she needed to use the facilities, as she could not fit into Grandma’s toilet.  There was actually an upstairs in that garage where we would find all sorts of treasures that she had pack ratted (as my mother would say) away.  I recall finding a cool violin there and begging my grandma to give it to me.  She wasn’t as soft hearted as I had hoped.

Some of my grandmother’s proclivities certainly run through my veins.  I share her love of thrift store shopping, sweets, sewing and creating and a Peter Pan attitude for life.  My mother was always so annoyed with her mother-in-law.  “She’s like a little kid” my mom would complain.  She was embarrassed to go into thrift stores with her. I remember her telling us that Grandma wanted to go to Girl Scout camp with my cousins, making a big deal about it, like Grandma was crazy.  I believe my grandmother had the right idea.  She was living life the way she wanted to.  She was following her bliss, each and every day.  With every swig of Kool Aid and bite of brownie, she was celebrating life.  And if she were alive today, I know she would grab her bag and go with me to the thrift store in search of that foxy suit.  Bingo!

 

P.S.  After watching this clip on YouTube, I’ve decided to be this fox for Halloween!

 

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24
Aug
09

Turtle Brownies

The magnificent Turtle Brownie
The magnificent Turtle Brownie

 

Back in 1999, I actually took a leap of faith and quit my day job to become a full time baker.  Fresno, California may not have been ready for the name of my business, Naked Baker, but they certainly loved the treats.  My scones were the cornerstone of the original biz, but these Turtle Brownies were a close runner up.  Sweet, chocolately, and extremely sinful, we couldn’t keep them in the pastry case for long.  Perfect for pairing with a cold glass of milk or hot cup of joe.

Brownies

¾ cup sugar

½ cup butter

2 tablespoons water, coffee or liquor (pick only 1 of these liquids)

2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips, divided

1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

 Preheat oven to 350° F.  Grease and parchment line a 12 x 17 inch sheet pan.

 Combine sugar, butter and liquid in large saucepan.  Heat over med heat stirring gently until butter and sugar are melted.  Add 1 cup of bittersweet chips; stir until melted and blended.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. 

Place flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl; stir to combine. 

Beat eggs into the chocolate mixture, 1 at a time, with a mixing spoon.  Add flour mixture and mix well.  Stir in 1 cup bittersweet chips.  Spread evenly into prepared pan.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

Cool completely before frosting.

Use the vanilla frosting recipe from my Elephant Cupcake post.

Spread frosting smoothly and evenly over the entire surface of the brownie.  Sprinkle with toasted pecans.  Drizzle with chocolate syrup. caramel and white chocolate syrup.  You can make your own syrups or do the quicky thing and get them from the store.  Either way you choose, you can’t lose with this one.  Trust me, whoever gets to enjoy this treat will think you are the greatest!

02
Aug
09

Brookies

Thats one pretty Brookie!  I used Cherry Granola Cookie Dough in this batch of Brookies.

That's one pretty Brookie! I used Cherry Granola Cookie Dough in this batch of Brookies.

A random thought popped into my head one day while meditating.  Why not pop cookie dough into a pan of brownies, bake it and see what you get.  Brookies!  Brilliant.

I posted a couple pictures of the Brookies on my Facebook account and have received a few requests for the recipe.  This is a simple straight forward recipe.  Without further ado, I give you the Brookie Recipe.

Brownies

¾ cup sugar

½ cup butter

2 tablespoons water, coffee or liquor (pick only 1 of these liquids)

2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips, divided

1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

 

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Grease 9 inch square baking pan; set aside.

Combine sugar, butter and liquid in large saucepan.  Heat over med heat stirring gently until butter and sugar are melted.  Add 1 cup of bittersweet chips; stir until melted and blended.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Place flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl; stir to combine.

Beat eggs into the chocolate mixture, 1 at a time, with a mixing spoon.  Add flour mixture and mix well.  Stir in 1 cup bittersweet chips.  Spread evenly into prepared pan.

Basic Cookie

½ pound butter

1 cup each sugar and brown sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

 

In bowl of electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time and vanilla.  In another bowl stir together flour, baking soda and salt.  Gradually add to creamed mixture, blending thoroughly.  At this point you can add what ever you choose.  Some suggestions are:

chocolate chips

 granola

 dried fruit (cherries, blueberries, apricots, raisins, dates, etc.)

nuts

 rolled oats

coconut

Have fun and play with your food!

 Whatever your little heart desires!

Using a disher or ice cream scoop, shape cookies and drop on cookie sheet or cutting board.  Press shaped cookie dough into the brownie batter, spacing evenly and allow a small amount of room for expansion.

Bake in preheated oven for approximately 23 -25 minutes.  Do not overbake!

You will have a lot of cookie dough left over.  You can either cut the recipe in half OR do what I do.  I like to always have cookie dough balls in my freezer.  Portion the dough out, place on a foil lined cookie sheet or plate (whatever fits in your freezer) and freeze until the dough is hard.  Place frozen dough balls in freezer bags and store for up to 4 months.  If you have a food saver, even better and will last longer in the freezer.  Thaw dough out on greased, parchment or Silpat lined cookie sheets and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 – 14 minutes, depending on dough ball size and your oven.

You can even split the dough up and add different things to each portion of dough to always have a variety of cookies on hand.  Trust me, people will be impressed if you just whip out several kinds of cookies when they have dropped in on you unexpectedly.

 

Dishers - the large one is 1/4 cup,  the small one is 2 tablespoons

Dishers - the large one is 1/4 cup, the small one is 2 tablespoons

 

Brownie batter with cookie dough pressed in - I used the 1/4 cup disher for the cookie dough

Brownie batter with cookie dough pressed in - I used the 1/4 cup disher for the cookie dough

 

The finished product - I wish there were scratch n sniff screens because this smells heavenly!

The finished product - I wish there were scratch n' sniff screens because this smells heavenly!




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