Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Supernatural Brownies.

Yep. I thought that would get your attention.
 First, I must give credit where credit's due:
Today's brownies are brought to you by Kelly, of Evil Shenanigans.
 Thursday is my dear friend Maxine's birthday
. Every year, I make her a batch of brownies and send them to her.
 Maxine loves her chocolate.
 Every year I make the same batch of brownies,
 from the recipe on the Nestle's box,
 to which I always add some Nestle's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
 over the top while it's still hot right out of the oven
 so they'll melt and you can spread them out evenly
. I wanted to make the brownies today
 and mail them tomorrow since the Postal Service
takes 2 overnights to go the 276 miles to Maxine's house.
 Before I started digging into my recipe box,
and yes, it is a box, to find the particular
color-coded notebook for all my Brownie recipes ........
 All right. I do have a recipe box.
 I do have different colored notebooks
 with somewhat sorted recipes in each notebook
. However, there here is no "coding" involved
. My notebooks would be divided like this:
 Christmas Baking Entrees
Food Network Recipes
 Note, I said, "My notebooks would be divided like this."
But they aren't exactly.
I have piles of recipes paper-clipped together
in some sort of semi-organized chaos.
 I've been wanting to sit down and go through everything
 and properly file them but it's too overwhelming.
 I do have a plan.
 Really I do.
It just hasn't been implemented all the way through
 because I have so many other plans.
 I do what I can do.
But before I started baking my yearly batch of the same brownies,
I happened to browse through the latest posts on the blogs
 I like to read and stopped on Kelly's Evil Shenanigans.
  Ohhh. Look on my puter screen above.
 Holey Moley.
 There was her latest post about brownies.
 And beautiful luscious photographs.
 Of decadent brownies.
Extreme Decadence.
 Maxine, Kelly's brownies had your name written all over them.
 I'm changing the recipe this year.
********Kelly of EvilShenanigans' Recipe*********
 My mise en place:
 3 oz butter
2 oz dark chocolate, at least 62%, chopped
 Sugar 14 oz
 4 oz golden syrup or honey
 3 oz butter
5 oz eggs (about three large)
 .75 oz water
 1 teaspoon instant espresso
 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
5.25 oz cake flour
1 oz dutch processed cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
 3 oz chocolate chips
 I tell you, you gotta love those foodies.
Especially the ones who go to culinary school
 and measure everything by weight.
Not to worry though.
 I asked for and got a digital scale for Christmas so I'm good to go.
My dark chocolate of choice was Cacao Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chips,
 which was pretty much the only chocolate I could find.
 I added 2 oz. of chocolate to 3 oz. of butter
and nuked until melted.
I poured the water onto my teaspoon of ground 8 o'clock Colombian Coffee to dissolve.
Kelly offers cane syrup or honey for this addition and she favors cane syrup.
 But I have no cane syrup.
 Gee, I don't think I could even find cane syrup down here.
 So I went with the honey, in this case,
 not the sourwood honey we covet,
which Mr. Hawthorne gets from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia,
but some Orange Blossom Honey he mail-ordered.
I combined:
3 ounces butter
14 oz. sugar
4 oz. honey
I added in the semi-dissolved ground coffee.
The 3 large eggs got added in next.
 Kelly  said 5 ounces of eggs, approximately 3 large eggs.
 Of course I weighed my 3 eggs.
 They were 5.4 ounces.
I threw caution to the wind and added the extra .4 ounces into my mix.
And I added a teaspoon plus of vanilla just because I love vanilla.
The melted chocolate and butter mixture was stirred into the batter.

Stir to mix completely.
And stir some more. You know I love my action shots.

Sift the cake flour, cocoa, and salt into the mix.
Lastly, add in the chocolate chips.
And pour into a prepared pan.
I sprayed a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick spray,
lined it with parchment paper, and sprayed again, per Kelly's instructions.
I smoothed the batter out evenly
and licked clean every spatula, bowl, and utensil that had any chocolate left on it.
And it's ready to go into a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
 You would not believe what my house smelled like while this was cooking.
I let the cake cool in the pan, then inverted it onto my board.
Here are the ingredients for the icing,
which I also shamelessly stole from Kelly and slightly adjusted:
4 TB butter 1 cup+ confectioner's sugar
 1/4 cup cocoa powder
 3-4 TB milk vanilla
First I creamed the butter and cocoa powder.
Then added in the powdered sugar.
And the vanilla.
And poured in enough milk to ....
... make it look like this.
And I frosted my brownie cake.
And made little swirlies on top.
Now, just scroll on down and check out my brownie pictures.
 And try not to drool on your keyboard.

You can see the little chocolate chips in these pictures.

Kelly, a great big thank you to you.
These were absolutely divine.


Hairball T. Hairball said...

*Drools all over keyboard and then faints from the sight of all that chocolately goodness*

Kathy said...

Huh. Mine are better.

Kathy said...

Mwaahhhhaaaa. The awkward silence ensues.

I love ya Rosie.

Kelly said...

Your brownies look great! :) I am so glad you liked them!!

Kathy said...

Kelly - I know yours are delicious too. I'm just funnin' with Rosie. I hope you know that.

Anonymous said...

My keyboard has saliva all over--I loved every pixil--maybe I need to leave work and go home to meet and joyfully welcome the UPS truck! Can't wait--Thanks Rosie! Maxine

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Nothing like chocolate to bring people together.

Judy said...

Those are some mean-looking brownies. I love dark chocolate in baked goods. I am just going to have to make these.

Kelly said...

Kathy - Not to worry, I am not offended in the least ... either way! I'm cool that way. ;)

Donna-FFW said...

Yes, you have me drooling like the rest of them.. These look amazing and absolutely delicious! Love the frosting.