I should probably tell you a few things before I begin my post so that I do not leave you entirely and completely confused and confuzzled. So here it goes.
Thing One (and not the little dude with blue hair from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat): there was a hurricane last weekend and her name was Irene.
Thing Two: Thanks to lovely Miss/Mrs Hurricane Irene (if she got married I wouldn’t know because I was not invited to the wedding) my power was out for two-ish days.
Thing Three: In order to occupy myself I wrote a LOT of blog posts, ten to be exact. But, since the power was out I wrote them with this weird thing called a pen on some strange substance known as ‘paper’. Sooooo 2003. Anyways one of those blog posts I wrote with dinosaur age tools is the post that I bring to you now and as such the beginning of the post refers to some events that occurred last week.
Thing Four: Now that you are all caught up to date, I will begin with my actual post. 🙂
HEY THERE IRENE!!
What a glorious day! Hurricane Irene is passing through, rain is pelting our windows, the trees seem to think that they are more flexible than my dance teacher, and they also seem to be balding. On top of that the thunder is sending my dog over the edge while the lightning creates a very nice ambiance. Also… we have no power (I think my brother is going through withdrawal). The upside to having no power? Well, everyone is home and chillin’, playing board games, reading, chatting (actually it’s just my little brother rambling on to no end, SAVE ME FROM HIS CHATTER!! PLEASE!). My dog is on my lap all cute like, and I have a steaming mug of tea next to me. Alright you caught me, I lied, the tea is lukewarm, but “lukewarm tea” does not create as cozy a picture as “steaming hot tea” so I may have over-exaggerated the temperature by 20 or so degrees. Anyways, if the tea truly were steaming hot, then the only thing missing from the picture would be brownies baking away in the oven filling the house with a warm chocolate-y smell that would have the entire family drooling. But there is no power and so no oven and so no brownies and so no drooling (although no drooling may not be a bad thing). So since I cannot make a pan of warm fudgy brownies I hope that your oven is working so that you can use this flabbergastingly superb brownie recipe. It is my new favorite brownie recipe (but that does seem to change a lot).
10 tbsp. butter
3 and 1/2 ounces unsweetened bakers chocolate (it comes in a box in the bakers aisle by the coco powder and chocolate chips-or at least in my local Price Chopper it is)
3 and 1/2 ounces semi sweet bakers chocolate
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
2-3 tsp. vanilla (BE BRAVE MY FRIEND)
A pinch of salt (for those of you who do not like the term ‘pinch’ it translates to 1/8 tsp.)
6 tbsp. plain yogurt
1 egg yolk
2/3 cup whole grain oat flour
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (they melt while the brownies are cooking so that you have little pockets of chocolate heaven)
And now all you have left is ten super easy steps to SUCCESS:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
2. Grease a small pan (you choose how big or small is small)
3. Simmer water in the bottom pan of a double broiler. If you don’t have a double broiler (like me) you can bring the water to a simmer in a sauce pan and then place a small metal bowl over the sauce pan. In the top bowl melt your butter and two types of baker’s chocolate.
4. Turn off the heat and let the chocolate cool for a couple of minutes.
5. Whisk in your sugar, honey, vanilla, yogurt, and egg yolk.
6. Stir in the oat flour (this is an easy gluten free recipe if you buy gluten free oat flour from Bob’s Red Mill).
7. ADD THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS
8. Beat the batter with your whisk for thirty seconds.
9. Try not to eat all of the batter before you can bake the brownies for 30-45 minutes.
10. Now sit down with one of these chocolate loaded beauties, grab a mug of hot tea or <shudder> coffee, a nice cuddly pet, and a good book (I recommend Wake, Ella Enchanted, Goose Girl, and Graceling).
Peace, love, save the whales, live, laugh, love, bake,
Marley and Tea