That’s how good they are
After putting Angel Baby to bed last night, I came downstairs to this beautiful display in my kitchen:
The BHE really wanted me to make my Bitchin’ Brownies. He got out my recipe card, grabbed all the ingredients plus my bowls and spoons, and was waiting with a grin for me to get to work.
A new twist
I did two things differently this time than I had ever tried before. Just know that all of my ingredients are organic and my eggs come from happy, healthy, well-treated, vegetarian-fed chickens.
First, I used refined coconut oil rather than butter. Sorry, Paula. I love butter, don’t get me wrong, but I bake enough that a healthier alternative is necessary.
Second, I iced this batch. I’ll get to my icing later, but just know it took these brownies from “bitching” to “foodgasmic.”
350°; 9×13, greased
Melt 1/2 cup of butter (or substitute, like coconut oil) in medium-sized bowl. Now add in this order, mixing between each ingredient:
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate morsels (optional)
When all mixed, pour into greased pan and bake for 30 minutes. Let them cool or practice reverse blowing. If you’re going to ice these puppies, let cool.
Fan-freaking-nominal! I mean, we were so ready to inhale this batch that photos of the end result didn’t happen.* I guess I’ll have to make another batch…
Note: These are not tall and fluffy, cake-like brownies. They’re less than an inch thick and gooey.
Ice, ice, baby
This was my first go at homemade icing. I found the recipe in Little and Torres’s book The Paleo Effect.**
I did alter it a little as I’m terrible at following instructions and always think I know best. I prefer to think I improve on recipes. Meghan and Angel may disagree. Plus, I’m not really sure it is considered “paleo” after what I did to it.
Ok, their recipe
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup cocoa powder
4 Tbsp coconut milk
A pinch of salt
I didn’t have enough honey and I like sweeeeets so it was more like 1/6 cup honey and 1/4 cup agave nectar.
I had sweetened almond milk rather than coconut milk. Whatev.
I skipped the pinch of salt because I added two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter. I also wanted the coconut oil so it would not only be smooth but help me stir in the pb more evenly.
Ta-dah! Wannabe Paleo PB Chocoate Icing!
Using their measurements but adding the 2 T of pb gave me enough to ice two batches of brownies. Be careful you don’t eat all the icing while you’re waiting for the brownies to cool… But don’t try to apply awesomeness to the brownies before they cool because the icing will sorta melt in and be absorbed by them.
Now, tell me: How does your mouth feel?
* Ok, I went back to my kitchen, got creative, and took an “end result” photo of what was left of the batch. Pretty enough for a blog?
**Check out the blog by the same name: Paleo Effect. A very helpful resource with great recipes. At the very least, read the introductory information.