I don’t make many cookies in the warmer weather. Oh, I make them, just not as often. The oven heats up the kitchen. I think most cookies are sort of winter food anyway. (Except S’more cookies. . . definitely summer cookies!Plus, I tend to crave more fresh fruit (ie: pies & crisps & cobblers) in the summer. As soon as fall rolls around I want lots of cookies and brownies and heavy cakes more often. Read the rest of this entry
We are exhausted! Tim and I had our first weekend off together in 3 weeks and we spent it walking, getting sunburned, doing yard work, cleaning the garage, etc. Yes, it’s officially summer. I think we skipped spring. And I am pooped already.
Oh and I also took a few minutes to bake on Saturday and it was a disaster. Read the rest of this entry
Last week we celebrated Sweet 16 for my little cousin, L. Cake was in order.
After asking the birthday girl what flavors she preferred I settled on strawberry with a vanilla accent. Strawberry season is upon us so there is no lack of fresh, sweet berries right now. Read the rest of this entry
Happy Tax Day! Hope you are already done with all that nonsense. Celebrate with a cocktail and some roasted spiced almonds. I have a love of most nuts. Almond, Walnut, Pecan, Pine, Macadamia, etc. . (fyi-It is ridiculously difficult to write a post about a recipe like this without sounding filthy! Keep your minds out of the gutter folks and I’ll try my best not to give you too many innuendos!) Read the rest of this entry
This is not difficult to make but I have to warn you it made a mess of my oven! Read the rest of this entry
Some days you need cinnamon rolls. Lots of them. Slathered in icing.
What are you doing for St. Patty’s day? Green beer? Green eggs & ham? Corned beef & cabbage?
I don’t like the flavor of beer, but I do occasionally use it when I cook. And now I use it to bake! Not to worry if you feel similar about beer. . the bulk of the flavor cooks out. It just helps to deepen the flavor of the chocolate and adds a slight malty flavor.
The sun was out while I was baking these. Shocking! Has anyone else notice that there is a hint of spring going on right now? It makes me want fresh spring veggies. Asparagus, spring onions, tender baby greens, etc. These brownies are great but they are rich. I would trade you a brownie for a nice plate of roasted asparagus right now. Once in a while my sweet tooth loses to vegetables. How weird.
I’ve been waiting for spring seasonal veggies to start showing up at reasonable prices in the stores. I splurged on a couple of bunches of asparagus the other day and I can’t wait to eat it! I know it’s still early but I am soooo ready for fresh spring flavors, warmth, sun, bike riding, gardening, open windows, etc. . You know, things that don’t happen while snow clings to the ground.
I’ve gotten ahead of myself wishing for spring. It will most likely snow again before we get any lasting spring weather. The rains of March and April will make it too wet and muddy to bike ride or garden. I have been really missing the bike riding, too. Last summer Tim and I had these great Saturdays & Sundays when we would ride our bikes downtown, have breakfast and then ride back. They were such fun days! I can’t wait for the perfect warm sunny weather to do that again.
Enjoy your St. Patty’s day. I’ll be hosting a waffle and green syrup brunch this year on the 17th. Not the most Irish thing in the world but fun and very customizable. I’ll have some green syrup available plus Irish Whiskey if anyone wants some (me) and that seems Irish enough.
Oatmeal Stout Brownies
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup flour
4 Tbsps butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper. Mix together the oatmeal, flour, melted butter, brown sugar, baking soda & salt. Press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
1 cup of Stout, reduced down to 1/2 cup, cooled
1 10.25oz brownie mix (The small mix, not the family style.)
Pour the Stout into a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until the beer has reduced down by half. It will thicken and get a bit syrupy. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
In a mixing bowl combine the brownie mix, egg and reduced stout. Mix well and pour batter on top of the oatmeal base layer. Put back in oven and bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
4 Tbsps butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsps cocoa powder
3-4 Tbsps milk (or half & half)
pinch of salt
In a mixing bowl beat the butter until light and creamy. Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Beat slowly to incorporate into the butter. Add the salt and add the milk 1 Tbsp at a time until the frosting in creamy and spreadable.
Once the brownies have cooled completely, spread the frosting on top. Add sprinkles or sanding sugar if you like. Cut into 16 bars. Keep in an airtight container.