Hello to all meeting across the blog-o-sphere! Virtually closing the gap in social distancing has lead to creative solutions that make me happy to see the results. My friend Alan and I have kept in touch and here’s a simultaneous share from us to you.
Taking a break from trying to figure out how to delete things out of icloud…I was thinking about making brownies and had a bowl out, some butter and my standard quick and easy recipe. (t’e heck with my cholesterol!), when my phone chirped.
Alan was calling me from a park near his home where he was taking a walk in the sunshine in 70 degree weather in Fairview Oregon. While he walked Alan ran a commentary about what he was seeing.
A: “Uh oh. There’s some False hellebore.”
C: “What’s that?” I reply.
A: “False Hellebore is a poisonous plant and toxic even to the touch. I’d better let city hall know about the hellebore with all the kids who come to the park, they need to get rid of it.”
C: “Send me a photo”. Alan obliged.
Alan’s walk continues and I keeping mixing and measuring ingredients as he narrates.
A: “Oh there’s a flowering tree that only has a few flowers. There’s not much left of it. I don’t know what it is.”
C: “Send me a picture.” while I’m blending ingredients.
“It looks like an apple blossom tree.” I say.
“Oh! There a baby Garter Snake! Alan’s excitement is catchy.”
C: “Ooo send me a picture!”
As Alan walks, I finish making the brownies. Alan is waxing eloquent about how beautiful the weather is and about another toxic plant. My brownies go into the oven.
I send him a picture.
C: Just out of the oven
A: Oh, God! That makes me so hungry!!!!!
A: Send recipe please!
This brownie recipe is an experiment. Of course, but this time I paid attention to my variations on a theme i.e. measurements that I added to the brownie recipe. I used cocoa and baking chocolate. It made a cake-like yet chewy brownie. It’s great with a glass of milk or cuppa coffee. Add whipped cream or ice cream for a dessert and serve.
My main criteria for baking is a recipe that is easy to make.
Brownie Recipe Additions:
- I used 1 cup of flour instead of 3/4 cup
- Added 1 tsp of baking powder to the dry ingredients.
- To this recipe I added 2 squares of Trader Joe’s unsweetened baking chocolate
- 3 tablespoons of coconut
Measure and sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a bowl.
Change this to: Melt the 1/2 cup butter and unsweetened chocolate together over very low heat. Usually done in a double boiler. But I have this very small copper bottom pan that I have used to melt butter… do what you think works best.
Pour the melted butter and chocolate into a bowl and let cool a little then add the two eggs and mix in vanilla.
Pour the sugar, butter and melted chocolate & vanilla mix into the mixed dry ingredients.
Sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of coconut into the mix. (No nuts.) Stir gently together until all the flour incorporates. Spread in an oiled pan.
Alan and I shared two worlds – his nature walk and me baking! It was great fun for me. Technology is a good thing when it keeps us together.
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.
Have a peaceful rest of the week.
False Hellebore Link to a USDA poisonous plant database. Very informative.