Welcome to brownie season. The frigid weather accompanied by ongoing hibernation has put me in the mood for rich, chewy, chocolate brownies. That’s right, ’tis the season for brownies with dark, milk and white chocolate.
Since I wasn’t able to find a recipe for a good triple chocolate brownie, I created my own and it turned out great. I even added a bit of Frangelico to make it more grown up. Delicious.
Taking solace in brownies is necessary because my New Year got off to a rough start. On January 1st, I watched the Downton Abbey Season 3 finale (yes, THE season 3 finale). Sitting in the dark whilst transfixed on the story line, I unwittingly chomped into a giant popcorn kernel and broke my tooth – in half.
Let’s just say Cousin Matthew’s estate owes me a large sum of money for ensuing endodontic procedure. I’d like a do-over but right now I’m just thankful for easy to chew brownies.
At the start of the year, I reflected on how this blog began. I would have never guessed at that time how many people around the world I would reach and how many of you I would get to know personally.
In fact, I’ve seen many of you use your own blogs and websites to propel yourselves into book deals, teaching careers, publishing, food start-ups, restaurants, farm ownership and more. From stay-at-home moms to those simply seeking a new way of life, the internet has allowed us to reshape our lives in ways prior generations could only imagine.
As I watch new blogs emerge and discover new friends on Twitter, I can’t wait to see what new success story take shape next.
This is why I’ve been concerned about a recent decision that impacts our ability to use the internet freely. It’s not a partisan issue and it could impact our internet use.
Some of you may be familiar with term ‘net neutrality.’ The courts just ruled against net neutrality but left an opening to bring it back. If your eyes glaze over with boredom when you hear about it you’re not alone. But, it affects everything we see and do on the internet from our ability to be seen in search engine rankings to our ability to spend time on Pinterest.
I’m not going to rattle on about it. If you’re interested this video humorously explains the issue.
In the meantime, try making these sensational brownies. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Update: I’m deeply saddened to learn that Elle Ritchotte of Elle’s New England Kitchen recently and suddenly died. I followed Elle on Twitter and enjoyed reading her blog. She was smart, funny, clever and supportive of so many people. Her death is a great loss to the New England food community and to all whose lives she touched. It’s my understanding that Elle left behind a husband and 4 children. Donations can be made here.
Dear Elle, you will be missed. “Say not in grief she is no more – but live in thankfulness that she was.”
Triple Chocolate Frangelico Brownies
75 g dark chocolate
70 g milk chocolate
2 tbs. butter
1/2 c (100 g) granulated sugar
1/2 c (70 g) dark brown sugar
2 whole eggs, 1 egg yolk
1 tsp frangelico
3/4 c plus 2 tsp (112 g) flour
4 tbs (16 g) cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup white chocolate, finely chopped
Extra butter for greasing the pan
Preheat oven to 350F (180 C). Butter a 7×11 pan and set aside.
Melt dark chocolate, milk chocolate and butter in heat-proof bowl in the microwave. Heat for 1 minute and then stir, allowing the residual heat from the bowl to melt the remaining chocolate. If necessary, heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until chocolate is melted. Do not overheat. Set aside to cool.
Mix flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix sugar and cooled melted chocolate mixture. Add eggs and frangelico and mix until blended. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until blended. Beat on high for 15 seconds. Add white chocolate and blend until just mixed in.
Pour into a buttered pan and bake at 350 F (180c) just until set. A toothpick inserted in the center should still have crumbs on it. Avoid over-baking. For best results, use good quality chocolate and cocoa powder.