The minnow would be lost…

March 9th, 2010

…I’ve been singing this all day… not quite sure why, perhaps it is the state of my brain… Tuesdays are always really long days… well, frankly, all my days have been long as of late but in a good way… good things are happening… some of which I hope to share soon… the excitement has put me in a bit of silly and hyper mood… haha!

Today, I give you these Agave Brownies.  I made these a while ago during one of Juan’s visits. I threw everything together, while he ran down to the corner to buy the eggs. I only had half the amount of Agave so I substituted honey for the other half. We liked them. They are more cakey, which makes them perfect with a glass of milk. However, I was not blown away and would not make them again.

Making me happy…

January 23rd, 2010

Ever since school started, I have continued baking and cooking (I know it has only been two weeks but trust me…it’s already crazy!)… I remembered over break how much it relaxes and calms me… So, my goal this semester is to not let school get in the way of some culinary adventures… of course, as I spent 2 hours stirring cajeta on the stove last night… I may have slightly regretted this goal… but more on that to come…

In keeping with my brownie obsession… I recently made Black Bean Brownies… Juan teased me about these for awhile but I had to give them a try… I was really hoping to prove him wrong… the initial taste is really good but the texture of the black beans just didn’t do it for me… I halved the recipe and baked in my new 8X8 pan (Thank you Grandparents!)… I did not use the walnuts and used about a tablespoon of coffee instead of the instant coffee.  I won’t make them again but I’m glad I gave them a chance!

Happy Second Blog Birthday!

January 21st, 2010

Happy Birthday to my blog!  Can you imagine?  Two years ago, I came home, made brownies and began this blog.  Thank you for continuing to read it!  This is the brownie recipe from my mother’s family.  They are cakeier and great with a chocolate buttercream.  Delicious!

(My Mom’s Family Recipe)
1 stick butter
3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Melt butter and cocoa in a saucepan. Remove from heat.
2. Mix in sugar and eggs.
3. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder.
4. Stir in vanilla.
5. Pour into a greased and flour 8 in. square pan for 25 to 30 minutes at 350.