4 posts tagged chocolate frosting
Enjoying a brownie sundae on Tuesday
Keeping true to the quest of using what we have in the kitchen, the chocolate buttercream frosting that was tempting me every time I opened the refrigerator door finally got the better of me, so I put it to good use. I baked my easiest, fudgy brownie recipe and generously spread them with the creamy frosting. Thank goodness most of them went to work with our daughter, or else I my waistline would have been jeopardized. What I saved was cut into small pieces and dropped over vanilla bean ice cream and then drizzled with chocolate syrup. A fast walk is definitely in order today.
You probably have everything you need for these brownies on hand. Seriously consider frosting them with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting.
Fudge brownies (this one’s for you, Emily)
- 1/2 cup butter (2 sticks)
- (2) 1 ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or coat with cooking spray an 8x8-inch aluminum baking dish.
Over low heat, melt the butter and chocolate together in a medium-size saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir in the sugar. Mix in the eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and salt. Stir in flour and nuts and spread batter into prepared baking dish. Lick bowl of yummy batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until done, being careful not to over-bake. (Brownies will begin to pull away from the sides when done.) Frost when thoroughly cool.
A Portland ritual – Voodoo Doughnuts
Yesterday the spirits called us over to Voodoo Doughnuts in NE Portland. If you’ve ever heard Portland’s motto, “Keep Portland Weird”, Voodoo Doughnuts is doing its best to stay true to the local climate. People are willing to wait in lines long enough to wrap around the block for the hand-made, unique, and famous doughnuts, which the small company says, “come in all shapes and sizes and are full of surprises”.
The three we settled on were the “Voodoo Doll” with a raspberry jelly filling and a pretzel stake, a bacon maple bar, and a French crueller with chocolate icing.
Open 24/7, Voodoo Doughnuts is a must-see if you’re ever in Portland, Oregon.
I’ve been doing so much cooking lately I sort of needed a break. I spread homemade chocolate frosting on some saltines, and peanut butter on a few others. These little cracker sandwiches should last me throughout the day.
This is such a nostalgia hit for me. When I was growing up, if there was still frosting to spare after the beaters and bowl were licked clean and the cake got its share, we would enjoy it later spread on a saltine cracker. The creamy sweetness of the frosting combined with the crunchy saltiness of the cracker was the only reason we needed to love it. However I think the real mother of this invention was the affordability of Saltine crackers.
My mother enjoyed this as a child, too, and my daughters grew up with the same tradition.
Chocolate buttercream’s pretty hard to beat, but here’s another fabulous recipe for chocolate frosting:
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
- 3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
- 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Cool several minutes. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Add chocolate mixture and beat until smooth. Frost cooled cake.