Saturday, February 7, 2009
Valentine's Day Brownies
When I'm stressed and overworked, I bake.
And since I wanted to test a few recipes for Valentine's Day, I decided to pull a "sickie" and play in the kitchen.
To prevent further stress, I used a mix...but not just any mix: Ghirardelli Ultimate Fudge brownie mix. My friend Allison told me about this mix--it's sublime.
The camera didn't quite capture the vivid color of the yolk.
I didn't pull out my Kitchen Aid--I added the ingredients and stirred vigorously ("40 beats") & called it a day. To my way of thinking, this was my aerobic workout.
44 minutes later, the brownies were ready. I didn't let them cool.
Everyone ate a brownie...except me. (Not because I have superhuman willpower...just high cholesterol...and I'm trying to avoid Lipitor :-) )
But the chocolate was sensual and beguiling. The brownies were moist, with a deep, complex flavor.The little raspberries reminded me of hearts.
Somehow I took pictures and didn't eat a crumb. Dr. G and Bandwith were more than willing to save me from eating carbs. This is one dessert that disappears before my willpower cracks.
The mix had a packet of chocolate, which made it even more decadent.
Ghirardelli Ultimate Fudge Brownie Mix
1/4 c water
1/3 vegetable oil
8 X 8 pan