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October 13, 2008

Proper Brownies

Filed under: Dessert, Snacks — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 3:05 am

In my house cake, muffins, and brownies all had distinctly different textures.  I notice this difference disappearing in most commercial bakeries.  Try a proper brownie, they really are an entirely different food than just small pieces of chocolate cake!

Recipe for a 13×9 (in.) cake pan:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a baking pan lined with foil.

Melt in a small saucepan:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate

Let cool.

Beat until light in color and foamy in texture:
4 large eggs
1/4 tsp salt

Gradually add and continue beating until thick:
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

With a few swift strokes, stir in the cooled chocolate mixture just until comvines.  Even if you are using an electric mixer, switch to a wooden spoon for this.  Stir until just combined:
1 cup all-purpose flour

Gently stir in, if desired:
1 cup chopped nuts (or other goodies)

Scape batter into the prepared pan.  Bake about 25 minutes.  Cool completely in the pan on a rack.

-From “The Joy of Cooking”



Mom’s Easy Chicken in Vodka Sauce

Filed under: Dinner, Quick cook — Tags: , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 2:55 am

My mom made this for me when I came to visit for a weekend; it tastes like you spent hours slaving over it, but only takes about 15 minutes to make!

2 chicken breasts (Mom cuts them in half width-wise to make them cook faster)
flour to coat chicken
a pat of butter
2 tomatoes, cubed
a splash of vodka
a splash of cream

Lightly flour the chicken, and pan fry it in the butter.  If you cut the chicken breasts in half, this will only take about 2 minutes on each side.  When the chicken is cooked, remove it and turn off the heat.  Deglaze the pan with the vodka.  Turn the heat back on, and add the tomatoes.  Now add a splash of cream, and pour the vodka-tomato-cream mixture over the chicken breasts.  Ta-da!  That’s it!


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