Good morning, sort of. The day is creeping into the afternoon and I can’t say I’ve been awake for all that long. The Australian Open started Sunday night, and that means staying up all hours just to watch some good tennis. Right now I’m finishing up the Hewitt-Seppi match that I DVR’d (PVR’d for the Canadians). I won’t tell you what happened if you won’t tell me what happened. People who ruin matches that you’re waiting to watch are the worst, followed close behind by ESPN’s tennis programming. They tend to focus heavily on the Americans even when they’re not playing the best matches. But anyway, I’m guessing no one really wants to hear me rant about ESPN. That could go on for days, and for the most part, I was happy with the match coverage last night, especially since my favorite chairperson was in the chair for the Hewitt-Seppi match. I adore Pascal Maria. He seems to elevate any match he’s a part of, including this one.
I’ve been pretty good lately about not baking too much, but last night I had to give in. Monday I threw out my shoulder pretty badly at the gym by throwing a medicine ball that was too light. I was getting sharp twingy pains in my left shoulderblade whenever I moved, or even sneezed, or breathed heavily. Not so fun. By last night, that was all pretty much gone (thank God), but it was an interesting day nonetheless. I’ve been looking at my options after graduation, and it really just sucks when the people you want to be supportive of you just aren’t. I thought I had a pretty good plan worked out, and then one important person in my life compared moving out of the country to accidentally working for the Taliban. So it’s been a wee bit stressful, and naturally I’m less enthusiastic about my original plan. I’m not trying to alienate any family or friends by pursuing my passions, I just have to do what I think is right for me. Also I’ve been trying to figure out if I have time in my schedule to add an extra class for fun, which I’m absolutely torn about. In any case, brownies were in order.
My standard brownie recipe is the Nestle Toll House recipe that my aunt always makes, but this time I switched it up, mostly because the baking chocolate was on sale and cocoa powder wasn’t. The brownies I made last night with the baking chocolate are divine. My standard Toll House brownies seemed a little bit easier, maybe because I’m more familiar with the recipe, but the ones I made last night were cakey and crunchy, and even had the nice flakey top that usually only come from brownies in a mix. I topped them with some Haagen Dazs vanilla. It was a very yummy way to end my day, to say the least.
Here is the recipe. Let me know if you end up making them. I think you’ll be glad you did!
- 4 ounces Baker’s unsweetened chocolate, chopped.
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup chopped toasted pecans (I left these out)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Melt chocolate and butter for about 2 minutes on high in microwave, until butter is melted. (Mine took about 90 seconds)
- Stir until chocolate is melted.
- Add sugar, mix well.
- Add eggs and vanilla.
- Stir in flour (and nuts).
- Spread into 13×9 inch pan (I think I used 8×8)
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. Test center with a toothpick (I baked it for about 40 minutes, stuck a fork in that came back mostly clean)
So good so good so good! The fact that I’m not having brownies for breakfast is a testament to my willpower. Or I may just have some to motivate myself to go for a run. We shall see! Have a good day everyone! Enjoy some brownies or some tennis later. Maybe both 🙂