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Ultimate Fudge Brownies (pt 1)

I want to introduce you to my ultimate fudge brownie recipe…

Soon. (Don’t hate me! I can explain.)

Tonight I’ve done it with a twist.

I’m always experimenting with ways to simplify life without robbing myself of the rich rewards of a worthwhile labor. It’s not that brownies are labor intensive by any standard, but when you’ve got many little ones who pull your attention in multiple directions, it is best to plan ahead in order to keep your domestic crown perfectly in place no matter when or how you are needed.

Tomorrow is the night I will actually need to bake the brownies, because my daughter wants to bring them to school on Thursday morning; but I wanted to get the mess out of the way so we had little to worry about tomorrow. Because of that, I’m experimenting tonight: dry brownie mix two ways…

Dry mix #1 has an exciting (to me) ingredient in it: powdered butter. Now, don’t turn your nose up at it just yet. Let’s look at the benefits. For starters, if you buy a box brownie mix at the grocery store, it will ask for crap oil which, in my opinion, has no place in a GOOD brownie. (Just don’t lower yourself to that standard, I beg you.) Second, this has enabled me to create a nearly fool proof solution to the lofty goal of buttery, chocolatey brownie instant gratification. Just add eggs, water, and mix. Similar to the box crap on grocery store shelves, no? (No! Better!)

Yes, this is entirely the reason for making the dry mix two ways tonight. Tomorrow night I want to do a side-by-side comparison and decide for myself if this is as good as the product claims. If it is, which is what I hope, then can you imagine how many batches of delicious brownie mix I will be making?! Ahem… purely for simplifying my life as needed, of course. No midnight episodes of chocoholic instant gratification here! (Hah. Believe what you want. I confess, you’re most likely half right.)

So… that leads me to Dry Mix #2. It will contain the regular amount of melted butter as usual. I have no doubt that these will be as decadent and sinful as usual. It’s a wonder I haven’t gone down the dry mix road before now, isn’t it? I cannot wait to report back to you how it goes. Who knows what other avenues it will enable us to explore in the near future?

Stay tuned for an update in the coming days.

Baking · Cakes · Special Occasions

Grain Free Chocolate Macaroon Cake

Grain Free Chocolate Macaroon Cake

My mother has determined that a grain free lifestyle is easiest for her to maintain in order to feel comfortable and healthy in her life. Having birthdays and special occasions doesn’t always make that the easiest, but it is doable. For her birthday I took a traditional chocolate cake recipe and made a few changes. (I can also add that with only a couple other adjustments you could turn this into a dairy free or sugar free cake, too.) I’m happy to say that this was one of the most decadent and pleasing cakes I’ve tasted in a very long time. It’s a definite keeper in my book. Here’s the recipe:

Grain Free Chocolate Macaroon Cake
Cake:
1 ½ c. coconut flour
¾ c. coconut sugar
¾ c. raw sugar
1 c. finely shredded coconut
1 c. cocoa powder
1 c. butter, softened
1 T. vanilla
3 eggs
3 t. baking soda
1 c. coconut milk
1 c. water

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray two 8” round cake pans and line with parchment.
Cream together butter and sugars, add eggs, vanilla, gradually coconut milk, and water.
Carefully add baking soda, cocoa powder, coconut flour, and shredded coconut. Mix well.
Divide between the two cake pans and bake for 30 minutes. Edges of the cake will pull away from the pan slightly and when tapping the center of the cake it will be firm but not hard.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting:
(For the frosting I wanted something cool, creamy, and sweet to compliment the dense richness of the cake. I whipped this like a buttercream frosting to give it a great consistency and hold up against the weight of the cake.)

4 oz. butter, cubed
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 T. vanilla
1/8 to ¼ cup of cocoa powder (depends on how decadent you want it)
Powdered Sugar

Directions:
Whip air into the cool butter, add cream cheese, add a splash of vanilla, then gradually add powdered sugar until thick enough to spread as frosting.

Assemble and enjoy the sweet decadence.

Grain Free Chocolate Macaroon Cake