Monday, January 31, 2011

browned butter cocoa and walnut brownies

I haven't been baking much lately. Don't worry--I haven't sworn off sugar or banished butter or made a resolution to go raw (file under: never going to happen). It's not anything that serious. The unfortunate truth is that aside from working, I haven't been doing much of anything lately. After six months at Legal Services and a nice long vacation, I'm back at the firm. And not only am I back, but I'm on a team that's preparing for trial. Which is extremely exciting--but it also means that instead of chopping chocolate and grazing through the greenmarket, I'm spending my evenings and weekends dining al desk.

But when February's Bon Appetit arrived in the mail, I knew the second I saw the cover recipe that I had to make these brownies. Browned butter and chocolate in one recipe? I may barely have time to wash my hair, let alone a sink full of dishes, but I haven't completely lost my priories. So last Saturday when I found myself with a few spare hours I replenished my baking supplies and got to work. Luckily, besides the actual browning of the butter (which, if I'm being honest, usually takes me two tries to get right) these were super simple and only used one bowl. I added the rest of the ingredients to the hot butter, poured the batter into a pan, and popped it in the oven. Twenty five minutes later, I had a batch of amazingly rich and fudgy brownies on my hands. And they were spectacular. My only gripe about this recipe is the walnuts, which I felt overwhelmed the chocolate flavor. Next time, I would reduce the amount of nuts, or leave them out entirely. Nonetheless, they were truly delicious. As in, my trial team ate them for breakfast delicious. Like I said, priorities.

Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts
Recipe from Bon Appetit, February 2010 and available here

Sunday, January 2, 2011

{twd} marshmallows

Having grown up in Minnesota, I'm no stranger to a big winter storm. I'm familiar with the anticipation that often begins to boarder on hysteria, the knee high drifts, the buried cars...and I'm certainly familiar with cold weather comfort food. So when reports started coming in last weekend that we were in for a blizzard here in New York City, I knew just what to choose for last weeks' Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, which was a rewind week. Sweet, fluffy homemade marshmallows. Perfect for dropping into a steaming mug of hot chocolate and enjoying while cozied up on the couch with some fuzzy slippers and season one of Friday Night Lights (or at least, that's how I like to spend my snow days). Whether it's snowing where you are or not, these marshmallows make the cold weather a little easier to swallow. They were originally chosen by Judy back in April of 2008, and the recipe is available on her blog.