Tuesday, July 07, 2009
twd: tribute to katherine hepburn brownies
I've previously posted a Brownie Manifesto of sorts, declaring a war on box brownies. See, homemade brownies taste soooo much better, and are soooo easy to make.
Even these brownies, an adaptation of the great actress' favorite recipe.
I whipped up these brownies on Thursday afternoon, and the most labor intensive step was chopping the chocolate for an add-in.
They're easy, delicious, and sophisticated. With a touch of cinnamon and espresso powder, they're most decidedly adult.
I brought these brownies to a fourth of July weekend Up Nort. I hoped that they would help me make a good impression on the many new people I was going to meet.
And so, Saturday night, after a day spent soaking up sun, booze cruisin' on a pontoon boat, walking to the local watering hole with the girls, and watching a spectacular fireworks display on the aforementioned sea-craft, I brought the brownies to the campfire.
Clutching an icy can of Miller Lite in one hand and a brownie in the other, I hoped for the best as my new friends each selected a brownie from the small container.
"Are these special brownies?" floated around the campfire, accompanied by laughter. And repetition.
"Um, well, they have four kinds of chocolate," I replied. (cocoa powder, bittersweet, milk, and white chocolate chips or chunks)
"These are totally homemade," I heard from somewhere around the circle.
Some people were so impressed they were speechless.
We ate the chocolatey-y goodness, drank our beers, and cranked up the music (motley crue. guns and roses. bon jovi). The stars peeked through wispy clouds, the towering trees cast strong silhouettes, and the conversation shifted from loud and raucous to quiet and cozy.
A perfect Independence Day, and a perfect new brownie recipe.
Thank you, Lisa, of Surviving Oz for selecting this recipe. Lisa designed our new TWD logo--tres chic!--and was awarded the special honor of choosing the recipe this week.