Wednesday, January 5, 2011
In honor of it being National Whipped Cream Day, I promptly went to the frig, pulled out my can of Reddi Whip and threw my head back as I filled my mouth with unending squirts of Grade A Pasteurized Sweetened Whipped Creamy Deliciousness. It was a liberating moment- you should mark your calendar for next year.
Since I’m on the subject of sweets, let’s chat Brownies – shall we? Now, let me advise you in advance that there is no spiritual lesson or encouragement in this – just a fun little chat about one of America’s favorite desserts. Brownies! The chocolatey goodness of a pan of fresh baked brownies delights even the faint of heart and pads the thinnest of waistlines. Whether purchased from a bakery, made from scratch if you have all the time in the world, or slightly Sandra Lee’d with a premade box (ah-hem, that’s my category!) brownies are simple and delicious and I want to eat 5 of them right now with some vanilla ice cream just typing this. I have, however, just downed the daily caloric intake of a family of 4 based on the amount of whipped cream I just consumed, so I’ll try to hold myself back.
I’ve tried many a box and brand and Betty Crocker is one woman you just don’t want to neglect. She’s a tried and true woman of consistency, flavor and quality since before I was born. To honor that hallmark (or just to take advantage of the coupons I normally have on hand) I make sure to keep a few boxes of her chewey, fudgey brownie mixes in the pantry for weak moments and last minute ‘Oops, what’s for dessert?’ forgetfulness. (Her cousins - Duncan Hines and Ghirardelli are winners too).
Bake them cake style, bake them fudgey style – whatever floats your boat, you just can’t go wrong. I have a nifty way of dolling them up a bit if you need to get rid of excess Halloween candy (yes, we still have some milling about) or just an excuse to add some pizzazz. CANDY BARS! I take my brownie mix and follow the fudgey style directions (which is either the omission or addition of an egg…I’m too full of whipped cream to haul myself down to my pantry to check).
When it’s all said and done and spread in the pan, add crushed candy bars and bake as normal. What emerges from your oven is nothing short of a chocolate miracle. You’ll love it - trust me. My all time favorites involve either Butterfinger or Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. Feel free to go whip up a pan yourself.
Have a delicious day!