So I had a craving for brownies. Not cake-y brownies but fudgy brownies. So I made brownies and I made them with bourbon and brown sugar. These brownies definitely aren’t those super sweet brownies you eat when you’re 5-21 years of age. They were subtly sweet and had bunches of depth. 21 and over brownies.
You should make these brownies. Then when you’re ready to eat them put on a pair of spectacles and start talking about mortgages,…….and something else very adult-ish (I don’t have a lot of experience with that stuff so I couldn’t think of any other adult topics). Oh yeah, and add a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream…much classier than plain vanilla.
1c brown sugar
3/4c cocoa powder
2 large eggs
2tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat to 350. Grease and flour 9×13 pan. Combine butter and cocoa powder in bowl and place over simmering water. Add espresso and stir to melt ingredients
In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and sugar. Add extract. Add bourbon. Slowly stir chocolate mix into sugar mix.
Add flour, baking powder and salt then bake about 18-25 min
Have you ever eaten a warm tortilla with butter? If not, then you need to get on that. If so, then you and I should get together and talk about how good they are. It is seriously one of the most delicious things ever! But I’m not talking about store bought tortillas. I’m talking about homemade-right-off-the-comal (grill) tortillas. For serious.
So Justin and I made tortillas and Jamaica (huh-my-kuh, the agua fresca not the country). I made the dough, he rolled them. He boiled water, I steeped the hibiscus flowers and stirred. Then, we ate warm tortillas with butter and drank ice cold Jamaica. Movies should definitely be made about moments like this.
Combine flour and salt. Cut in a few tablespoons of cold butter to about 2 cups of flour mix until it resembles cornmeal.
Make a well in flour mix and add 1/4 cup of warm water and work it into the flour mix until it comes together (you may have to keep adding tablespoons of water until you reach correct consistency). It shouldn’t be too sticky or dry.
Let it rest for a few then make equal sized dough balls. Let it rest again. Now roll out the tortillas, cook on a flat grill until done.
I apologize for the crappy instructions. My mom told me to just feel it out so that’s what I’ve done.
For the Jamaica, buy some hibiscus flowers and brew it like you brew other tea. Or just google it.
Hummingbird cupcakes, huh? Sounds kind of gross right? If it doesn’t then you’re from the south or your imagination doesn’t create elaborate stories like mine so often does. Or you’ve just heard of them before. So let’s get this out of the way…THESE WERE NOT MADE WITH HUMMINGBIRDS. They were made with delicious pineapple, honey, banana and yes there’s more….cinnamon! Traditionally, I should have thrown some pecans up in there but I didn’t have any. I then topped these little hummingbirds with a cream cheese cinnamon frosting. Cinnamon wasn’t necessary but I needed a little “hmmm” to cut through the sweetness. You know what I mean, right?
Oh yeah, one more thing about these cupcakes…they were the featured cupcake to my pop-up cupcake stand debut. And I’m definitely planning on popping-up again.
Recipe adapted from Georgetown Cupcake
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (from about 3 large bananas)
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 cup hot water
What’s for dinner? Rice noodle soup/ Vietnamese pho is for dinner! ( I put a slash on that because I know it wasn’t 100% authentic pho). So lately I’ve been wanting to eat foods that excite my palate and I’ve been wanting to cook food that is a little out of my repertoire. Apparently I was cooking pasta too much because every time pasta was mentioned around Justin he made a bleh face. You know, the same kind of face kids make on commercials when they have to eat vegetables and instead really just want gogurt or goober.
I really credit this dish to rice noodles. I threw in some broth, scallions, garlic, Ginger, citrus, carrots , shitaki mushrooms, bok Choy, and bada-bing bada-boom! The rice noodles just sucked up all of the delicious and fragrant broth! It was light, comforting,and flavorful! Oh yeah, and cheap! Those noodles are under $2 and come with three batches.
So there you have it…my answer to rain in june. Cause really, it’s still raining?? El niño? La Nina? Global warming???
So here’s a little bit of what I’ve done this past year. I can’t believe it’s almost June can you? This time last year I moved back home from Berkeley and thought I was going to die. I can be a little dramatic. My silver lining has been I’ve had so much more time to do frivolous things that make me happy. Not only does baking make me happy but baking for people makes me happy. So here’s a snippet of the past few months.
I present to you banana chocolate chip bread and carrot cupcakes. Both recipes are adapted from thekitchn.com