So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Luke 1:45

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday's Menu

This is another one of my favorite kinds of recipes. It is a basic brownie recipe which you can change up however you want to just by adding something in. Having a bunch of basic recipes like this one gives you a good foundation for cooking while encouraging your creativity in experimenting and a lot of fun variety in the things you make as well.

I have mixed in everything from nuts (as originally called for in the recipe) to chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. I know that you can get toffee pieces now as well and I think those would make a good addition. You can also spruce these up by frosting them. A yummy buttercream frosting or cooked frosting would knock them up a notch. Really, the sky is the limit because the recipe itself is just a good basic brownie. If you left them completely plain, they would still be great.

I also like that you don't need anything particularly fancy to make this -- no baking chocolate or sweetened condensed milk, etc. It's just basic, everyone has them in their pantry kinds of ingredients. To me, that's the best kind of recipe of all.

According to my notes, I found this on the back of a store brand box of cocoa (Food Lion) which means I've had it at least as long as the Chick is old because we didn't live near a Food Lion after she was born until we moved back to South Carolina.

Have fun with this one. It's perfect for playing with the ingredients.

Fudgy Brownies

1/2 cup shortening, butter, or margarine
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional) or other additions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in saucepan or large bowl. Add cocoa. Mix well. Mix in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring well. Add vanilla, flour, and salt. Stir in nuts. Pour into greased 8x8x2 pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until pick inserted comes out clean.

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