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Moist, Decadent Brownies

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Colorado was hit with snow this weekend, which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. After all, I’ve got that rich North Dakota blood in me! And with the hubby still a bit under the weather, we’ve spent the last couple of days hulled up inside watching movies, drinking tea and snuggling with our puppy.

I don’t know about anyone else, but with the snow falling there’s just something that drives me to heat up the oven, pull out the mixer and fill our home with wonderful smells.

I have a go-to recipes for homemade brownies that I’ve made for years. Once you whip up a batch you’ll know why.

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Dark Chocolate Brownies

  • 3/4 cup shortening (melted)
  • 8 teaspoons dark cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Beat the eggs and sugar, add chocolate and shortening. Blend in flour, salt, baking powder and vanilla. Add nuts. Spray a 9×9 baking pan with cooking spray and add the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Warning: You may want more than one!

Mixing up Waffles

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During a recent visit to my sister’s home, I found myself cleaning out her kitchen cabinets. But it didn’t start that way. After I presented her with giant zucchini from my garden, she was quick to request my famous zucchini bread. But with loaves of bread in the oven, I turned my focus onto cleaning her cabinets.

Yes, I clean other people’s kitchen cabinets.

Well, not just everyone, but let’s just say my sister and my mother always benefit from my visits.

Tucked into a corner is where I found it. A shiny Belgian waffle maker that I had always wanted for myself. I’m not sure why I’ve never bought one as they tend to pull me in at the kitchen shops, taunting me to take one home. I have a traditional square waffle iron, but there is something about thick Belgain waffles on a Saturday morning that make you feel cozy as you cuddle up with a cup of tea. It’s comfort food at its best.

My sister could tell I was overjoyed by this simple kitchen gadget and quickly told me to take it home as she wasn’t into mixing up her own fluffy batches.

My search began for finding the best gourmet waffle recipes. A few a tried were just simple with nothing special that made me want to keep the recipe. Then I began experimenting with recipes by adding my own signature twists.

Here’s my favorite:

2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon honey
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Hope you love it!

 

 

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