Friday
Mar202015

Best Gooey Chocolatey Brownies Recipe

 

If you bake brownies, you typically fall into one of two camps. Cocoa or chocolate, as in the base for all your chocolatey goodness. Well, there is a third camp, the box mix camp, and this is a judgement free space, so more power to you if that's your zone. I mean, I didn't realize brownies came any other way until college;) but I promise once you make from scratch you can't go back.

Myself, I am a cocoa girl usually. I don't have to worry about burning my chocolate (something I have done all to many times leaving a double boiler unattended), and it produces an utterly gooey brownie that is a little square of heaven. Peep this recipe from Epicurious for a 'pure' cocoa version, it's a stand-by in my kitchen.

I got to thinking though, is there some way to amp the chocolatey-ness up a notch from my usual cocoa batch? I did switch my usual cocoa to something a little higher quality (give Droste a test-drive if you want to try something different than your standard Hersey's), which helped, but I wanted more still. Never enough chocolate, am I right? Well maybe just pregnant.

This recipe is adapted from a few favorites. Decadent. Delicious. Simply, the best gooey brownies ever. *PS, the secret is to never wait for a toothpick to come out clean. Cook the recommended time and then take those puppies out. If you eat one out of the pan like I do, it will seem to be undercooked. That is just how you want them. Once they cool they harden a bit, but retain that soft, candy-like inside. Not cakey and dry. I repeat, decadent and delicious.

 

Best Gooey Chocolately Brownies

Makes about 12-16 small squares (depending on how you slice and dice them)

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 

1/2 cup unsweetened, good quality Dutch processed cocoa

1 stick plus 2 tbsp butter

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

3/4 tsp flakey sea salt (you may want to adjust to 1/2, I like them kind of salty)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2/3 cup all purpose flour

 

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. I like to place a piece of parchment in the bottom with edges extended on the sides to pull out all the brownies. Grease (over parchment) an 8x8 square baking pan. You can use non-stick spray but doesn't work quite as well in my experience.

Set a medium glass/heat proof bowl over simmering water (medium heat, not a raging boil), and add butter, sugar, chocolate, and cocoa. Stir until melted just about through and remove from heat, stirring further to incorporate any lumps remaining. Whisk in eggs (one at a time), vanilla, and salt. Finally, add the flour, and stir with a rubber spatula until fully incorporated. Pour/spread batter into prepared pan and cook for 20-25 minutes (or desired level of gooey-ness). Remember, these set a bit when cool, so don't stress if they seem underdone when you initially take them out. 

Allow to cool fully, aside from obligatory sample which I MUST remove from each batch, and then cut into squares. Dust with some powdered sugar to make them look extra fancy before serving. 

 

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Thursday
Mar192015

Boho Tot Heaven: Scotch Shrunk & Scotch R'Belle Amsterdam Couture 

Images: Scoth & Soda 

 

 

Girls


Flip Flops


Embroidered Vest


Skort


Shoulder Top

 

Images: Scoth & Soda 


Boys


Worker Chino Short


Beaded Necklace


Chunky Cardigan


Worked Out Polo


My geiger for cool kids clothes? Would I wear them? I mean, right now, as an adult? If not, they likely don't find room in my child's closet. These cool brands are out there. Promise. And I promise to highlight more of them here.

I was amped to discover this Amsterdam based brand sold online through their site and ships to the US. I first discovered them while in Tribeca last year, in the children's shop My Little Sunshine (what my imaginary children's boutique is stocked with & looks like). Now, don't get all worked up over the pricing. Stuff ain't cheap. But here's what you do- you go to the brand's site, say like last week, when I happened upon the sale, and buy everything on end of season clearance. Spam is not your friend, but newsletters from cool brands like these, are. Shop off season and a size up. Your child will thank you (and this is what I often do with investment pieces for a tot). You'd be surprised how much wear they get out of something when you buy a size and season up. 

The sale collections were AMAZING. I'm sorry to say I waited to long to post and they are already off site. I was able to score items for D for next year at 75% off retail. When she understands bargain shopping more, she will respect.

In the mean time, some cool gear from the current collections. Which I'll be watching and waiting for.

Sunday
Mar152015

Denim on Denim + Boston Weekly

Above: J Crew denim shirt, Ace & Jig cardi in Raffia via Covet + Lou, Citizens of Humanity Emerson slim boyfriend jeansYSL boots, Target fringe purse (crushing on this fringe PS1)

 

 

Who: As in, who am I listening to.

Bahamas, All the Time AKA Afie Jurvanen, part of the Jack Johnson clan of musicians, not from Bahamas, but definitely master of a cool tune. Yes, yes, from that James Franco commercial. All the same, my ears perk up every time they hear it.

What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

Cooked up some piggy buns. Yup, you just read that correctly. Check out this Instagram shot for all the glory. I love a good pinterest challenge and this was a fun and delicious one to complete. 

Speaking of buns in the oven (hah, that worked out a little too well!), and winter wardrobe blahs aside, I have another reason to be stingy with the outfit posts.....you might be able to discern just the slightest hint of a baby bump under my denim button down. Already popped and struggling to squeeze myself into pre-baby clothes. They claimed it was true with #2 and is it ever. We are over the moon. Exhausted, but totally over the moon. 

Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about. 

Follain teams up with beachy-keen Calypso, this Wednesday March 18th (4-7PM), to celebrate the first day of spring. Think spring fashion and Follain best sellers, all in one spot. 

Peep the chic sandal campaign from the equally fabulous sibling of local social maven Erica Corsano. Jump in with kickstarter and secure your pair of SOAK sandals now. Because summer is coming. Full details here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/329348239/soak

Time for a closet clean out for a cause. Fashion Project and Simon Malls are teaming up March 16-30th. Copley shoppers can pick up a donation bag at guest services. Return said bag with at least five qualifying items for a $20 Simon gift card. No limit on gift cards, as long as your qualifying items can keep pace. More details here: fashionproject.com/brands


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