Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Coffee Blond Brownies from Ms. enPlace

I am feeling more and more confirmed in my conviction that there is a common thread that runs through all of humankind.
I found that quote (?) in a file on my computer.  I like to collect quotes and sayings that I like, and then use them in Handwritten letters.  (yes, I'm weird like that, I do still write letters and send them by snail mail)
I also found this in my drafts:
You know how sometimes you wonder about yourself?  At least I do....   
...but I can't remember what I was wondering about.?
Right now, I'm wondering about how 2 or 3 people can  make the same recipe and it turns out so different.  And I wonder about altitude and how it makes baking so different.   We live at over 4000 feet above sea level.  Not so very  high (is it?) but it does make a difference when you are baking.
And I baked last Friday. 
I made  Ms enPlace's  Coffee Blond Brownies.   I made them and took them to a party--without having tested them.  I thought I was going to have to wrestle people away from them, so I could take a few home.  (I actually kept some at home just because I was afraid of that)
At first, I was wondering, why my Blondies didn't look blonde and looked more brownie like.  I was going to blame the altitude, but then I looked back at Michelle's and her's were pretty dark too.  So, I quit wondering about that.
Let me state for the record that these blondies/brownies were very GOOD!!  They were everything she said,  chewy and moist and gooey.  They had a distinct coffee flavor...mmmmmm.  Everyone at the party was grabbing them up.   They would have been great with some vanilla ice-cream, but I  saved some for breakfast the next morning.  No ice-cream for me.  I was on a diet, so I just saved them for my breakfast.
My book, the blondie/brownies and a hot cup of coffee.  What a nice start to the morning.
They look chocolaty, don't they?  But really...only chocolate chips and coffee.
And brown sugar and pecans.  I have to stop here, before I wonder if I have all the stuff to make more of them!  They are so good!
I'm going to let you get the recipe from Ms. enPlace's blog post here.
That way you can check out some of her other goodies.
Tomorrow I have 2 book club meetings.  One is just a lunch meeting, where we listen to a ' book talk', and then in the evening it is my 'Totally Lit(erature)" meeting, where we will be discussing  "The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet".  I'm not finished with it yet, so I'm off to read, even tho I feel like going to bed.  I'll post about book clubs tomorrow.
This is totally off the subject, but.... I once asked some friends of mine what decade of clothing they liked the best.  Out of about 45 answers, there were lots of 40's, 60's but believe it or not, quite a few 80's!
My husband and I own a dry cleaners and we have a 19 year old girl working the front counter.  Today someone brought in a "jump suit"  (remember those?)  And our girl held it up and asked "What IS this?"
Ahhhh.....to be so young, to not remember jump suits.   What is your favorite decade of fashion?
Good night!


bermudaonion said...

Those sound wonderful! I love that your diet includes brownies for breakfast!

MM said...

Awww...thanks for trying my brownies and posting about them!

You had me going though, starting out by saying how a recipe can turn out different for different people. Then mentioning that you hadn't tested them first. I thought you were leading up to disaster!

P.S- I wouldn't like them so much if they weren't so dark!

Karen said...

Whenever my Mom knew she would have company, she'd bake up a big batch of brownies (from a box!) and keep them in a tin on top of the fridge. Everybody always raved about them. Brownies are like CCC's - seems everybody likes them. When I was 16 or 17, a friend and I sewed jumpsuits from the same material pattern, only mine was orange and hers was turquoise. They had big bell bottom legs. Those were the days (1968/69) :)

Couscous & Consciousness said...

OMG - do I ever remember jumpsuits and hotpants worn with "maxi-coats" and thigh-high boots :-)

Those brownies sound wonderful, but I'm thinking it's probably a good thing that we don't wear hotpants anymore and can keep the "brownie thighs" covered up!

Sue :-)

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