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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Death by Chocolate Brownies

Yes, I skipped a weekly post. I know. BUT there was a good reason. You see, we often think of disasters as earthquakes, floods, and week long power outages. However, this past week there was a crisis. Truly. And guess what? Bag meals saved the day. You see, it was the first week of law school finals. That qualifies as dangerous to one's health, happiness, and well being. How did bag meals save the day? 3 words: Mexican. Chicken. Soup. (page 24 in the book) It was warm. It was zesty. It only took 20 minutes of precious study time to make. It lasted longer and was more nourishing than a hot pocket and there was enough that the study group got be comforted, nourished, and sustained in the face of impending doom too. Make it in your next crisis. Make it the next time you're crunched for time. Make it for yourself, or your neighbor that just had a baby. You'll be glad you did.

Speaking of stress and impending doom: what spells comfort better than BROWNIES?!?!? Nothing, that's what. If I was banished to a desert island and could only take one baked good with me. It would be brownies. I love them. Periodically I ponder other desserts, but brownies always come out on top. (Sometimes on my birthday, I have brownies instead of cake.) There is nothing more blissful than the chewy chocolate explosion of freshly-baked-warm-brownie-goodness on your tongue. A warm, fudgey base, hugging chips of perfectly melted silky chocolate, dissipates any trace of stress or anxiety that you may harbor. (Yes, I have eaten a whole pan of brownies this past week of finals, why do you ask?) SO of course, it is only natural that the world needs a recipe for bag meal brownies.

These brownies fall into the fudgey camp, which is the only true brownie. If you're in the cakey brownie camp, its time you converted. Fudgey is the more excellent way. You don't have time for homemade brownies? Well, these puppies aren't going to take much longer than a box: dump, stir, pour, bake. See, it's the same steps. You can even repeat if you're feeling extra hungry. Go whip some up. Don't you want the power of brownies in the palm of your hand during the next disaster?

Death by Chocolate Brownies

2/3 cup canned butter, melted
3/4 cup bottled water

Resealable bag:
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teas. baking soda
2 tablespoons powdered eggs
1 1/3 cup flour
1/4 teas salt
2 cup sugar
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions: Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add water and melted butter. Add chocolate chips. Bake in greased 13 x 9 pan for 30 minutes at 350.

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