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St. Patty’s Brownies

March 15, 2012

I’m so excited bc for the very FIRST time in Squishy history, I shall be partaking in actual St Patty’s day tradition and be dining on Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Taters.  To this dinner, I shall be accompanied by none other than one who is Sweet, Rich, and indulges my naughty side–Sexy Mr. Brownie =D

I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with Mr. Brownie.  He was pretty mean to me my sophomore year in High School.  Having never been to New York, we were actually given the opportunity to visit for an entire week for Christmas.  Long story short, the newest unwanted accessory I had thrust upon me, following the tradition of unwanted gifts was not some gaudy-awful trinket, it was the dreaded Porcelain Throne.  Forced to be sequestered within the confines of a bathroom is how and where I spent Christmas Eve and the better part of Christmas Day.  For years, I wouldn’t even dare touch a Brownie.  Today, I’d cry, “Ludicrous!!”  Brownies are so deeply, darkly, intensely Chocolatey with a fudgey center that makes your mouth stick in a creamy chocolately goop.  I feel like I must make up for so many missed opportune years!

So, here’s my stab at catch up–my version of Baileys Brownies!

  • 2 sticks softened, room temp., unsalted Butter
  • 1 c Brown Sugar + 2 c regular, granulated Sugar
    • *make your own Brown by combining unsulphured Molasses and Sugar
  • 1/2 tb instant Espresso Powder
  • 4-6 tb Irish Cream
  • 4 room temp., Eggs
  •  1 1/2 c Flour
  • 1 c unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 ts fine, table Salt
  • 1 1/2 c Chocolate Chips tossed with 1-2 tb of the “Dry Mix” 

–> In my oven, these babies baked for 30 minutes but more than half way into that mark, I would def. check since everyone’s oven can be a bit different.  Great rule of thumb here is to try and never open your oven when baking less than half way into it’s finished baking mark.  So if your recipe calls for 30 min. bake time, I would only think to check 15-20 in, never 5-10.  Remember, underbaking is WAY better than overbaking!!!

I know at this point, I must sound like a broken record but ’tis better to do it right the first time, right?  I know that for me, I feel like crying when say, Flour disappates in a gigantic puff explosion, lol.  Baking materials–scratch that–FOOD can be soooo expensive!
So here are a few tips:

  • Properly measure out your ingredients.  A food scale set to grams works best for this but if you’re just baking for fun, you can get away with standard measuring cups–also remember to sift your dry ingredients together…esp when Cocoa Powder is involved, he’s somewhat of a tattle tale.
  • When it comes to Cookies and Brownies, I personally think underbaking > overbaking.
  • They say that Patience is a Virtue and your Baked Goods will thank you if you allow them to get to Room Temp.  i.e.= your Butter has softened to the point where you can leave behind a soft indentation.  
  • Use QUALITY ingredients folks!  Use the highest quality that you can afford.  Many things like Brown Sugar and Vanilla Extract can be made yourself to ensure even greater quality control.  I feel like great Vanilla, Eggs, Chocolate are a few things that are super important.  I once was given a sack of “Chocolate [artificially] flavored Chips where its first ingredient was Hydrogenated Soybean Oil.  I wanted to throw it in their face–LOL, I totally kid!…maybe?  ^.^
    • I use Organic and Local as much as possible…YAY for Local Produce!!!!

So Happy Baking & Happy St. Patty’s Day!!

Love,
Your-not-Irish-but-kiss-me-anyways
Squishy Monster ^.^

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2 Comments
  1. Tested this… they were DELICIOUS. Keep doing your thing Squishy Monster this is your PASSION. 🙂

  2. Nice video. Brownie looked tasty, love the idea of adding Bailey's Irish Cream and espresso coffee.

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