Here’s the inspiration part. Try this favourite MacPhee family recipe. They are so quick and easy to make. They’re my emergency dessert if company lands unexpectedly. I can almost mix them up while people are hanging up their coats! They are fudgy and chocolately and delicious – especially good with a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. But equally good plain and unadorned. I don’t put icing on them. They don’t need it but sometimes I will dust a little icing sugar for looks. If I was really inspired, I’d used a paper doily and dust a design. However…that would require waiting for them to cool and the smell of these brownies wafting through the house usually draws an eager (primarily male) audience who are not inclined to wait. Neither are they interested in pretty icing sugar designs. But they do appreciate taste and these get a 4 star rating from my crew.
- 1/2 cup margarine (or butter if you’re feeling decadent)
- 3 squares unsweetened chocolate (although I always use 1/2 cup cocoa with 3 more T. margarine)
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup nuts (optional)
- 3/4 chocolate chips (optional but a nice variation)
- 1 and 1/2 cups flour (measure carefully – too much flour ruins the recipe – I speak from experience 🙂
Melt margarine – add cocoa – Add sugar – stir. Add eggs and vanilla – stir – Add flour – then chocolate chips and/or nuts if desired.
Bake in slow oven – 325 F for 35 minutes or so in a 9 by 11 pan. Keep an eye on them. Don’t over bake. The middle will look underdone.
Now the confession part …
I’m sure you’ve been wondering…
I didn’t take that photo. I’m sure my blogging partner RD could have taken a beautiful picture but I can’t be getting her up here at all hours to take pictures for my blog can I? Plus I confess I didn’t actually make the brownies today – I’m just blogging about them. The picture comes from a school fund raising brochure. They look exactly like my brownies although they probably don’t taste as good 🙂
I love the composition of that photo – the blue plate and bowl, the matching checked towel, the brown and white eggs, the dark chocolate in the clear glass and the pink flower – although if I was setting it up today, I would use an autumn flower from the bouquet that my sweet husband brought home to me yesterday!!
I love to look at cookbooks but it is the cookbooks with pictures that really captivate me. I enjoy how the photos are set up – colors, shapes and accessories – like a still-life painting.
Lately I’ve been inspired by Lana – her photos are gorgeous.
I think I need a good camera. Not super-expensive but better than the 2.1 MP HP camera that my daughter owns.
I have a strategy – you see, my husband is a fly-fisher and he usually fishes “catch and release” so don’t you think he’d like to have a good camera on hand to take a picture of those beautiful catches before they are released??
Wouldn’t it make a great joint Christmas gift??
What do you think?