Bake Sale Brownies

At work, I have become known as the girl who bakes. I bring in anything from chocolate chip cookies to saffron pound cake. One thing that I love to bring in for work lunches or celebratory milestones is brownies. I have gotten so many compliments for the brownies I bring in and I can only thank one person..err..place, America’s Test Kitchen.

Their bake sale brownies will not last the day. Every time I bring them in and leave them in the kitchen, they are gone before I have even had a chance to go in and prep my lunch.

If you’re looking to bring in a sweet treat or do a nice gesture for a friend, I highly recommend trying their recipe below. You won’t be disappointed.

INGREDIENTS

  • 8T unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil (use 2 long sheets, one going each direction with enough foil to hang over the edges), then coat lightly with vegetable oil spray.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave, stirring often. I usually do a minute on high, stir, then 30-second increments on 50% power, checking & stirring after each 30 seconds. Let cool slightly
  3. Whisk the sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl until combined. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture until smooth. Stir in the flour until no streaks remain.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, 22 to 27 mintues.
  5. Let cool completely on a wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours, before removing the brownies from the pan using the foil and cutting them into squares.

What’s your favorite brownie recipe?

Blackbird Doughnuts

If you didn’t know of Blackbird, you might pass it on your walk down Tremont Street. Nestled within a strip mall on Tremont Street, it can easily be passed. The only recognizable feature of this donut shop is its pink protruding sign.

Blackbird Donuts | South End Boston

Walking in, there was a winding rope for the soon to come line. Luckily, I made it with enough time that I didn’t have any trouble taking pictures. Blogger problems.

Blackbird Donuts | South End Boston

The contrast between the white tiles to the black announcement board allowed for the beverage and donut offerings to really stand out. On the menu were eleven donuts, each going for $3. Asking what they had seen as the biggest crowd pleasers they mentioned the raspberry dark chocolate and lemon cream bismark. Having given up chocolate for lent and not a lemon girl myself, I went for a glazed and coffee donut.

I got my order in a bag but couldn’t help but chuckle at the fact that the donuts were being placed in inverted pizza boxes. Perhaps it is because it’s the only place in Boston that has a pizza donut? I guess I will have to go back and ask.

Blackbird Donuts | South End Boston

BLACKBIRD DOUGHNUTS

492 Tremont St,
Boston MA, 02116
617-482-9000

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The Wormhole Coffee | Chicago

The only thing I knew about Wormhole Coffee heading in was that it was close to where I was staying and that they had a DeLorean in the shop. Having a close inside joke with somebody about DeLoreans, I knew I had to make my way in PLUS the shop clearly had some inspiration from Back to the Future.


Walking in, I felt that the name had done the coffee shop justice. It was as though I’d been sucked into a wormhole into the late 1980s. From movie posters to video games present, it could not have felt more like a parallel world.

Had I stayed to do work, they continued with floppy disks with the wifi passwords. Wifi : Babywurm; Password: slowDOWNchewyourFOOD. LOL.

I had a lovely cappuccino at Wormhole. In fact, I went back for a second before leaving. Definitely a spot to check out!

WORMHOLE COFFEE

1462 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-2468

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