Saturday, January 22, 2011

Artisanal Brownies

Our food bill has been insane this winter. It seems like prices have gone up at the store but also we've been eating more partly due to the cold weather and additional exercise with skiing, Dave's snow making and playing in the brisk mountain air with the pups. We're working on cutting it back without depriving ourselves of good food. Instead of buying a mix for upwards of $5 we're baking more from scratch and using real food. I pulled out the Bronski's cookbook and gave the brownie recipe a whirl. I have made homemade brownies before- years ago when I was a gluten eater and made the recipe from the Moosewood cookbook a few times. I really need to start marking the book with all the things I've tried, last month we were enamored with the snickerdoodles and I am now smitten with brownies.
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Next time I'm going to pull them a smidgen earlier as I like a gooey brownie....
I'm also trying to go back to being 96% dairy free. I've been cheating with Dairy during the holidays- eating real butter for cookies, gluten free pizza loaded with cheese and sour cream in mashed potatoes- and I feel it. My energy is low and I've gained back a few pounds... blah! So back on track I go which is going to be hard as my baking was happier with butter and the pizza has become more accessible thanks to Crazy Elk. I've started to clean it up but had pizza last night and felt the congestion hitting soon after leaving me to wonder- is it really worth it?

6 comments:

e.m.b. said...

Oh wow...these look amazing. Especially that batter! Such beautiful chocolate! :)

p&k said...

hey, if you like those moosewood brownies (my fave recipe) you can make them GF really easily. i just skipped the flour, and added a tad bit (like 1/4 cup) cocoa powder. no need for flour subs or xanthum at all. and better day two than day one, imo.

Dawson said...
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Dawson said...

I have been lately thinking I have a growing sensitivity to wheat products. Which sucks. Beer, especially hasn't been agreeing with me for the last two months or so. Which is awful. Even worse, though, is the idea of avoiding gravy! So, this was a welcome recipe find: Gluten Free Roux

camper said...

@e.m.b. I was shocked at how easy these were. ;o)
@kim I'll have to dig up the Moosewood book on my next trip to the library.
@Dawson nice gravy... I'm the gravy maker each turkey day and just use whatever gf flour blend I have on hand. I've also been making them alot when we crockpot a cut of beef. That was a good post and I can see where I can improve mine. Sorry to hear that you're getting so sensitive... but after two years I don't feel very deprived. ;o) If you can find Redbridge or Green's beer give those a whirl.

peterbronski said...

I'm with you on watching the diet because of a few extra pounds here and there. With all of our cupcake baking, plus a brief break from running, I was heading in the wrong direction. But I'm back on track, and very happy about it!

Cheers, Pete