Recipe Review: Mocha Brownies

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Mocha Brownies

For the recipe: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/06/mocha-brownies/

Our Icy front door steps

Our Icy front door steps

Well, I finally got what I wanted this winter. Last week we had a good snow here in North Carolina. What I didn’t ask for was all the ice, freezing rain, howling artic winds, and single digit temperatures that came along after. The roads were covered in ice and driving was limited to a minimum for most families. Schools were closed all week, and since I work at a performing arts studio we followed the public school’s example.  After the first day, I ended up with cabin fever. I started looking for anything to do; house chores, cuddling with the kitties, Netflix binging (I seriously watched all the Jane Austen adaptations that I could find), and even exercising. After all that, I decided to be sensible and make some brownies!

mmmm good chocolate

mmmm good chocolate

I’ve made brownies for the blog before and wasn’t too pleased with the results. This time I decided to try a recipe from the blog of the Pioneer Woman. I think Ree is the patron saint of the food blogger: She’s witty, quirky, and all her recipes sound delicious without being too complicated. I decided to use her very appealing recipe for mocha brownies.

These brownies are unfussy and I usually have all the ingredients for them in the pantry. I had to restock on unsweetened chocolate this time, but the trip to the grocery store was sorely needed for my sanity.  The recipe called for a great deal of butter and sugar and more batter than I’d like to admit didn’t make it to the pan. It was so decadent and fluffy when I transferred it to the oven that I was afraid that the brownies may turn out too cakey. Luckily they came out of the oven moist and fudgy, the perfect consistency.

Brownies pre-icing

Brownies pre-icing

 Now, this recipe includes an icing of cocoa, coffee, and powdered sugar. I chose to half the icing recipe as Ree suggested in her post. There was too much snow and ice on the ground for me to be able to run around and burn off 5 cups of sugar. I actually found the icing rather addictive. To me it’s the perfect accompaniment to the simple brownie.  Chris however, asserted that brownies are not supposed to have any sort of icing. He thinks the brownie alone were perfection itself.

The pan of iced mocha brownies

The pan of iced mocha brownies

I think of all the brownie recipes I’ve tried so far, this is my favorite. I don’t think, however, that this brownie recipe should be served “naked”. It should go along with its mocha icing or maybe a scoop vanilla ice cream. But it is a pretty good brownie to share with someone special by the fire on a cold February night.

Rosalind watching the snowstorm

Rosalind watching the snowstorm

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