What I have been reading Wednesday...

     I love the fall, I love the cooler weather, the pretty colors and all the tastes of fall.  One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to bake and fill my kitchen with the scents of cinnamon and spices, or enjoy a good book with a mug of hot cocoa, yes please!

     I have been trying to focus more on enjoying the simple pleasures, and savoring the calm moments when I can find them, making my home my refuge and sanctuary.  I love to curl up with my cookbooks and think of all the wonderful recipes that I want to try.

     Last year some dear friends of mine went on a vacation to NYC, I took them to and from the airport, and as thanks they brought back some goodies from Fat Witch Bakery.  Oh my goodness were their treats amazing!  I seriously loved every little treat I tried.   If I find something I really like I try to always recreate the dish at home, especially if its not something I can find locally.  For months I tried to recreate the dishes, I came up with some pretty tasty versions, but not quite the same.   Then it happened!  For my birthday last August I got the Fat Witch Bake Sale Cookbook.   Can we say Hallelujah???



     I have been trying out so many of the recipes, and so far every single recipe has been a winner.  My absolute favorite so far has been the Buttermilk Brownies.   I can't make them often, because honestly I lack the self discipline not to eat the whole pan myself.   Seriously get the brownies a cold Dr. Pepper, and a NCIS marathon and life is pretty good.  Not that I ever seem to find time to do that, but I think it would make for a nice and relaxing and self indulgent day if it were to ever happen.

     As I have gotten older I have realized that if I am going to use the calories to eat a treat, I am going to make sure that the treat is AMAZING!  Let's be honest, it is so frustrating to waste calories on something that is undeserving.  It is moderation in all things.   So now when I make the brownies I keep two (okay 4, don't judge me)  and give the rest away.  Try this recipe from their cookbook.  It is simply delicious!

Fat Witch Buttermilk Brownies

Makes 12-16 brownies

Prep Time:  15 minutes; Bake Time:  25-30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free baking flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9"by 9" baking pan with butter and dust with gluten free flour.

     In a small saucepan over low hear warm the chocolate and butter, stirring frequently, until almost completely melted.  Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir until the mixture is smooth.  Set aside and cool slightly.

     In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla together for one minute.  Add the chocolate mixture and blend until smooth.

     Measure the flour and salt and sift directly into the chocolate mixture.  Gently mix the batter until combined and no trace of the dry ingredients remain.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

     Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with only crumbs, not batter on it.  Cool in the pan on a rack for 1 hour.  Cut the brownies into squares just before serving.

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