I have to go to a neighborhood picnic today….You know, one of those little gatherings where you meet new people and then instantly forget their names and have coversations about front yard maintenece and home owners association dues—FUN! This one shouldn’t be too bad though–it is right across the street from my house allowing for easy get-away and since we haven’t been in the neighborhood long I want to see what we are dealing with here. There have been lots of new people moving in so maybe that means there will be some cool moms around…. maybe?
What to make for the neighborhood? Crack Pie? Nah, I don’t want to give the wrong impression. Momofuku Milk Bar Cookies? Nope. They are delicious but will require a trip to the grocery store for some salty snack additions. Strawberry Shortcake? Sounds good–but too time consuming. Hmmmm………brownies. Everyone likes brownies and everyone will love the Supernatural Brownies from David Lebowitz. I have all the ingredients and I can whip up a batch right quick. If you have never made these–you should. They are very simple and very rich!
****Note to self: Do not bring brownies to a neighborhood picnic. At this particular picnic, EVERYONE brought brownies—–but mine were the best! ****
From David Lebowitz
You will need:
2 sticks of unsalted butter
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1 c brown sugar
1 c white sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 c flour
1 cup nuts (optional)
Melt the chocolate and butter together either on low heat in the microwave or on the stove top in a double boiler. (I used the microwave since I don’t have a double boiler….) When completly melted and smooth–you are done.
Step 2: Whip eggs. Add sugars and whip some more. Add vanilla and salt. Whip some more.
Step 3: Fold in the chocolate.
Step 4: Add the flour. (If using nuts, add those next.)
Use a 13X9 pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave them to cool on a baking rack or (in my case) on the table. Prevent EVERYONE from cutting into them until they are completely cool. They really are better that way.