Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Susan's Famous Brownies!

I guess you could really call it the Petersen Famous Brownies, as it is my mother's recipe, but there is not a person alive who doesn't love this special treat! They are fast, rich (and, fattening....) and always make a hit.

I should have prefaced this post with the report that I am baking treats for each day of our Grand Opening to kick off the addition of my design studio into the retail store! So far, the reports from our clients have been favorable and the new resources that are readily available are a great addition to the possibilities for your design/home projects. I have been spending this week pointing out my favorites and trying to find the perfect possibilities for my client's needs. We've sourced fabrics, carpet, kitchen tables and chairs, lighting, art, and mirrors!

There's still time for you to come in with your wish list for some personal help. I hope to see you!

I also published our new event menu with dates for the next few months. There are some great evenings planned. Complimentary, but we do require registration to ensure enough space.

I seldom do posts without photos, and I'm sad that I didn't document the cake plate of half-eaten brownie bites! Try these, you'll love them.

Tomorrow night, the lemon bread (also from my mother!) that we had today. Stay tuned.

Susan's Famous Brownies

Melt together : 1 cup butter
3 squares unsweetened baking chocolate

Beat well: 4 eggs

Add: 2 cups sugar to eggs and beat well
add the melted butter and baking chocolate + 2 tsp pure vanilla

Stir in: 1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of baking powder (my mother deleted this several years ago, but I always
put just a pinch in!)

Spray a 9x13 pan with Pam and pour the mixture into the pan. I add broken walnuts on top prior to baking.

Bake at 375 for about 18 minutes. Do not over bake!! A good tip from Charlotte Jane (my mom) is when you reach the point of fragrance, check for doneness. Let cool in the pan before frosting.

For the frosting, I just make up a butter cream from scratch, however, I don't really have a recipe! I start by melting about 6 TB butter with 2 squares of baking chocolate. Then I add enough powdered sugar and cream to make the right consistency, about 3 cups I would say! Add a tsp.of pure vanilla and a pinch of salt. Mix well with hand mixer. When brownies are cool, spread the frosting on the brownies, cut and serve. They freeze very well.

Enjoy! And, give me reports, please!

1 comment:

michelle said...

What a fun treat to bring in homemade goods for your clients!