Brownies

Fudge Brownies

When the temperature dips below 65 degrees in Texas it’s basically 30 below zero and when it’s that cold it’s hard to come up with indoor after school activities for the kids. For my next bake I decided to attempt the perfect brownie with the kids help to keep them occupied for at least a few minutes. Below is the recipe with my don’ts that I did and a few tips I picked up along the way.

Ingredients For Brownies

1/2 cup of butter melted

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 cup white sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Ingredients for Chocolate Whipped Cream

3 tablespoons of melted butter

1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions for Brownies

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 inch brownie pan

In medium bowl beat eggs on low setting until eggs are light yellow (about 5 minutes)

Add melted butter, sugar and vanilla. Continue to mix until well combined

Add cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder. Mix until combined (about 2 minutes)

Spread into prepared pan

Sprinkle with chocolate chips

Bake for 25 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean)

Directions for Chocolate Whipped Cream

Blend all ingredients with mixer on medium setting until mixture has a mousse like consistency

Top warm brownie with whipped cream

Don’ts that I did and a few tips and tricks

  • Don’t be afraid to beat your eggs. The perfect brownie starts with eggs that have been well beaten.
  • If you’re an edge person or a middle gooey person these brownies have something for everyone. Don’t over bake your brownies to get that perfect edge. It will happen if you follow the instructions. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than a hard overcooked brownie.
  • The brownies are amazing with or without the whipped cream. I preferred them without, but the kids liked them with. Feel free to skip that step and maybe add a little vanilla ice cream instead. YUM!
  • Cut the brownies when they are warm, but don’t be discouraged if your cuts aren’t perfect. Brownies are surprisingly hard to cut. It helps to wipe your knife in between each cut, but isn’t necessary.
  • Store brownies in tupperware and heat them up for about 10 seconds in the microwave if you enjoy them later. They are also delicious at room temperature.
  • ENJOY!
Introduction

Mae Bakes and… Blogs

Hello! My name is Mae and I am not a baker, but I am becoming one. This blog is dedicated to my new passion in baking. Before I start diving into all things sweet here’s a little more about me.

I live in Austin Texas and work full time. I’m a mom of 2 boys ages 10 and 5. When I’m not working or chasing boys you’ll find me in the gym or outside enjoying Austin’s beautiful weather. I’m into reading, art, photography, trying new restaurants and recently BAKING.

I am by far not very experienced in the kitchen. I recently started baking as a way to spend my time with my oldest son. I find myself googling most of the directions or ingredients in recipes just to get a handle on what I’m doing. I’m constantly learning new things about baking and can get a little overwhelmed and stressed in the kitchen.

So why did I decide to keep baking and then also blog about it?

Because I baked a cake. Yep. It took one cake from scratch and I was hooked. Not only did the cake taste amazing, but I had an amazing time making it. I found out that I was actually a pretty decent baker and wanted to share my baking adventures. All of it. The good bakes and bad bakes. The perfect pies and over baked cakes and everything in between. I’ll also share all of my recipes including tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way.

I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe some day enjoy one of my bakes. Until then, let’s bake! -Mae

The Cake that started it all…