Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Snowy Brownies

Brownies top the favorites list for three of the five members of our family.  However, we do not like them frosted nor do we like them cakey.  Our brownies must be dense and fudgey and heavily dusted with confectioner's sugar.   This recipe is adapted from the side of the Nestle Toll House Cocoa Powder Box .  We made it fudgier by adding Hershey's syrup,  yummier by adding chocolate chips and prettier by dusting them with snowy sugar.  We like to call them Snowy Brownies.  

1 2/3 cups white sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
2. Tbsp. water
2 eggs, room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup Hershey's Special Dark Syrup
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350.
2.  Spray 9x13 pan with baking spray.
3.  In a medium bowl, melt butter in microwave.
4.  Stir in sugar and water.
5.  Add eggs, vanilla and syrup.  Stir until well combined.
6.  Add cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips.
7.  Stir well but do not over mix batter.
8.  Pour into pan and bake for 25 minutes.
9.  Allow to cool before dusting with powdered sugar.   


Friday, July 8, 2011

Bacon Fried Rice

So my son comes home from his best friend's house proclaiming the utter deliciousness of the meal he ate while there.  Bacon fried rice!  I was intrigued but let it go.  I've never made fried rice of any kind so why start now?  But my son continued to bring it up here and there - he is a lover of bacon -  so I finally asked Mrs. R. for the recipe as she stood in my entryway last evening, picking up her son from our house.

As she related her recipe in her lovely Filipino tones, I mentally checked off each item that I already had in my pantry.  The only missing ingredient was Johnny Salt which she adds.  I simply improvised after checking its mystery ingredients on line.

Just before the power went out in a lightning storm, I threw together this easy and - yes - utterly delicious bacony meal.  Although my son said it wasn't the same as Mrs. R's he gave it two thumbs way up.  In fact, there were no leftovers to share with Dad when he got home!  

4 cups cooked rice ( I used white)
4 slices bacon, chopped
4 green onions, sliced
1 carrot, grated
2 eggs
dashes of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper
soy sauce to taste

1.  Steam rice.
2.  In a large saucepan render bacon until crispy.  Remove to drain and pour off most of the fat leaving some in the pan to sauté veggies.
3.  Sauté onions and carrots, stirring constantly for one minute.  
4.  Add eggs and stir quickly with veggies until eggs are cooked.
5.  Stir in rice, seasonings and soy sauce.
6.  Add bacon and serve. 
 Linking here this weekend:

Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday 

 Fresh Food Friday  @ la bella vita

Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now 
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence

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