I knew Valentine's Day was coming up, and although I'm not hugely into v-day, I thought I'd make Sergio a gift for the occasion.
My brownie recipe is based on this one, from Kraft Foods.
First, I measured out all the ingredients:
4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate (all I had was 65% dark)
2 cups of sugar (I thought this was a ridiculous amount and I wasn't using unsweetened chocolate so I took out about 3/4 of a cup of it)
1 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla (I used vanilla bean)
3/4 cup of butter
My plan was to make a less sweet brownie, and then cut up peices of Mars bars and spread them all throughout the brownies. Except MG is out of Mars bars, so I had to replace them with a less quality, cheaper version we have called Bar One.
Also through the baking process, I had to stay on top of my emails because I had left work a little bit early. (I know, the horror!!! But it's a Saturday!!!!)
Anyway, good quality dark chocolate does not mix well with a fake Mars bar. So I changed my mind and added some chunks of dark chocolate into the batter.
And again, another a side note. I hate dishes. And I have one gibbled hand from my little fall. But I didn't want Sergio to know that I was baking, so I nicely stacked the dishes and put them under the sink for the cleaning lady to wash up tomorrow.
And then started the heart shaped cookie cuttering.
There's some good and bad news though. The good news is that cutting the brownies gives you plenty of scraps to eat!! The bad news? There are plenty of scraps for you to eat! I went a bit overboard and ended up with a stomach ache. Ick.
Sergio & I had our Valentine's Day exchange today, since we're both crazy busy tomorrow and work all day. Also, I wanted him to have these to have something to have as a dessert on a Sunday.
Happy Valentine's Day!!!