reverb 10: making more than sweet stuff

December 6 – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)

Because our internet went out last night, the last thing I "made" was the brownies I baked and though they weren't as thick or fluffy as I wanted them to be, they were yummy. It was the first time I made brownies not out of a box so I was pretty impressed with my efforts and when I make them again, I will use a better pan and fold the flower in more slowly. I've been wanting to bake more, cook more, actively create tastes. I love mixing things together and waiting for the finished product. I love how both precise and somehow feeling cooking is. So what I make when I cook is more than just a meal. There's something intangible and magical about it.

For my brownies, I used the following ingredients:

1/3 cup butter or margarine
3 sections (1/2 oz. each) HERSHEY'S Unsweetened Chocolate Baking Bar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/3 cups (8-oz. pkg.) HEATH Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom of 8-inch square baking pan.

2. Melt butter and chocolate in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to chocolate mixture, stirring until well blended. Spread batter in prepared pan.

3. Bake 20 minutes or until brownie begin to pull away from sides of pan. Remove from oven; sprinkle with toffee bits. Cover tightly with foil. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Remove foil; cut into squares.

Next, I want to try a pie. I only wish I didn't make such a mess when I bake.