Thursday, September 1, 2011

Classic Fudge Walnut Brownies

I can't wait for baking season!  So I'm off to an early start!!!

3/4 c flour
1 c sugar
3/4 c unsweetened cocoa
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 c bittersweet chocolate chunks, divided
1/3 c milk
6 T butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c chopped walnuts, divided
Cooking spray

1.  Preheat oven to 350

2.  Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, brown sugar, baking powder in a large bowl.

3.  Combine 1/2 cup chocolate and milk in a microwave safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds.

4.  Stir in butter, vanilla, and eggs.

5.  Add milk mixture, 1/2 cup chocolate and 1/4 cup nuts to flour mixture; stir to combine.

6.  Pour batter into a 9-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray.

7.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup nuts.

8.  Bake at 350 for 19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging.

9.  Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

Speedy Skillet Pork Stir Fry

Need a quick and tasty dinner?  Here ya go!

1 T vegetable oil
1/4 pound pork cut into 1/8 inch strips (I just use thinly sliced pork chops)
2 packages pork flavor ramen noodle mix
1 1/2 c water
1 T chopped parsley, or 2 tsp parsley flakes
1 T soy sauce
1 c broccoli flowerets
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
4 medium green onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
*Optional:  Add any veggies you like such as zucchini, carrots, and mushrooms!

1.  Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add pork; stir-fry about 5 minutes or until pork is slightly pink.

2.  Gently break apart blocks of noodles.  Stir noodles, contents of seasoning packets, and remaining ingredients into pork.

3.  Heat to boiling.  Boil 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until noodles are completely softened.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Need a new after-school-snack to start off the new school year?  They'll come running through the door when they smell these!!!!

1 1/4 c flour
1 c sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 c creamy peanut butter
1/4 c butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 T milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 - 4 Peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt stirring well with a whisk.
Combine peanut butter, butter, milk, vanilla, and eggs.  Stir well.
Combine peanut butter mixture to flour mixture.  Add chocolate chips and stir well.
Scrape batter into 9 inch square baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray.
Arrange peanut butter cups over batter.
Bake @ 350 for 19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging.
Cool in pan on wire rack.