Oh.. I did see some of you roll your eyes already! Yes, we’re back. Again. We periodically disappear. You think- we’re back again with some more lame excuses to explain our unannounced absence? Well, to be honest, I have been writing this post for a really long time… err.. in my head! I have been telling myself every day that today will be the day when thoughts are put in words and published. And today, it finally was.
So, has a lot happened? Why did we not write, respond, comment, like posts? Not much has really happened other than the fact that we moved to warm & currently not so sunny Houston! Truth be told we are not great multi-taskers like most of you. We lose focus at the drop of a hat. We resort to going away in a shell when we have too much to handle.
Are you still with me? Yes, this post is about us and probably a little boring as well. Just being a little self indulgent on public forum today. Ok. Fine. We’ll give you some brownies to go with this post. Happy now?
psst.. please excuse the blurry photos- these were taken in cold and snowy Cincinnati when half our stuff was in boxes and also because I could not come up with a better excuse! We trust you know we can do better.
So the blogging hiatus actually started unintentionally with just having a busy December and January, having friends over, flocking away for Christmas to Hocking Hills, having good times, a cup or two or maybe more of hot chocolates, getting snowed in and what not.
The focus then shifted to where what next in life which led to moving to Houston. And when moves happen this happens.
I am sure most of you still wonder with just the two of us, no kids, just an apartment to move, what on earth has kept us away and so busy? While the Mr is busy with his new job, the Mrs has been “Pinterest-ing”. Pinteresting her days away! Looking for ways to do up her new apartment, looking for cool DIY projects, over-researching couch options, going to the same home décor store twice a day in the hope that there might be something new thereby procrastinating writing a post. The lawyer in me was not letting me move on to the next clause of my contract until I had the first one drafted perfectly.
The blogger then interrupted and asked the lawyer to share some Christmas Cake with you along with these updates. But then I thought, maybe there are some rules about serving a Christmas cake in March? So brownies it is.
So while we clear the clutter, dig out your lovely comments from our spam folder (don’t ask me why they land up there in the first place 🙁 ) we will continue sharing the wonderful recipes we’ve been cooking, tell you about our already wonderful Houston food truck experience and more.
So back to brownies for now. These Whole Wheat Brownies were also a result of over-researching recipes and trying a few versions until I got them sort of right. I had been looking for a recipe which makes you feel a little less guilty (i.e. with slightly healthier ingredients and low on butter) and found this combination of ingredients worked well for me. The sugar is something I am still trying to find a good sub for, but until then, please help yourselves to this chocolate-y deliciousness.
Also, would it matter if I told you that these brownies have been tested (minus the coffee), approved & enjoyed by a 15 month old baby?
So here you go:
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup chopped dark chocolate
- 1 cup + 3 tablespoons olive oil (see notes below)
- ½ teaspoon instant coffee powder
- 5 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 5 ½ tablespoons white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- a handful chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease an 8 inch cake pan or an 8 inch glass baking dish.
- In a pan on medium heat, melt the butter and chocolate together with oil and coffee. Allow this to cool.
- Whisk in the sugar.
- Next, add the eggs and vanilla and whisk again.
- Then add in the flour, salt and baking powder. Mix gently with a wooden spatula only until combined.
- Then, fold in the walnuts.
- Bake for about 18 minutes and test with a toothpick or a wooden skewer. If there are only light crumbs then your brownies are ready. Allow them to cool before cutting into them.
I have used extra virgin olive oil as well and the brownies taste as good, so suit yourself!
This post is also not complete without mentioning those who checked on us while we were away, we love you too! And for those who didn’t, we still love you. 🙂