And I had guests to impress in a few short hours and I needed a cake that was not just pretty but that actually tasted good. Important guests, too. My college friend Tanji and her husband Roger were coming for a visit from North Carolina. We hadn't seen each other in a decade, and were only recently reunited through this blog. This blog-the one that claims to have scandalously good food. How could I impress my impressive friend with a beautiful and bitter tragi-cake?
Beginning again was the solution. This time I was lightening fast, making the brownies my way-melting in the microwave, using only one mixing bowl. Admittedly, they came out of the pan not quite as pretty, but the crumb was tender and sugary. After a coating of salty nuts and gooey caramel, I was confident that the dessert would hit the bullseye I was aiming for. And it was completely sweet, both the brownies and the reunion of old friends.
For the complete recipe, click here. For my penny pinching friends, this recipe costs about $7.00-if you make it right the first time. Be sure to stock up on baking chocolate and buy a nice fat jar of salted nuts when on sale.
Since Tanji was coming, I finally had the motivation to get my mantle decorated for Fall. Maybe she should come back just before Christmas....Coming Tomorrow:
Soft Whole Wheat Pretzels with Honey Mustard