I needed to bake two bars for Marshall's grandparent's 60th anniversary celebration and this was one of the ones I picked. I was more then happy to bake something because I still have so many recipes to try in my book.
I've made a lot of brownies and just looking at this recipe I wasn't too sure that it would be the type that I like (soft, chewy and very chocolatey!) but I was wrong, they are so tasty! And yes, SOO fudgy! I think the key is to not over bake, if you do that well there goes the fudgy part! I added some icing sugar to the top to add a little more excitement.
4 oz. chocolate
1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tbsp butter
Heat oven to 350.
Grease 13x9'' pan.
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring contently until smooth. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine sugar, vanilla and eggs; beat until light and fluffy. Add flour, salt and chocolate mixture; blend well.
Spread in greased pan.
Bake for 30-38 minutes. DO NOT OVER-BAKE!
Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled.
In a small saucepan, melt glaze ingredients over low heat, stir contently until smooth.
Wow, you really brought your A game last week! I wanted to pick everything, so tasty!!! Here's a little sneak peak of some yummy cupcakes I'll be posting about soon, but now on to the pick of the week!
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We stayed the night just outside of San Francisco.
I know, this shot is super bad, but I sort of like it. I was driving and Marshall was just in ow of the hillside and all the vineyards we were seeing. He was trying to take pictures as well as he could but we got a new DSLR literally hours before we went on the road so we really didn't have a lot of time to learn how to use it.
Some friends of ours when they heard we were taking a road trip to California told us we had to go not only to the Redwood Forest but to Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve. Our friends uncle lives down there and took them there when they took a similar trip to ours and they were just blown away.
I've heard that it's a lot more amazing then the touristy more traveled to parks because it's in a valley and it used to be a lake so all that sediment really made the soil rich there and the trees have been left alone to just grow and grow.
Marshall and I spent two hours walking and hiking around in this reserve. We didn't talk too much we were just too in ow and speechless; you just don't see stuff like this every day (well I don't at least) and it's just amazing what God had made and what can happen and how things can grow if we just leave it all alone.
The way to get here is a little confusing and out of the way (there are no signs) if you've never been here before and we actually drove right past all the turn offs and into the next nearest town (19 miles ahead). He stopped to get gas and the man in front of me saw my plates and started asking me about Manitoba. He was the hippy type and I loved it. I love it when people just talk to you out of the blue like that and just to talk, and be friendly, not to get anything out of it.
So we were talking and I was telling him about why we were down there and what we were all doing. He said we had to go to Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve (not in the so many words but he explained it to a tee and I knew we were talking about the same place) and that it was just "SOO epic!". I got him to explain it to me again and we got our directions all sorted. As we were just finishing up and getting ready to get back on the road he asked "Do you guys smoke the herbal because I would be more then happy to give you some for your trip". I've never down drugs before, not even weed, so that sort of stuff usually catches me off guard but I just felt this total hospitality from this guy, like he would have given me the shirt off his back if I asked for it. I said no thank you but I really enjoyed meeting him. There's a lot of very nice people in that area!
If you are wanting to head this way here's the great instructions that we got:
If you are traveling up Highway 1 along the coast, you will need to turn inland on Comptche Ukiah Road and travel East about 30 miles to Montgomery Woods.
If you are headed north on Highway 101, you will exit in Ukiah and take Orrs Spring Road West for 13 miles to the park.
If you are traveling north from San Francisco, I recommend you take Highway 101 to Ukiah and then use Orrs Spring/Comptche Road to get to the coast. That road will deposit them on the coast just south of the beautiful town of Mendocino.
(We went with the last option and it worked out really well. We took the road all the way from the town to the forest reserve and then to the coast. It was a lot of slow winding driving so be ready for that but believe me it's so worth it!)