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Birthday Dinner, Part VII and Fudgey Brownies

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The secret lavishness of everyday life.

We all look forward to special events with high expectations. Weddings, anniversaries, and graduations are anticipated for months in advance. Sometimes the actual event meets our hopes, sometimes not.

But what about all the times in between. Are our everyday lives fated to a non-stop “ho-hum” or, worse, the dreaded unpleasant surprise? Or does everyday life occasionally sneak in a profound moment or revelation or treat? The three scenes in Birthday Dinner, Part VII are each in their own way examples of such secret lavishness bestowed on the everyday lives of first Becca, then Zach, then the two of them together.

These Fudgey Brownies just might fall into that same category. You might think it’s a ho-hum brownie on a ho-hum normal day, but once in a while everyday life will sneak in a little treat. See what you think (and feel free to pretend I didn’t give away the secret!).

brownie bite

Fudgey Brownies

5 Tablespoons unsalted butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or any other candy

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 7x5x1.5 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a microwave safe bowl, add the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Microwave in 20 second increments, stirring after each time, until butter is completely melted. (I only had to microwave my mixture for 40 seconds total.) Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.

brownie batter before egg{Brownie batter before adding the egg. It’s a little grainy.}

After the mixture has cooled, stir in the vanilla extract. Next, add the egg and beat until it is fully incorporated. Add the flour and mix until just combined, careful not to over mix. Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips (or candy of your choosing).

brownie batter after egg{Brownie batter after adding the egg. Velvety smooth and shiny!}

Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 24-26 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center only comes out with a few crumbs and the batter no longer looks liquidy. Cool in pan completely before cutting into brownies.

Makes 6 brownies.

baked brownie

{Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction}

Birthday Dinner cover

Birthday Dinner, Part VII, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Birthday Dinner, Part VII, text © Jeffrey Anderson

To download the entire novel in the format of your choosing for $1.99 (and provide support for my writing), go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/298240.

Enjoy!

About Elaine

http://cooking2perfection.blogspot.com/

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