Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl with Beer Brownies to think about for Feb. 14th

Watching the Super Bowl this year was super fun.  When I went to the address I was invited to and walked out of the elevator, the hallway had exactly the kind of look I expected to see everywhere in New York.  Modern and clean but still something old world about it too.  The Hostess was about the most wonderful person you would want to meet.  Laid back, warm, with an understated elegance that calms the nervous system and makes everyone feel so happy to be there.  She put out a beautiful buffet with brownies that had beer in them to enhance the flavor.

You have to love anyone who puts beer in their Super Bowl brownies.  It shows thoughtfulness, amusement, and creativity.  To top the night off, NY won so everyone was excited.  But it was the joy in that home and the little details that I'll always remember.

To make your own experimental brownies, here is a version that is heart friendly, vegan friendly and very simple.  If you want to try adding 1/4 -1/2 C beer, I suggest using dry sweetener and perhaps take out the baking soda.  The fizz in the beer ought to give enough rise. 

Brilliant Brownies

This version is low in cholesterol and fat typically associated with rich chocolaty brownies.

3/4 C. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
3/4 C. Unbleached White Flour
1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
1 1/4 tsp. Baking powder
1/4 tsp. Baking soda
3/4 C. good quality cocoa powder

1/2 C. Safflower or Rice Bran oil
3/4 C. maple syrup
1/4 C. barley malt
1/4 C. water
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract

Oil an 8” square brownie pan.  Preheat oven to 350°.  Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl.  Add the wet to the dry and mix thoroughly without overmixing.  Pour batter into the oiled baking dish and even out the batter in the pan.  Bake for 15-18 minutes. The top will crack but it’s a brownie it is supposed to be moist and not like a cake so don’t go doing the knife test and leaving it in the oven too long.  Allow to cool and then place in fridge for a few hours before cutting.

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