|Finished Product - Vegan Bleached Blonde Brownies|
Now, let's get on to the real deal here THE BROWNIES!
Okay. What makes these brownies 'Bleached Blonde'? Well, let's look, shall we? I'm clearing out the cholesterol.. y'know what that is, right? That stuff that clogs up arteries, gives people heart attacks.. etc. Heart problems run in my family and took my grandma Grein from me.. so cholesterol is personally not my friend. I'd love to be posting something here that grandma just told me while I was chit chatting with her live self on the phone, but I cannot do that. So - killing the cholesterol in all food is my goal, and it is part of what 'bleached' means. The second part? I'm not putting chocolate chips in these. #1 because chocolate gives mommy a headache, and we can't have that.. and #2 because - haha.. top her off.. it looks like my neicage weisage before she went Grover on me! The tops of these brownies are covered in vegan white chocolate (literally created from scratch here because it's almost impossible to FIND vegan white chocolate locally) gives them a nice head of bleached blonde on top of the already blonde they are... kinda like yours truly. ;)
So, this is where the prep starts.
So, now that I've got it ready it's time to roll. I open the deck door and the furkids scatter - all except Bella who's my usual cat-chef watcheroverer.. Pull out the mixer, the measuring cups and spoons and I check my ingredients. Start to mix and here we go. So when the mixture was done it was superde duper fluffy. I had to add water to make it spreadable, actually... all part of making a new recipe I guess.
I've changed the time in the oven as well at this point... not much but 20-25 mins is really written for a recipe with eggs... since this kid doesn't have eggs, we don't need that.
|It's all whipped up and in the pan now!|
Now, let me tell you, it's August 21 so it's HOT outside... I had cocoa butter chips (white chocolate spread for the top) in a double boiler ready to go once i got the brownies out of the oven.. I didn't even have to start the stovetop -lol, they melted on their own! (I live in this, guys.. I live in this! I have no central air!)
|Cocoa Butter disks melting as I shoot!|
|Right outta the oven..see my knifed in 'check' spots?|
So, upon making changes to my original 'changed' recipe, I started saving the 'finished' recipes in a locked diary online, because I noticed my actual diary which I use for cooking is starting to become a bit 'loved' already - lol, and this is only my first recipe! Live and learn.
So - you're dying to know, right?
How did they taste?
Well "I" personally have had blonde brownies before - now I dunno if I had the Toll House kind but I'll try and compare best as I can. They didn't have the 'exact' taste of blonde brownies to me, and it may be because I remember blondies tasting a bit like butterscotch. (mommy, help me out here - did you put butterscotch chips in yours?) This could be rectified i'm sure if you like that butterscotch taste by adding a bit of butterscotch flavoring. They were very moist.. I'll give em that. They had the faint taste of the 'buttery stix' (Which I'm accustomed to, but not everyone is - this is why I want to attempt to make my own 'butter' for the next baking venture). The white chocolate topping - this is where it's wild, tasted just like un-vegan white chocolate.. which pleases me because this was all by hand - defatting the cocoa butter and adding to it to make it taste right. These aren't 'difficult' tasks, but not things just anyone can do. I am impressed. They were good - however, I'm still partial to the ol chocolate brownie. But these work for what they're needed for! :)
|Happy Birthday Mommy!|
And I am EXHAUSTED... so I might just go to sleep!
So, all that being said:
Hunting for next weekends recipe made me a little teary eyed. I have grandma's Edge Scott Fire House cookbook apparently and not my own. I found two recipes of mine which she had written down in them. Spinach Lasagna and Tofu Pumpkin Pie. <3 I wish grandma were here - she ALWAYS tried everything I made. (And she must have liked those two!)
Anyhoo - Next Week I'm thinking something kinda quick.. regardless it won't be 'too quick' because it's got preparation - but the issue here is that I'm spending all day Saturday with mommy and the sister canning tomato juice so I have to see what I can prepare. Tons of fresh veggies out there - I'm actually thinking 'beef' stew - because I'm craving it! Keep 'er posted here - by Friday you should know what it is I'm gonna make (that is if I'm not at a 'you pick it' farm with my mother).
Music Enjoyed while cooking and writing this blog:
Sneaker Pimps - 6 underground: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrvk1bmTayg
Lamb - Angelica: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIX8cqbmK5s
Tango Jointz - Tango Que Misterio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoLIWj4Oo0o
Bitter Sweet - Trouble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBECqpxLvGA
Waldeck - Floater: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBQivMKS5rc
Enigma - almost full moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUbNYBe3Vas
Helen Jane Long - Echo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYoXd-c9drQ
Chance's End - Diamond In Disguise: http://old.thesixtyone.com/s/L5wsvaorNVT/
Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle - A Whole New World (Aladdin): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9RFRhRWv4s
Billy Joel - Why Should I Worry (Oliver and Company): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuUQmkAzSZE
Phil Collins & N'Sync - Trashin' The Camp (Tarzan) - I was mixin' tea herbs to this one for my office tea pot - I was groovin' it was epic. ;): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYDskTSBNOs
Julie Andrews - Do Re Me (The Sound Of Music) - This one Bella got seranaded to - she was the only one not on the deck.. giving me moral support.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dpGmAc3kMk
Supreme Beings Of Leisure - Angelhead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvQ9M0auMlc
Moby - Extreme Ways: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOuPqeHXMzQ
DJ Krush & Deborah Anderson - Skin Against Skin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNjAeVw4PEU
Tosca - Jo Si Ha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLtNCroCYc0
Tegan & Sara - Floorplan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90vsnUcPkrA
Goldfrapp- Fly Me Away (Goldfrapp makes my blonde brownies gooey. <3): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHXRUlI9Ksg
Metric - White Gold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATql79c0FXE
Ladytron - International Dateline: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaO3AXaiTIc
Fiona Apple - Criminal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFOzayDpWoI
Sneaker Pimps - Blue Movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynisWVLokLo
Azure Ray - New Resolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G6V2Wo3t5U
Telepopmusik - Breathe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdUpxch4F8M
Sarah Brightman - La Lune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LIQ7UM8cv4
Celine Dion - Beauty and The Beast (Beauty and The Beast): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n_5xo9YpmQ
The Sound Of Music - So Long, Farewell (The Sound Of Music): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJjBvK_2Wjo
Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'ole - Over the Rainbow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMnDcA0seBA
Matthew Wilder & David Zippel - I'll Make A Man Out Of You (Mulan): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSS5dEeMX64
Dario Marianelli - Dawn (Pride and Prejudice): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMtTJuVH28U
Current Craving: Beef Stew
Current Motivation: My Mommy <3 Happy Birthday!
|Mom emjoying her birthday blondies.. and me|