First of all, let me apologize for the lack of blog posts over the past few weeks. I really hate neglecting my blog, it feels like I am starving my third child (yes my blog is like a child to me). We have been away on holiday + Ruby’s busy birthday week = no time to blog!
With that said, my first post after a long hiatus is going to be a recipe!!! I have a delicious recipe to make you rub your tummy and say YUM!
Lil’ Miss Ruby turned 6 a few days ago! To celebrate we invited a few of our neighbors over for a gigantic brownie sundae! Her big party will be this coming Friday (she can’t wait!). I couldn’t make her wait 4 days AFTER her birthday to blow out candles though… which is why I whipped up this tasty treat for the kids! Indeed she got to blow out her candles (all six of them, plus one for good luck)
To fill the long “dish” or as my neighbor called it a trough! I made a batch of brownies.
I actually made two batches, because one of them was sent off with Ruby to school on her birthday. I made these adorable brownies on a stick. I gathered a handful of wooden sticks from… our local coffee shop (free). Once the brownie tray was cool (roughly one hour) I popped it into the freezer for 30 mins. I then cut them into a finger sized pieces and inserted the sticks in the brownies. I then froze them again for 30 mins. The last step is to melt chocolate and adorn the brownies with sprinkles. Place them on a baking tray and refrigerate once complete. If you like, you can also add little bows to the sticks like I did.
So here is my secret classic brownies recipe (for ONE batch)
They are the BEST!
- 1 1/4 cup cake flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate (chopped fine)
- 12 tablespoons (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Optional! 1 cup pecans or walnuts (toasted and chopped course)
- Line a 13×9 inch pan with foil (with extra hanging on sides) and lightly grease with butter
- Preheat oven to 160 C
- Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in bowl
- Melt chocolate and butter in medium heatproof bowl set over a saucepan with barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth
- Off heat, whisk in sugar to chocolate mixture. Add eggs, one at a time until thoroughly combined. Whisk in vanilla
- Add flour mixture using a rubber spatula to fold in until batter is completely smooth
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Spread evenly. If using nuts, sprinkle evenly over batter.
- Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached (30-35 mins)
- Let brownies cool in pan on wire rack
Ingredients and supplies to make sundae:
- Ice cream flavor of your choice (we used Baskin Robbins-Vanilla)
- Whipping cream
- Cherries (jarred)
- Chocolate and/or strawberry sauce
- Ice cream wafers
- Long spoons (if you have any)
- A long plastic drain pipe covered in foil
Buy a piece of gutter or pipe and cover it with foil. You can find this at any hardware store. The one I found was plastic and measured almost 4 feet in length (115 CM).
Now to fill the long dish, I cut up the baked brownies into little cubes. Do this before your guests arrive. Cover with plastic wrap. I also pre-scooped 12 balls of vanilla ice cream on parchment paper and kept them frozen in the freezer. One large tub of ice cream is plenty! You can mix flavors if you prefer!
Once the children arrived I had them gather around our kitchen island. I quickly arranged the ice cream on top of the brownie bites. I then had each child complete a task. They really liked this part! One child was to drizzle chocolate sauce, another strawberry sauce, sprinkles and ice cream wafer cookies. I did the last step which was whipping cream and cherries! And of course the birthday candles!
After Ruby made her birthday wish, I handed out long silver spoons to each of the little guests. I let them dig in! No plates or bowls required! This is the REALLY fun part!
Beware that if you only have a handful of children you might end up with plenty leftover!
In this case, less is more!