Monday, August 27, 2012

Hurricane Survival Brownies

You may have heard there's a storm a-brewn' out in the Gulf of Mexico. I live in the Southeast corner of Alabama, just over an hour from the Florida coast. Hurricanes are pretty much a fact of life around here. We track them, keep a stash of batteries and bottled water on hand, and reminisce about Camille, Opal, and Katrina every time a hurricane starts making it's way toward us. The only good thing about a hurricane headed your way, (if there is such a thing) is that you get plenty of warning that it's coming. This gives us time to batten down the hatches and make plans to make due with possible power outages, road closings, etc for a period of time. I've shared with you here how my mother always whips up a batch of emergency cookies/brownies whenever a hurricane is headed our way. This morning I decided I needed to make some brownies, "just in case". In case of what, I'm not sure. Possible baked good deprivation, I guess! I called my mom to make sure they were prepared to ride out the weather and mentioned that I'd just made a batch of brownies. She informed me that she had just pulled a batch of brownies out of the oven as well and had them cooling on the counter. So yes, we're all prepared for Isaac.
This is probably my favorite brownie recipe. It's rich and fudge-like. Topped with the peanut butter frosting they are down right addictive! These brownies are fantastic whether or not a hurricane is headed your way. So don't wait for emergency weather to whip up a batch.

I've got my hurricane survival kit all ready to go!

Best Cocoa Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting
Printable Recipe

Source: Epicurious  | November 2003
Alice Medrich (adapted)

10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cold large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325°F. Line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides.
Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, espresso powder, and salt in a medium heatproof bowl and set the bowl in a wide skillet of barely simmering water. Stir from time to time until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth and hot to the touch. Remove the bowl from the skillet and set aside briefly until the mixture is only warm, not hot.
Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour and stir until incorporated, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula. Stir in the chocolate chips, if using. Spread evenly in the lined pan.
Bake until a toothpick plunged into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack.
Spread peanut butter icing over the top of the brownies.
Lift up the ends of the parchment or foil liner, and transfer the brownies to a cutting board. squares.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup peanut butter
3 ounces cream cheese
3 tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/3 cups confectioner's sugar

In a mixing bowl, mix peanut butter, cream cheese,a and butter together until smooth. Mix in confections sugar, milk, and vanilla. Mix until smooth adding more milk  if necessary.

If I have to evacuate, I'm taking the brownies!


Rachael xx said...

Oh peanut butter frosting and brownies..yes please! That sounds delish :). Hope the weather doesnt't get too scary!

Rachael xx.

Anonymous said...

How funny -- I baked my hurricane brownies last night, too and I'm down here in the southwest corner of Alabama (Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay). I was just sitting here chatting with my husband and mentioned that we forgot to pick up batteries at the grocery this afternoon. He reminded me we bought a generator yesterday -- oh, yeah! :)

Hope you have an uneventful storm and don't get too bored!


Half Baked said...

I'm glad to know we're not the only ones that need baked goods to make it through hurricane season! Thankfully this one was uneventful for us! But it was a great excuse to make a batch of brownies. haha

Clean Diva said...

I may not live in a hurricane prone area but I am an insurance broker so trust me when I say I need baked goods to get through too!

And these look perfect.

Erin -

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray said...

Haha, I love that you took a picture of the brownies *with* the batteries and bottled water. Totally stocked for an emergency! :)

Stephanie said...

I can think of all kinds of emergencies that these brownies would be necessary for! (the peanut butter frosting on top sounds completely AMAZING!)

grace said...

it's that peanut butter frosting that caught my eye and kept my attention--what a terrific topping!

Bob said...

Looks so delicious! Hope everything's OK down there.

Vernita said...

What size pan did you bake these amazing looking brownies in?

Half Baked said...

Hi Vernita
I used an 8x8 inch baking pan for these. Sorry I left that out of the instructions!

Vernita said...

Thanks! I made these and my Bible study group did not leave even one crumb! So good! This one goes in my rotation.