Did you ever have a favorite recipe for something that you make alot because you make it pretty well and you always get compliments on it? I have a couple of things like that, but there are many more things I make that are just okay.
One of my favorite desserts is brownies. However, brownies are numbered among the things that no matter what recipe or package mix I might try the brownies come out only pretty good. Fit to eat, taste like brownies, but not great. You know what I mean? Not bad, but not great either.
I've had sitting in my pantry for quite some time Ghiradelli chocolate chip brownie mix. For some reason yesterday I had a real hankering for some brownies. Out comes the mix I was relieved to find stashed in the back of the pantry. Fortunately, I had enough to mix up a double batch. Now I know what you're thinking. Wow! She really did crave herself some brownies. But consider I have three males to feed and you see that making a double batch is a matter of self defense.
Baking is usually not on my mind when the temperature is nearing 100 degrees and it's all we can do to keep the house cool. But I had to have 'em. Who craves brownies for no reason in the middle of summer?
Anyway, about an hour after I had my craving out come the brownies. Now excuse me for my next statement, but I swear to you it's the truth. This batch of brownies are the best damn brownies I've ever made! No, I'm not ready for the the Food Network, but I swear, they are the perfect consistency, the perfect blend of chocolate-y goodness and those Ghiradelli chocolate chips are scrumptious. In fact, I'm trying to talk myself out of having another one right now and it's damn difficult.
I think this is my brownie moment though. I can't believe I will have two batches of brownies in one life time that taste this good. I mean it's taken me 40 years of baking (give or take) to get this batch of brownies. What are the odds I'll ever have another? So mix or not, I've had my brownie moment. It's been worth the wait for every lucious chocolate mouthful.
Can you even believe I rhapsodized that long about brownies?
I was going to make this a books and brownies post, but I think I'll leave the books for tomorrow. It's not everyday you can say you made the perfect brownie.