Bits and Brownies

What Makes a Woman?

Good question and terrific article in the NYT Sunday Review by Ms. Elinor Burkett, commenting about the outstanding Mr. Bruce Jenner transformation in to Ms. Caitlyn Jenner.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/opinion/sunday/what-makes-a-woman
Ms. Burkett, very elegantly and eloquently exposes many notions I have been pondering about and wanting to put down on paper myself, but I have not being able to properly articulate.

What I’ll do instead is urge you to read the article and with enthusiasm welcome Ms. Jenner
to the alluring but somewhat complicated world of women.  A world made not only of pretty nail polish, tight spanx and never ending styles of uncomfortable shoes created to torture large and small feet, but also a world of tired women forced to pump milk in public bathrooms due to the lack of adequate maternity leave, a world of no equal pay and no equal employment opportunity,
a world that most of the times demands to grow a pair in order to fashionably survive in.
Thankfully I hear Caitlyn has kept all her necessary bits in place.

I also want to warn and urge Ms. Jenner, in the likely event the corset shall becomes too tight,
or a bad hair day should strike, the stache start to show, or God forbid, 6 months from now,  shall she wake up to be, not on the beautifully and immaculately styled cover of Vanity Fair but back on the less flattering front of the Enquirer, to instantaneously invite the girls over for a “cook and bitch session”, and share with them her newly acquired womanly sorrows and my gooey, out of this world chocolate brownies. They are known to put a stop to all sorts of dramas, put some hair on the chest  and cure the blues every time.  Smartly us women know, sugar and spices is what we are made of.

chocbrownies

Chocolate Brownies
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
48 squares 20
Cook Time
25
Servings Prep Time
48 squares 20
Cook Time
25
Chocolate Brownies
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
48 squares 20
Cook Time
25
Servings Prep Time
48 squares 20
Cook Time
25
Ingredients
  • 375 g Butter
  • 375 g dark chocolate
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 500 g sugar
  • 225 g all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Servings: squares
Units:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 350 F and line the base and sides of a 13 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Put the chocolate and the butter in to a metal bowl and place it on a pot of simmering water, making sure the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl. Melt the chocolate and the butter slowly mixing from time to time with a rubber spatula. Careful not to get water in to the bowl. Set aside to cool off.
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar well with the aid of a kitchen aid. I like to use a rubber spatula attachment. Add the vanilla extract. Slowly add the chocolate and butter. Fold in the flour, cocoa powder and salt by hand making sure to incorporate all and mix gently until uniform in color.
  4. Pour in to the lined baking pan and cook in the oven for 25 minutes. The center should be still a little soft and gooey. Place on a rack to cool off. Cut in 48 squares.
Recipe Notes

You can add walnuts, coconuts, dried cherry hazelnuts, white chocolate chips, butterscotch , a shot of espresso, a hot of  rum, or even half a glass of red wine! YUM YUM YUM

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