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Butterscotch Brownies, oh my!

Need a pick me up? Well today, I sure did. As usual I turned to my loyal pantry to provide one. Last night I opened a bag of tollhouse butterscotch flavored morsels to taste one and put the rest in ziplock bags for when I felt like making cookies. When the yummy smell came pouring out of the pantry doors today, I just had to make something with them. The recipe on the bag seemed tempting enough so I used that. It was super quick, easy to follow and definitely appeased my sweet tooth… for today. Want to try it?

Butterscotch Brownies
(AKA well worth it brownies)
Prep time: 12 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 dozen brownies
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups (11 oz. package) Nestle® Tollhouse® Butterscotch Flavored Morsels (divided)
1 cup chopped nuts (IF desired)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
Beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract until creamy.
Beat in eggs.
Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Stir in 1 cup of morsels, stir in nuts.
Spread into an ungreased 13×9 baking pan
Sprinkle with remaining morsels.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
Test by inserting a wooden pick in the center. If it comes out clean, it’s done.
Let cool in the pan on a wire rack.
That’s all!
Side note: I encountered a slight hitch when I realized I had no brown sugar. Did some research and found out that brown sugar is simply granulated sugar mixed with molasses. This news left me feeling a bit betrayed by the baking product industry haha. So I’m basically never buying the stuff again.
Here’s how to make it:
The ratio is 1 cup granulated sugar : 1 tablespoon molasses
Place your sugar in a larger bowl (you don’t want it escaping the bowl when you mix)
For every 1 cup of granulated sugar you use, add 1 tablespoon of molasses
Mix with a fork initially, then mixer if you like.
It’s that simple!
If you try them, or if you’re outraged by the brown sugar truth leave a comment : )
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Posted by on June 14, 2011 in Recipes

 

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Too Hot In NYC? Then Split!

Waffle Banana Split at Cafeteria

Hey all! Ran into the city today, did some shopping for a few hours and got super hungry. Almost went to Pop Burger, but some scary construction debris fell on the car while we were en route and we took that as a sign haha. Instead, we hopped on the westside highway and ended up in Chelsea. And guess what’s in Chelsea?

Cafeteria! A great eatery that always leaves me wanting more. Why? Well, there are two sides to the Cafeteria coin. On the one hand they serve amazing comfort foods like their mac ‘n’ cheese which is to die for (or at least fight the waiter when he tries to take your plate). You could almost call the place cozy. Then you realize it is so packed with happy tourists and hipster waiters (all of whom add a level of excitement) that you can’t hear yourself making yummy noises. I guess if you think about it, Cafeteria has it all. But don’t take my word for it; check out Cafeteria for yourself. There’s a reason I’ve been there more than once.

This time around, I ordered the waffle banana split up top. She consists of one sturdy Belgian waffle, two caramelized bananas, vanilla and strawberry ice cream, walnuts, chocolate and butterscotch sauce, roasted marshmallows, whipped cream and two cherries on top. She made me smile for a looong time : )

If you get a chance to go, or have been there before. Let me know if you get that warm ‘grandma’s kitchen’ feeling, or that “whoops, should have worn my hipster shades” feeling. Friends of mine have also tried this red velvet cake.

Red Velvet Cake at Cafeteria

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Desserts

 

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