I really enjoyed both the book and the movie Julie & Julia and was inspired to embark on a similar adventure with my book. I'm hoping to spend most weekends this year baking one recipe from this book and I'll share my adventures.
The first recipe in the book is titled "Forever Brownies" and if you're anything like me, a recipe that has three different kinds of chocolate in it can't be bad. Only having experienced baking boxed brownies, the list of ingredients was a little daunting - 3 different chocolates and 2 kinds of flour plus all the other ingredients - where did Ms. Yockelson come up with this?
Confession #1 - I do not own a sifter. Instead of sifting twice onto waxed paper like the recipe calls for (also do not currently have waxed paper on hand), I put all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and stirred really good with a whisk. Hopefully that's sufficient...
Next came all of the melting (butter and chocolate, separate in the picture below - turns out this is fantastically luscious looking mixture when completely combined - and mixing.
Eggs were gently stirred, then combined with sugar. Confession #2 - I do not have superfine sugar in the house - also required by the recipe - hopefully standard issue will do.
Melted chocolate and butter were added, then the dry ingredients and voila, batter complete - note chocolate on mixer - my had to have after wedding from our Kohl's registry is no longer countertop art.
I was so excited after I got this into the pan that I forgot to take a picture before I put it in the oven. (The pan was purchased yesterday at Marshall's for $4.99, there will probably be several more of these kinds of purchases this year, since I also don't own a bundt pan and other things I'm sure extra fancy baking requires.) I did taste test before these went in the oven and the batter is absolutely to die for. Nothing like the watery stuff you get when you make brownies from a box. It's velvety, chocolatey, and just sweet enough. If it was whipped more it would be a delightful mousse, except for the raw eggs anyway...
The brownies are now out of the oven and cooling on the rack before heading to the refrigerator for four hours. It's going to be torture to wait to taste them, that's for sure, but I'm sure worth every second.
Next up... "A Noble Marzipan Cake" This is terrifying since I have no idea where I might find marzipan, let alone good marzipan in the Upstate of SC. If anyone has ideas, please let me know :)