Monday, March 23, 2020

Got Peanut Butter? Day 6

As we came to day 6, I was back in the kitchen thinking about recipes I have loved, but don't make very often, since there are only 2 of us in the house.  For some reason, peanut butter was on my mind, and since there are no pistachios for me to make pistachio shortbread, and chocolate was also calling my name  so, Peanut Butter Brownies were made.  These are pretty much pantry brownies, made in the saucepan and they are sinful.  Buon appetito!

Peanut Butter Brownies
Makes about 16 squares

1 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, coat the inside of a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and chocolate.  Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is melted.  (You can also microwave the butter and chocolate for 2 minutes until the chocolate is melted)
  3. Stir in the eggs, until combined. 
  4. Add the flour, and stir to blend, until the flour disappears in the mixture.  
  5. Pour into the prepared pan, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out with a few crumbs attached.  Cool completely.  

For the Frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups confectioners' sugar
few tablespoons milk or water

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and peanut butter.  
  2. Add the sugar, and beat until a creamy consistency, adding some milk or water to thin if necessary.  
  3. Frost the cooled brownies, cut into squares are serve.  
  4. The brownies will keep refrigerated for up to 4 days, or frozen for up to 1 week.  

Sugar, chocolate, and butter (I microwaved on high for 2 minutes)

Baked brownies

Frosting!  Make sure to lick the bowl😉

Dr. C. came in from a motorcycle ride and found a great snack
So it's day 8 today for us.  Last night we ordered Vietnamese food from one of our favorite local places. It's important for us to support local restaurants and businesses because we want them here when this is over. 
As we were eating, I thought how different this self-isolation would have been 30 years ago, with no internet, Amazon, or technology.  We'd be re-reading books, we'd be doing puzzles, playing board games, and probably writing the great American novel.  Today I think I'll try my hand at making surgical masks--check out Joann fabrics, there is a great tutorial---if I can find some interfacing, I'm in business.
Remember, stay safe and stay home.  

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