It’s October, I’ve survived another September and all the melancholy that September brings. October for myself is usually the first step of healing and new beginnings. It also means that Christmas is almost here.
For October for me means sweater weather, movies, being able to drink hot tea again, watching the world change from green to orange and reds, and baking. I love to bake.
I loved school as a child. I was homeschooled and loved the way Mother helped us learn. I hate math, and I’m not very good at math. When I got to help Mother bake or cook it was fun. Mother caught on to this and suddenly fraction lessons were baking lessons. I was thrilled.
So recently I had a hankering for brownies. We’ve all been there. You are just going through your Saturday and suddenly bang out of nowhere you are in the mood to make brownies. Of course, the next step is to make brownies.
Which is what I did… I made brownies!!!
I am an experimental baker. I am always trying to make the next best brownies However with a loved one with a special diet makes my experimenting limited. Sometimes its a bust and sometimes I knock it out of the park. This is what happened with this batch of brownies.
Let me preface this, that I also used a box mix for the brownies. I know all my secrets are being revealed. It takes a lot less time and a lot fewer dishes.
So this batch of brownies I did 2 things I don’t usually do. I had an orange on hand so I zested that and then I squeezed in the juice of the orange. I also chopped up a bakers chocolate square and added that to my recipe.
Here is my recipe.
Box of Brownie Mix( Your Favorite)
2 eggs(according to the box)
⅓ cup of water (according to the box)
¼ cup of oil (according to the box)
1 oz of semisweet chocolate coarsely chopped.
1 cup of dark chocolate chunks
3 tablespoons of coffee( I had instant granules in my cupboard so I just heated up ¼ of water and dissolved 3 tablespoons of coffee into the water)
Juice of an orange, and zest of an orange. Probably 1 teaspoon of zest, and a ⅛ cup of juice. or 2 tablespoons of juice)
Mix everything in the bright green bowl (or whatever color bowl you have. Mine are green) I started with the zest, juice, and coffee. Because they require another dish or tool. Add brownie mix, eggs, water, oil, and whisk until combined. Make sure you get the bottom of the bowl. And then switch to a wooden spoon. Add in the chocolates and spread into a pan. I used my trusty 13×9 cake pan but whatever you want to use. I sprayed my pan with lots of nonstick cooking spray. I did not want them to stick!!!! Then I put them in the oven for 23 minutes again according to what was on the box. Let them cool or don’t but don’t say I didn’t warn you!!!
My favorite part of these brownies is usually the big chunks of chocolate and to my surprise, they disappeared. However, the flavor of these brownies is perfect, rich and chocolatey. A little coffee and orange mingle together and create a delicious taste.
Jman loved them!!! Which brought up something I never knew about Jman. He likes orange and chocolate!!!. I didn’t know that and neither did he.
Enjoy the baking season, October and making new discoveries!!!!
What’s your favorite thing to bake?
Matthew 5: 3-10
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,[a]
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,[b]
for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.