Wednesday, December 12, 2012

What I Wore (and baked) Wednesday

I'm linking up over at The Pleated Poppy today!
pleated poppy

If you stick around until the end of the post you will find a recipe for the most delectable peppermint brownies EVER!

For some reason I felt the need to stand like a flamingo today, this is the only picture where you can actually tell I have two legs!
Scarf: Giveaway, Shirt: Kohls, Skirt: Jcpenney

Don't forget if you are shopping at Kohls to use the code TENBLOG to receive 10% off your order! 

I love this scarf!

My hair is FINALLY getting long long enough to put up! There is a big announcement coming up around New Years about a challenge I'm giving myself dealing with my hair, so stay tuned!

Let's just take a moment to dwell on the fact that there is a FIRE PLACE next to our Christmas tree!!!!! =)

Now onto the yummier part of this post.....

I decided not to smash candy canes on our new tile counters, your welcome Mom! Though if she notices were I smashed them instead she might not be happy.....

The batter is really thick, especially if you have forgotten to smash the candy canes until you have the batter all mixed up and it has to sit for awhile.....

More crushed candy canes sprinkled on top before baking makes for the best crunchy top you've ever tasted!

Whatever should I do with this batter covered spatula.....
I thought of an idea.....yum! ;-)

Mmmmm, they are best about an hour after they've come out of the oven.....but they not bad at 9pm during the Micheal Buble Christmas special either! 

Candy Cane Brownies

1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter
120z chocolate chips, divided
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 lg eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
10 candy canes finely crushed

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 8 inch (I used a 9x9 and they turned out fine!) square baking pan with cooking spray.

In medium bowl, mix sugar, salt and flour. Set aside.

In double boiler or microwave safe bowl, melt 6oz chocolate on butter together. Whisk in cocoa, transfer to large mixing bowl and set aside.

In large measuring cup whisk together eggs, vanilla and milk. Add to chocolate, butter, cocoa mixture, and whisk well to combine. Fold in flour mixture, then mix in remaining chocolate chips and all but 2 tablespoons of crushed candy canes.

Transfer batter to prepared baking pan and sprinkle with half of remaining candy canes. bake for 45 minutes or until the center of the brownies is set.

Dust top with remaining candy canes, let cool for an hour then enjoy!