Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Awesome Brownies with Jarra's Cinnamint Frosting

BASIC BROWNIES

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2/3 c. flour
1/2 c. cocoa
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
½ c. dark chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

2 oz semi sweet or very dark chocolate.

Mix sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread in greased 8x8x2 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Bake brownies and cool. Mix frosting ingredients. Spread over cooled brownies. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Melt chocolate over low heat. Drizzle over frosting. Refrigerate at least 3 hours. Cut into bars.

JARRA’S CINNAMINT FROSTING
Another of my son's kitchen creations.
The measurements are approximate—blend with a beater until frosting reaches a thick, but spreadable consistency.

1-1.5 cup of powdered sugar, maybe a bit more, but add slowly
3 tbsp milk
4 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp mint flavor
1 tsp cinnamon
green food coloring

Sesame Soy Vinaigrette

Jarra has begun experimenting in the kitchen. He has a great sense of flavor and created this vinaigrette that has become a house favorite. Who knows, the next Paul Newman?
These measurements are approximate!

Jarra's Sesame Soy Vinaigrette

about 1/4 cup olive oil
1.5 tbsp corn syrup, or other sweetener
1.5 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp malt vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2-1 tsp sesame oil
1 small clove garlic, crushed

mix all ingredients together and spoon over salad greens....