Brownie Roundup and a chocolate review

by Patricia on February 1, 2009

Today I helped D. move. I wasn’t required to do any heavy lifting, I just had to pack up all of the kitchen stuff and other little things. Now most of D. and the boys’ stuff is at their new abode. And D. and I are currently relaxing in the new living room (sort of relaxing… the Sharks game is on, so the relaxing is a little sporadic depending on what’s happening with the puck).

We’re both tired. And I felt a treat was in order after a hard day’s work. But this called for instant gratification. No baking, no mixing… Then I remembered that we still had not broken into the chocolate I had put in D.’s Christmas stocking. AND I just happened to remember where it was packed (surprise, right?).

So tonight D. and I are are sipping a Clos du Bois Cabarnet Sauvignon and nibbling on a Brix extra dark chocolate. The box recommends pairing it with a cabarnet sauvignon or bordeaux. The chocolate is dark but not bitter; it’s semi-sweet but not like chocolate chips, it’s darker than that. It pairs well with a big California red, but D. doesn’t think a Bordeaux would stand up to the semi-sweetness of this dark chocolate. But we both agree that with the cab it pairs very well. I found the Brix at World Market. If you like wine and chocolate, I recommend it. It is a nice treat.

And finally, the roundup:
Peanut Butter Cup Brownies from Lori aka The Recipe Girl (can you all tell I like chocolate and peanut butter?)

Irish Cream Dream brownies from HoneyB on The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch (this is another Cooking Light recipe)

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes from Deb at the Smitten Kitchen (Awesome blog, awesome looking cupcakes! I know, not a brownie, but these look like serious cupcakes… serious enough I will have to try them myself. And soon.)

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