Friday brownie break (aka roundup)

by Patricia on March 14, 2009

Today, I had a late lunch.  A very late lunch… like at 3:30pm.  I came home from work early and cooked up a random lunch.  I didn’t want the fuss of going to the store, so I took some day old (2 day old?) “pane rustico” bread and made a kind of savory French toast.  Two eggs, some cream, salt, pepper, some other random spices… and then I let the almost stale bread soak for a while.  Cooked in a cast iron skillet and then topped with this jarred sun-dried tomato “bruschetta topping” from Trader Joe’s.  Wow.  Totally random, but totally good.  This was a late lunch though so I was getting a little shakey from hunger.  When I cracked my first egg, somehow it leapt from my hand and landed on the kitchen floor…

Sad little egg.  Your siblings wound up in my belly but you leapt to your death too soon.  You could’ve been great.  You could’ve been a contender…

But now for this week’s roundup:
Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes with a variety of frostings over at Velez Delights.  Omg.  These look amazing!  Chocolate Fudge Icing.  Coffee Buttercream.  Seriously.

– The Barefoot Bloggers are making Brownie Pudding this month.  This brownie pudding has been on my list of to-dos for a few months now.  I saw the Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics episode where Ina Garten made this (on Food Network).  And it has been ruminating in the back of my mind ever since just waiting for the right opportunity.  Who wouldn’t love the gooey chocolate center?  I mean, this takes the idea of undercooking brownies to get the gooey middle to a whole ‘nother level.

– This is decidely not a brownie but oh-s0-sexy in that sweet, demure kind of way: Southern coconut cake from the Tender Crumb.  I know I’ve mentioned how much I love chocolate.  And chocolate with peanut butter (seriously, this is a weakness.  It’s my cryptonite).  But coconut… light, fluffy, sweet… and so coconutty.  I love it so.  And a true Southern coconut cake.  I would pass up the most decadent chocolate cake for a real piece of southern coconut cake.  (Have I mentioned I’m from Georgia?  And there are certain foods from the southern United States that I just cannot resist.  It’s in my DNA.  Coconut cake is one of those things).

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