Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fall weather= baking time

I love fall, depending on the day of the week fall is either my favorite season or my second favorite. It's a toss-up with winter, but it's a really close race.

Anyway, the fall weather for the next few days in my area isn't the fun kind of fall weather. It's cold (temps are in the low 40s), rainy, mushy, gray, and just all around gloomy. Plus, the hubs and I had plans to head out to a haunted hayride with friends this weekend and those plans are now canceled due to the weather forecast. BOO!!!

There is one aspect of fall that I do love that the weather can't take away from me... baking. It's so nice to warm up a slightly chilly house by baking. I made these brownies today and they're tasty.

Peanut Butter-Swirl Brownies (from Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book)

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1/3 cup chunky-style peanut butter
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces or chopped peanuts

1. Grease a 9x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium saucepan heat butter until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the sugar and eggs. Using a wooden spoon, lightly beat the mixture just until combined. Stir in the flour. Remove 3/4 cup of the batter; set aside.

2. Stir the melted unsweetened chocolate into the remaining batter in the saucepan. Spread chocolate batter in the prepared pan. Set aside.

3. Stir peanut butter into the reserved 3/4 cup batter. Dot peanut butter batter atop the chocolate batter. Sprinkle with chocolate pieces or peanuts. Using a knife, swirl the batter.

4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the brownies appear set on the surface. Do not overbake. Cool the brownies in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

5. Quickly eat a few brownies before you have any witnesses. Down the evidence with a glass of milk. Repeat until appetite is satisfied. :)


  1. Can you believe some people don't like choc + pb? They're crazy people and I'll gladly eat their share of goodness like this recipe!

  2. Chocolate + peanut butter = Nobel Peace Prize. Or at least it does in my mind. Seriously, how can you not be peaceful and happy when eating the delicious combination of chocolate and peanut butter???