Betty made another appearance in my kitchen recently.
This time, however, she was not here because I was feeling grumpy. I had my family over for a little BBQ, and I baked brownies for dessert.
Instead of my usual glass baking dish, I used this cool pan that my husband's mom gave us:
This is one of those pans that gives you only the edges of the brownies. You know, no 'middle' pieces. It's a really nice, heavy pan. The brownies baked up beautifully. :)
Ok, it's hard to tell from the picture. That really is a lousy pic. Trust me on this, the brownies were gorgeous.
For this batch, I decided to try something different. Many years ago, during my senior year of high school, I took a healthy cooking class (aptly titled, "Foods for the Health of It"). There isn't much that I recall from that class, but I do remember that we made brownies that had been 'lightened up' by replacing the vegetable oil with unsweetened applesauce.
So, out with oil and in with the applesauce!
And, since I was already feeling experimental, I decided to throw in a little something extra.
Mmmmmm, yum. I don't know how much of this I used. I just kept adding it until it seemed like there was enough.
The lightened up brownies turned out to be very tasty. They had a nice texture and were quite dense. The addition of the cocoa chile blend was good; there was a bit of sweet, yummy heat after each bite. I also added a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the mix, which I am pretty sure made omitting the oil near-pointless, but oh well. I always add chocolate chips to my brownies.
And since I was dying for an excuse to use some cute papers and picks I bought recently, I cut the brownies into bite-sized squares and gussied 'em up a bit.
I threw some M&M's into the baking cups for good measure, but only the brown and yellow ones. I'm a matchy-matchy kind of girl :)
Speaking of the baking cups, aren't they just adorable?
I love the polka dots.
I also love the picks. Too cute!
Overall, I'd say the brownies were a success.