Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: March 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting

Just call me a Southerner!
This classic American cake is one you definitely don't want to miss out on.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting...the cake all Southerners love!  Tangy, full of banana flavor, studded with crushed pineapple and the most delicious pecan cream cheese frosting. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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You know how it feels to get punched in the gut?  Not literally, but figuratively?  That happened to me this past weekend.  All I want in life {currently} is to sit on my deck with the kids outside and have a book and drink in hand.  I don't want to bundle up the kids anymore and I want all that crap {gloves, hats, coats, etc.} to be put away in a closet until next Fall.

Needless to say I was getting greedy.

So when last Thursday rolled around and every meteorologist within a  2 hour radius started talking about a SNOWSTORM I felt super deflated.  You see, the snow had exited our area and I had moved on.

Fast forward to Saturday when we were literally stuck inside and had to go out and shovel three times.  Our weekend plans had to be canceled {cue, crying children} and it put me in a crappy mood.  I know, Ally, get over it.  YOU LIVE IN IOWA.  We get snow, often in late March.  But can't a girl, just get a little sunshine?

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting...the cake all Southerners love!  Tangy, full of banana flavor, studded with crushed pineapple and the most delicious pecan cream cheese frosting. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

It's no joke when they talk about the winter blues and cabin fever.  I recently just finished reading The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and characters in that book live in Alaska of all places.  So after I closed that book {it's great, by the way} I realized my winter funk was nothing to compared to their life.

They lived in a run down cabin, in the middle of nowhere, without running water and had an abusive father.

Hello, I do live a GREAT LIFE.  Suck it up Ally, move on, get out there and shovel and Spring will come soon enough.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting...the cake all Southerners love!  Tangy, full of banana flavor, studded with crushed pineapple and the most delicious pecan cream cheese frosting. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

As we all know, when I get in a funk I bake.

I'll bake anything.  Brownies, cake, cookies, muffins, whatever requires flour and baking soda I'm game.  Something about mixing, opening up a warm oven and filling the house with delicious smells.  Throw in a warm cup of coffee, my slippers, a cozy sweatshirt and a good book and life is good.  All my worries go out the door.

For as long as I can remember I've wanted to bake a Hummingbird Cake.  I remember seeing another blogger bake it many, many moons ago.  It's stayed with me!

And please when I start talking about how the filling has crushed pineapple in it, DO NOT RUN AWAY all you pineapple haters.  

It works.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting...the cake all Southerners love!  Tangy, full of banana flavor, studded with crushed pineapple and the most delicious pecan cream cheese frosting. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

A few weeks ago, I picked up this adorable rose gold bundt cake pan from HomeGoods {one of my new favorite stores} and finally, FINALLY, kissed the old castle looking thing I got at my wedding goodbye.

Why did I register for a castle bundt pan?  I don't care for castles, I don't read fantasy stories about castles, frankly I hate castles.  Therefore, this is the #1 reason I only have ONE other bundt cake recipe on my blog, as I hated that pan so much.

That recipe can be found HERE.

That cake is really good, please go look at it, just ignore the pan.

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting...the cake all Southerners love!  Tangy, full of banana flavor, studded with crushed pineapple and the most delicious pecan cream cheese frosting. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

All of this talk about weather and bundt pans has finally gotten me to the moral of the story.  Hummingbird Cake is awesome.  It's like banana bread on crack, with the most delicious tangy frosting.

The batter is full of mashed bananas, crushed pineapple, buttermilk, eggs and lots of sugar.  I'm not going to lie to you.  I'd eat this bundt cake without even the frosting, it's that good.  But, don't stop reading - you should make that cream cheese frosting.  Omit the pecans if you have issues {I happen to love 'em}, but please, please keep them for that crunch if you can.

Every single person in my family loved this cake.  So did our friends when I took it over to their place.  Yes, it's typically a Southern cake and yes I live in the Midwest, but all bakers around the world bake Texas Sheet Cake, right?

Make it happen.

Yield: 12 servingsPin it

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting

This classic American cake is unbelieveable! Full of bananas, pineapple, buttermilk and love...I have not met a person who hasn't enjoyed a slice.
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 50 MINStotal time: 65 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 8 oz can crushed pineapple
Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 t. almond extract
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a bundt pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a stand mixer or hand-held mixer beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy.  Add in eggs one at a time until combined.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Add into the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, ending with the flour mixture.  Finally add in the bananas and pineapple beating until combined.
  4. Scoop the batter one cup at a time into the bundt pan.  Gently tap the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles.
  5. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Allow the cake to cool.  To release the cake, invert the cake onto a cake plate and gently tap until cake is released.
  6. To make the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese together in the stand mixer until creamy.  Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until thick and spreadable.
  7. Frost the cake liberally and sprinkle with the chopped pecans.  Keep the cake covered until ready to serve.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Instant Pot Alfredo Primavera

This Instant Pot Alfredo Primavera will be your new favorite!
Read on for a chance to win a copy of Weeknight Cooking with your Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Alfredo Primavera...an easy, quick, delicious weeknight Instant Pot meal for your family!  A creamy white sauce over penne pasta with sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms.  Topped with Parmesan cheese! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Well, so far I've made two batches of hard boiled eggs, French toast, mashed potatoes {so good and easy} and now this pasta in my Instant Pot.

I've been converted.

But first, let's chat about what's been going on, shall we?

My bracket is BUSTED.  March Madness has officially made me mad and I have way too many yellow highlights on my bracket.  Who is the University of Maryland Baltimore County anyway?  And goodbye, Virginia.  All hope has been lost.

Instant Pot Alfredo Primavera...an easy, quick, delicious weeknight Instant Pot meal for your family!  A creamy white sauce over penne pasta with sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms.  Topped with Parmesan cheese! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Secondly, I did some shopping ALONE yesterday and can I just say what a joy that is?  I meandered around and bought random things like socks, books, cute summer tops {super good sales at Old Navy} and drank a Starbucks drink in peace.

It was lovely.

Finally this week ahead is going to make me move at warp speed.  We have about 376 activities going on {dance camp, baseball practice, youth group, school concert, Easter parties, relatives in town, etc.}

Send the drinks and sympathy cards now.

Instant Pot Alfredo Primavera...an easy, quick, delicious weeknight Instant Pot meal for your family!  A creamy white sauce over penne pasta with sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms.  Topped with Parmesan cheese! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Busy weeks like the one ahead is just another reason I am starting to love using my Instant Pot.  I recently had the chance to review Kristy Bernardo's new cookbook, Weeknight Cooking with your Instant Pot and like I imagined, it is exactly what a busy Mom needed.

Simple and quick recipes for busy weeknights.  Done!  This cookbook fits the bill.  I read cookbooks like novels, so naturally I spent one lazy weekend afternoon reading through the entire book and dog-earring the recipes that stood out to me.

I'm fairly certain I triple dog-earred her Instant Pot Alfredo Primavera.  Honestly because #1) it's pasta and my kids love pasta and #2) who doesn't love a good, rich, creamy, garlicky Alfredo type sauce?

Instant Pot Alfredo Primavera...an easy, quick, delicious weeknight Instant Pot meal for your family!  A creamy white sauce over penne pasta with sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms.  Topped with Parmesan cheese! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I had yet to tackle any type of pasta in my Instant Pot, although my friend Kerri had recommened doing mac-n-cheese many times {I believe her words were "it's life changing"}, but up until I got my hands on this cookbook, I had still yet to try.

But then my eyes landed on this recipe.  I loved that it was filled with chopped sweet peppers and mushrooms {which I happen to love in pasta} and the sauce was simply made of heavy cream and Parmesan cheese.  So simple! 

I did tweek her recipe a bit.  I left out the carrots {just wasn't feeling it}, used some water in place of the chicken stock, used a little less onion and because of convenience used canned mushrooms.  Honestly, you could add any vegetable you enjoy in this pasta, that is the joy of cooking - do what you want!

Instant Pot Alfredo Primavera...an easy, quick, delicious weeknight Instant Pot meal for your family!  A creamy white sauce over penne pasta with sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms.  Topped with Parmesan cheese! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I was amazed how quickly this came together and how creamy the sauce was made in just a few minutes.  I love, love, love a creamy white sauce on pasta and I was not disappointed.  With just a hint of garlic and tang from the Parmesan it coated the penne perfectly.

I made this one afternoon while my 3 year old napped and the older two were at school.  I remember thinking, "I'll just try a few bites before I snap photos".

Yeah....one plate later....

I just COULD NOT STOP EATING IT.  In the end I made it my lunch {thankfully I hadn't eaten yet} and called it a day.

Instant Pot Alfredo Primavera...an easy, quick, delicious weeknight Instant Pot meal for your family!  A creamy white sauce over penne pasta with sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms.  Topped with Parmesan cheese! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The kind, kind publishers over at Page Street Publishing are giving one of my readers a copy of Kristy's new cookbook, Weeknight Cooking with your Instant Pot!

You definitely want to get your hands on this one.

I'm keeping it simple.  Just LEAVE A COMMENT telling me something about your Instant Pot feelings.  Do you have one?  Do you want one?  What recipes have you made?  Anything.  I'll choose one lucky winner on Friday, March 23rd.

Yield: 8 servingsPin it

Instant Pot Alfredo Primavera

This easy, creamy and quick pasta dish will soon been a family favorite! Rich in taste and amped up with some veggies make this a side dish or the main meal.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 6 MINStotal time: 11 mins

ingredients:

*adapted from Weeknight Cooking with your Instant Pot with Kristy Bernardo
  • 2 t. olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 8 oz. can of mushrooms, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 mini, sweet peppers, chopped
  • 1 lb. penne pasta
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/4  cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt/pepper to taste

instructions


  1. Press "saute" on your Instant Pot.  When "hot" appears, add the olive oil and saute the onions and mushrooms until soft.  Add the garlic and saute for another minute.  Press "cancel" and turn off the Instant Pot.
  2. Add in the chopped peppers and dry penne pasta to the pot.  Cover with the water and chicken broth.  Close and lock the lid and press "Manual" and adjut the timer to 6 minutes.  If you are using different pasta, just make sure to set the timer for half of the time.  Make sure the cooking pressure is on "high" and the value is set to "sealing".
  3. When the time is up, open the Instant Pot using the "Quick Pressure Release".  Stir the pasta, then drain in a colander to discard the remaining liquid.  Set aside.
  4. Put the pot back in the Instant Pot and press "Saute".  Pour in the cream, Parmesan and salt and pepper, stirring until the sauce starts to bubble and thicken.  Put the pasta back in the pot and stir to coat with the sauce.  
  5. Season well with more salt and pepper.  Serve hot with additional Parmesan cheese.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Essential Grocery Budget Challenge: How I Cut My Bill By $100

Fed up with how much you are spending at the grocery store?  Me too.
Read on to see how I personally cut $100 out of my bill.

I also teased about this post on Facebook and I'll be answering some of your questions at the bottom of this post.

The Essential Grocery Budget Challenge: How I Cut My Bill By $100.  Tips, thoughts and ideas!  I slashed my grocery bill by $100 and I survived.  Easy ways to cut down on excess and get back to the basics. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

It's Spring cleaning time and while I love a good deep clean of my house I also love saving money.  Who doesn't?  Saving money helps put that cash into other categories in your life that could use it a little bit more {debt, vacation, etc.}

Here's the thing.  My grocery bill has recently been getting out of hand.

For the past few months I was mindlessly wandering through the store throwing items in my cart and not really paying attention to how much I was buying.  Gradually each time I stepped up to the cashier for our big trips {every 2 weeks} my final bill was climbing up a fast ladder to infinity.  My cart was overflowing when in the past it hadn't and when I got home I couldn't even fit all the groceries in my small pantry cupboard or fridge.

It was getting out of control.

So I called an intervention on MYSELF.  Since I do the majority of the shopping and I'm a stay-at-home-working-mom it is MY JOB to keep this grocery budget in check.  Something I was failing on miserably.

I sat down, made a list of things I could cut and started brainstorming.  Here is that list.

The Essential Grocery Budget Challenge: How I Cut My Bill By $100.  Tips, thoughts and ideas!  I slashed my grocery bill by $100 and I survived.  Easy ways to cut down on excess and get back to the basics. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Let's cut to the chase.  I was getting lazy.  We were eating on paper plates when we could use real ones.  I was buying boxes of k-cups when I could easily make a regular pot of coffee.  I would come home with fancy boxes of protein bars and granola bars, sometimes 5 boxes at a time to get us through the two weeks {one brand is $4.99 a box!} and don't get me started on frozen pizzas.  I found a brand at ALDI that we LOVE, but they are close to $6 a pizza, when I could easily make my own for pizza party nights for much, much cheaper.

So needless to say I cut many things out.  They weren't needed and just simply a convenience.  But since we still "needed them" to get through our busy weeks, I then sat down and researched some homemade recipes.  

So far I've made these breakfast cookies and these homemade granola bars, plus this bar is on deck.  Both were a success!  I simply baked them up on Sunday and wrapped them up individually for the week.  I imagine I'll need to make another double batch this weekend.  Plus, I made their favorite spicy ranch pretzels to divide out in bags for their lunches during the week instead of buying pre-packaged crackers.

The Essential Grocery Budget Challenge: How I Cut My Bill By $100.  Tips, thoughts and ideas!  I slashed my grocery bill by $100 and I survived.  Easy ways to cut down on excess and get back to the basics. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Another MAJOR reason our grocery bill was skyrocketing was because of meat.  Golly, meat is expensive - beef, chicken, pork, all of it.  But, we're from Iowa, we're meat eaters so I didn't feel I could get around it very well.

BUT, the glorious thing about living in the heartland is that we have a lot of local farmers.  So about a month ago we hooked up with a friend taking one of their cows to the butcher and bought half of the cow.  Yes, it is expensive up front.  You might need to pour yourself a stiff drink when seeing the bill, but in the end it pays for itself HANDS DOWN.  

So yesterday all this meat was delivered and I played a little game of tetris trying to stack it all in our two freezers.  Now, we are stocked with ground beef, steaks, roasts and more for a long, long time.  No more buying it at the store!

We also do this with local pork when available.  Unfortunately I'm still buying a package {sometimes two} of chicken at the store, but not much. 

The Essential Grocery Budget Challenge: How I Cut My Bill By $100.  Tips, thoughts and ideas!  I slashed my grocery bill by $100 and I survived.  Easy ways to cut down on excess and get back to the basics. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The other problem I was having was impluse buying.  I'm often shopping with my 3 year old.  Has anyone ever shopped with a 3 year old?  Consider yourself blessed if you haven't.  She for the most part is pretty good, but there are times when I want to run for the hills.

We'd stroll by the chocolate aisle {never good} and I'd throw in some fancy dark chocolate covered caramels because she would say, "Mommy, these are your favorite!".  Yes, they are girl.  Then we'd swing by the baby aisle and I'd pick up a applesauce squeeze pouch to keep her entertained.  And finally I'd grab some pre-made chicken salad {because it's awesome} when I could easily make my own, as well as some extra sharp fancy cheddar cheese to hide in the back of the fridge JUST FOR ME, when really again, not needed.

So I cut all that crap OUT.

The Essential Grocery Budget Challenge: How I Cut My Bill By $100.  Tips, thoughts and ideas!  I slashed my grocery bill by $100 and I survived.  Easy ways to cut down on excess and get back to the basics. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

In the past I kept a running tally in my head while shopping, testing my math skills for sure, but I did it every time.  That way I knew generally how much my cart was.  Well, as you can imagine that dropped down the gutter too.

This last trip I did that again!  I've found keeping a pen in hand and jotting down the total every 5 items or so helps a TON, because alas that 3 year old often gets me distracted.  Also, you NEED TO PAY IN CASH.

Please, for the love, take the exact amount you want to spend in cash, this will prevent you from overspending.  For this trip I took $150 and as you can see I went over by $5 but I blame that on last minute remembering I needed to purchase snacks for youth group.  So basically I was right on!  My last few trips I was spending $250 every two weeks and my goal was to decrease that by $100.

I did it.

The Essential Grocery Budget Challenge: How I Cut My Bill By $100.  Tips, thoughts and ideas!  I slashed my grocery bill by $100 and I survived.  Easy ways to cut down on excess and get back to the basics. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Do you want to cut your grocery budget down?

What are you spending too much money on?

Are you up for a challenge?

I dare you to give this a try.  We really can live on much, much less.  Heck, I could probably skip the grocery store next week and live off of canned goods alone in my pantry.  Maybe that will be my next challenge?

Lastly, I teased about this post on Facebook a week prior to writing this and you all came back with some great questions and ideas.  Here are my thoughts.

Lynn said: "My veggie and fresh fruit bill drives me crazy"

Yeah, me too.  I've found that if I buy a bit less in fresh produce, I end up wasting less.  Also, since I do our big shopping every two weeks, versus once a week, my produce runs out quicker.  So, I've started setting aside around $15 in cash to run to the store a week later and grab a few more things to get us through that last week.

Denise said: "I plan my meals, then get groceries for those meals, but then a week later we don't want to eat those meals or feel like them.  Help!"

I feel ya.  Sometimes I plan a dinner and just don't feel like eating it too.  But, I'm going to give you some hard love here.  Just power through it.  Remind yourself you are saving money by meal planning and sticking with it.  If you really, really don't want that meal that night, swap it with something you have planned later in the week.

Angela said: "Leftovers.  I'll eat them during the week, but the rest of the family isn't interested.  I need help making them into another meal."

Yes!  Leftovers can be a real bore sometimes.  That's just the plain truth.  Reinventing them helps a ton.  If I make tacos one night, I turn them into nachos the next night.  If I have leftover grilled chicken, I throw that chicken on an indulgent creamy pasta the following night.  Try asking your family to eat at least ONE leftover meal a week.  Start small.

Barb said: "Lunchmeat is expensive and full of additives.  Try cooking more meat and turning the leftovers into lunchmeat {i.e. a pot roast into roast beef sandwiches, or cooked turkey breast sliced into leftover lunchmeat}."

Completely 100% agree.  As a Mom of three, our family eats a TON of lunchmeat.  Sandwiches are easy to whip together for kids.  I love the idea of turning leftover cooked meats into the lunchmeat you use on sandwiches for lunch the next day.

Jenny said: "I want an all week sale at grocery stores, not these Thurs-Sat or Mon-Thurs sales.  Is it worth the gas running all over town?"

I'm going to plead the 5th of this one.  I'm not a big sale shopper.  Mainly because #1 I shop mostly at ALDI, where prices are cheap anyway and #2 I'm not big on traveling to various stores for one or two items.  I'd say ONLY venture to multiple stores if that item is an absolute must.  Otherwise I forget it and move on.

Kerri asked: "How to I make breakfasts on the go?  My son has an expensive pre-made frozen biscuit habit."

Breakfasts are hard with kids.  We're always short on time and patience.  I love making my homemade freezer breakfast burritos that easily nuke for a minute and you're out the door.  Honestly I'd try testing a few biscuit recipes, try freezing them and test them out.  All you can do is try!

The Essential Grocery Budget Challenge: How I Cut My Bill By $100.  Tips, thoughts and ideas!  I slashed my grocery bill by $100 and I survived.  Easy ways to cut down on excess and get back to the basics. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)



Thursday, March 8, 2018

Homemade Espresso Brownies

Let's all take a nice, big bite of this delicious brownie.
And grab a glass of milk.

Homemade Espresso Brownies...an easy, rich, fudgy, deep flavored coffee brownie that appeals to even non-coffee lovers! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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I was provided product from Nielsen-Massey for this recipe.

Last weekend I found myself ALL ALONE IN MY HOUSE for a span of 24 hours.  To say that it was glorious is a major understatement.

I love all my peeps so very, very much, but golly it's nice to have a quiet house for a short period of time now and then.  I have a 3.5 year old whose primary goal in life right now is to disagree with everything her Mother says.

"Please put on your coat so we can leave."

NO!!!!!!!!

"We are having pizza for dinner tonight."

I HATE PIZZA! {says no one never, she loves the stuff}

"I need to bake brownies, do you want to help?"

I'M NOT HELPING YOU!

This has been my life.  I remember our middle daughter also being this way at the age of 3.  I am literally walking around on egg shells trying not to make her mad.  Seriously, I could say we are leaving for Disney World in the morning and it would be a WWIII epic meltdown.

Saying this, it was a nice break of pure silence.

Homemade Espresso Brownies...an easy, rich, fudgy, deep flavored coffee brownie that appeals to even non-coffee lovers! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Our girls headed to their grandparents for a day {where they are always angels} and the husband and our oldest son had some boy time watching a wrestling meet out of town and visiting some friends.  I went out to dinner with some girlfriends at Fuzzy's Tacos {best fast food Mexican joint I've ever been too - see photo HERE}, got caught up on a TV show, actually watched a MOVIE that I wanted to see and completed two new recipes in the kitchen {one being these brownies}.

Overall, I'd said it was very productive.

Then on Sunday and Monday I did a bit of traveling for this food blog and judged the Taste of Excellence Collegiate Competition in Des Moines.  I ate approximately 349 pounds of food and couldn't see straight until Tuesday.

Again, very productive.



Homemade Espresso Brownies...an easy, rich, fudgy, deep flavored coffee brownie that appeals to even non-coffee lovers! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

And now that we are all caught up, back to these brownies.

I've baked a LOT of brownies over the years.  A few of my favorites include this cheesecake swirl variety and this homemade dark chocolate version with peanut butter frosting.  I've never met a brownie I didn't like.

Quite possibly a major downfall in my life.

Or, thinking positive that could be why I'm generally happy 98% of the time.

Pick your version.

Homemade Espresso Brownies...an easy, rich, fudgy, deep flavored coffee brownie that appeals to even non-coffee lovers! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

My friends at Nielsen-Massey had sent me a bottle of their coffee extract and I instantly knew it would be dumped into brownie batter.

Because anything coffee related pairs well with chocolate and baked goods.  At least in my book.  Even my non-coffee friends like these brownies!  The extract and the brewed coffee added to the batter gives the brownies a rich, deep, interesting strong flavor, yet it is NOT overpowering.

It may make you ask...."what is that?", but you'll soon be on bite three and will have completely forgotten you've even asked anything.

Homemade Espresso Brownies...an easy, rich, fudgy, deep flavored coffee brownie that appeals to even non-coffee lovers! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

And don't get all huffy thinking you cannot attempt homemade brownies.  If you are a boxed brownie lover that is fine, but give these a whirl.  Brownie batter is just melted butter, sugar, cocoa powder, flour and a handful of other small ingredients.  All of which you most likely have in your kitchen.

You can do it.

Make this 8x8 pan.  Eat one, then pass the other eight out to friends.  Wrap them up individually and toss them out your van window in the school pick up line.  

Do whatever you need to do to get the word out that these are AWESOME.

Yield: 9Pin it

Homemade Espresso Brownies

These dark, fudgy, rich, coffee infused brownies are top notch! Homemade, easy and glass-of-milk worthy.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins

ingredients:


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 1/8 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup stongly brewed coffee
  • 1 T. coffee extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chipos

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8x8 glass baking dish. 
  2. In a small pan over low heat melt the butter.  Stir in the sugar and continue to stir for a couple minutes.  Do not let boil.
  3. Pour the butter/sugar mixture into your stand mixer (or large bowl if using a hand mixer).  Beat in the cocoa powder, eggs, salt, baking powder, brewed coffee and coffee extract to a smooth batter.
  4. Sift in the flour, then fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until just set and slightly under done (where a  toothpick comes out mostly clean).
  6. Allow to cool before cutting into 9 squares.  Keep fresh covered for up to 3 days.
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