Monday, February 9, 2015
Chocolate Wars And A Brownie Recipe!
I don't ask for much. Just let me have a bit of chocolate now and then. That's it! I don't know if you have heard this news but Hershey's (American company) is suing Cadbury's (English company). It appears that Americans have tasted English chocolate and have fallen in love! Hershey (being the big corporate bully that it is) will stop the sale of Cadbury's Chocolates in the USA. You can read all the ins and outs of it just here. Oh, SHAME on you Hershey's!
I wondered if you noticed that I used Nestle Cocoa in my brownies? Makes me glad now! There will be NO kisses for YOU, Hershey's!
Please, don't let anyone get up on their high horse and start telling me the joys of Hershey's Chocolate and that I am being UNAMERICAN by telling you this. Hey, I don't mind a bit of a sugary chocolate taste, I even like Tootsie Rolls! It's just that if I want to buy Cadbury's Chocolates, I think that the Hershey Company shouldn't stop them from being sold here. And hey, did you know that we say "candy bars" here in the USA, but in the UK, they are called chocolate bars? I think even our very own language tells us which is the better chocolate!
Oh well. Looks like I will just have to make my brownies. And you can bet I will make them with NESTLE's Cocoa! I am boycotting Hershey's!
Melt 10 tablespoons butter (I have used a combo of 6 T. Butter and 4 T. vegetable oil)
Combine 6 Tablespoons NESTLE cocoa with butter.
Add 2 eggs.
Add 1 cup sugar. (Mixing well after each addition, by the way.)
Then, add 3/4 cup flour, but not all at once, just a bit at a time and mix it in. (I have to use gluten free flour for Richard, you may use regular flour.) I might use a bit less flour to be honest, maybe 1/2 cup and then, a bit more?... see what a precise baker I am?
You may add 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans... (And I say Peh-CAHNS. NOT PEE-cans...what do YOU say?)
Pour evenly into greased brownie pan. (About 8 x 10 inches, I think. I can never remember the size of pans! You can tell I am big baker! HA!)
Bake for about 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. DO NOT OVERBAKE! Ovens vary, so check your brownies! Take out and let cool for at least 30 minutes. Cut with a cute purple plastic knife so as to not mess up your brownie pan. Oh wait, that is just what I do...you can cut them with anything you like! Let me know if you make these. I have seen this same recipe on several places on the internet, some recipes say 1/2 cup cocoa, but I measure it and 6 tablespoons seems equal to 1/2 cup cocoa, so measure it as you like. This is a simple recipe but it is good.
Valentine's Day will be this Saturday...don't give me any roses, unless they are Cadbury's Roses, they are wonderful!