This little sister and I didn't get along very well. I mean look at that face! You couldn't trust it. :)
But she grew up and somewhere along the line I realized we were in the same boat going through the same stuff and she wasn't soooo bad. I am so grateful to have her in my life. Can't imagine life without her. She is my confident, my listening ear, and my best friend. I love her to pieces. She is a wonderful cook, a great mother, and a loyal wife. She is sensitive and has a soft heart. And she's the hot sister. :)
Hottie. :) That's her lucky hubs with her.
So with that to celebrate Erica's birthday I made some Brownies. I wish we could share them together. Erica, make them for your honey. He loves Brownies! Or better yet, have him make you some.
Cocoa Brownies or Death by Chocolate Brownie
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cold large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides.
Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a saucepan and stir until the butter is melted and the mixture just starts to bubble. Don't let it come to a full boil. The mixture will be grainy but combined. Remove from heat and set aside briefly until the mixture is only warm, not hot.
Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula. Spread evenly in the lined pan.
Bake until a toothpick plunged into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack.
Lift up the ends of the parchment or foil liner, and transfer the brownies to a cutting board. Spread with ganache and cut as desired.
Combine 1 tbsp. corn syrup and 3 ounces of heavy cream in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Add 6 ounces of chopped chocolate. Let sit for 1 minute and then stir together until smooth. Use immediately.
Yum, these are more fudgy if you like that type of Brownie. You will need a tall glass of milk and a serious chocolate craving. Enjoy!
Source: Becky Bakes
Drop a little note and wish Erica a Happy Birthday. She needs the extra loves today with a new baby, lots of diapers, and being cooped in the house. Love you sissy. I hope your day is wonderful!