Tuesday, July 7, 2009

TWD: KathArine Hepburn Tribute Brownies

I am sorry. I haven't exactly been burning up the blogosphere here lately, now, have I? And, unfortunately I don't have any awesome excuses like... I've been traveling (because I haven't) or I've been super busy (not really been that, either). No... my reason is basically the baking blogs worst nightmare: I've been trying to lose weight.

The latest weight loss plan for me? Eliminating sugar and alcohol. Which, if you know me... know that these two things are the reason I exist. Sugar and alcohol are what I live for, what I wake up for, why I exercise, etc. Sugar and alcohol are also the reasons that I carry around about 25 extra pounds mostly in my mid-section. But, I'm shunning them both for a few weeks. We'll see how it works out.

Meanwhile, it will be fairly quiet around these parts. Luckily, all us bakers have been given a hall pass on the summer recipes for Tuesdays with Dorie . The requirements have been relaxed for the summer and we have been encouraged to do as many as we can, but to not worry about being kicked out of the group. And for that, my waist-line thanks the admin peeps at TWD. I do have a couple of recipes already saved up to post, so it's not going to be entirely silent. And at some point, I might try to soothe my sugar deprived, cranky bastard soul with some sort of splenda-ed up recipe. But, who knows. For now and the next few weeks, I'm just going to be a real bitch that no one will want to hang around. Awesome.

Anyway... now that we have that out of the way... let me drool all over myself for a minute while I tell you about these awesome brownies I made a couple weeks ago. These brownies are excellent. They are fudgy and chocolate-y. I eliminated the cinnamon, the instant coffee and the walnuts that the recipe called for and I think I even overbaked them a little and they still turned out delicious. Sadly, they don't look that great, though, because I used dark cocoa in the recipe and black brownies just don't look as appetizing as brown brownies. Whatev. They still tasted awesome.

I'll see ya when I see ya.

Check out Lisa's blog Surviving Oz for the recipe for these brownies.


Anonymous said...

Good luck! I get really cranky if I even think about giving up sweets. And alcohol...probably even crankier!

Heidi said...

I've always wanted to try that brownie recipe. I think your black brownies look wonderfully appetizing. And the whole losing weight issue........I totally understand and when you're a baker, it makes it a million times more difficult. I LOVE to bake and I want to bake ever day but lately my willpower is non-existant. Some days are better than others. My method is always "moderation". I taste every single thing - but just little tastes. Good luck with the weight loss!


TeaLady said...

Brownies look good. Very good.

Giving up sugar is hard. Alcohol - not so much. And thanks to Dorie I have a few extra hanging on.

good luck.

Anonymous said...

'Tis hard to give up ANYTHING that brings such sweet rewards to soul and mind... so, maybe you could try a "take some but leave more" approach and see where that gets ya. Good luck!
Oh, btw: KATH - A - RINE. =)