I hope everyone had a lovely snow day. Ours ended up being a sort of flop of a blizzard, but I still had fun. My friend and neighbor May and her son Grayson came over for a play date and much-needed girls time. We made turkey clubs with crisp bacon and avocado and decided we wanted to have some background television on for our date.
I turned to the much-talked about Great British Bake Club. I rarely bake, but was curious to see for myself what this TV obsession from across the pond was all about. After watching only one episode of drool-worthy, cake-centric cinema, I knew I had to give in to my sweet tooth.
As a wedding gift, one of our family friends gave us our stand up mixer and several of Maida Heatter's cookbooks. I wasn't familiar with the doyenne, but she is a renowned pastry chef and baker who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. I highly recommend flipping through her work; it's a hoot looking through her dessert books from the 1960s. After agonizing and triple checking my pantry, I settled on her brownies. Coined as the first recipe that put her on the map, I figured it was a safe bet.
Fast forward an hour later, and I was correct. These brownies are as decadent as you can get; they have a beautiful crisp outer layer and one of the most fudge-like centers I have ever experienced. Each bite melted in my mouth, emitting a rich and decadent chocolate that lingers perfectly. One note; I didn't have walnuts, but I did have a handful of hazelnuts, which worked lovely. This will certainly become part of my dessert repertoire for future dessert needs. Here is a version if you feel inspired. Enjoy!