Sweet Treats

Prepare to drool. I loved writing my last two posts, making pizza and crackers during our visit to King Arthur Flour this past weekend, but I could not wait to share with you the decadent chocolate, whole grain (!) delights that we learned to make. Brownies from scratch. Now, we all know I have a huge interest in food, but I have never actually made brownies that did not come from a box. I had no idea how easy brownies from scratch were! I really have been in awe of people who made these things over the year, and I can not wait to spend the winter holed up in my house baking.

Once again, Susan broke the process into a couple of demos and hands-on time at our work stations. We started by melting a half pound of butter and two cups of brown sugar into a caramel-like substance, then adding the cocoa powder, flour, eggs, and other ingredients. While these ARE whole grain, they aren’t health food. Still, it’s nice to add a little bit of nutrition into a treat!

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making brownies from scratch Oh the evolution of brown sugar and 1/2 pound of butter. We learned that you want to measure brown sugar differently than flour. You actually WANT to pack the sugar in so tightly that it holds its shape when dumped out of the cup.
Dutch process cocoa has an alkaline agent added to it and gives it a smooth, milder flavor. Look at that color!
Dutch process cocoa making brownies from scratch
chocolate chip brownies

As though creating our own deliciousness was not enough, we were invited to King Arthur’s other baking classroom where a class with visiting baker En-Ming Hsu was just finishing up. We thought we were just going to look at and photograph these beauties, but we got to EAT them too.

palmiers Sarah Bernhardts macarons
opera cake Banana gems

I am more confident with my baking skills, but I am not sure I will ever be able to create something this beautiful.

I have to say, my brownies didn’t look too shabby.

 

brownies from scratch

Susan instructed us to wait until the next day to eat them as the bran taste would be more evident the first day. I can’t believe it, but we were good bloggers and actually didn’t eat any of the brownies while in VT! Since I have gotten home. . . a completely different story. They are quite delicious!

If you are a baker, what is your favorite thing to bake? Do you dream of baking something super complicated?

If you don’t bake, what’s your favorite baked good to eat?

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  1. TheHealthyApron’s avatar

    OOO everything looks great! I LOVE LOVE LOVE baking. I think it is so super comforting. My favorite to bake though? Probably cookies because you can eat the dough lol

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  2. Daisy’s avatar

    I dug into these last night, finally!!! They are so freakin good.

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  3. Mellissa’s avatar

    I love to make Christmas cookies, I usually make 7-8 different kinds!

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  4. Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

    Oh wow, great job baking those delicious things!

    I’m definitely NOT a baker but managed to bake ugly but delicious muffins this week. I’ll be posting them later. I wish I could bake better and more complicated stuff but I just am not someone who likes following a recipe.. and more a cook than a baker :)

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  5. Michelle’s avatar

    Bret loved the brownies when we dug into them Sunday night. They are so dense and rich…I couldn’t help but pat myself on the back! :-)

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  6. Sues’s avatar

    I love making brownies from scratch, but now I totally want to add whole grain into mine. Seriously, one of the reasons I’m most excited for winter is to stay in my apartment baking! It’s the little things :)

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  7. Megan’s avatar

    Can’t wait to sample some of your homemaed baked goods this winter! ;)

    I dream of making decadent mini desserts like those pastries we saw.

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  8. Joy’s avatar

    That looks great!

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  9. Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine’s avatar

    those look soooo good! I don’t know you can wait a day!! I wouldn’t have made it!

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  10. Kimmy’s avatar

    Great idea. I’m on board with anything that makes brownies more “healthy” :-)

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  11. Magic of Spice’s avatar

    Those treats do look lovely and your brownies sound incredible :)

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  12. May Ling Wu’s avatar

    Loved how you made brownies healthy – ish! I love baking cupcakes, I just think they are so cute and fun to decorate. I would love to be able to decorate cakes better.

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  13. Simply Life’s avatar

    ooh can I eat all of those right now please?!

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  14. Kim’s avatar

    I guess with the weather cooling down now everyone is baking more often again. I’m seeing quite a few blogs with cookies, cakes, breads, and brownies…and oh yes, I’m drooling. And I’m definitely drooling over these as well.

    Personally, I love baking and when I do it’s usually something like cake or cookies. Now that it’s fall I also love baking pumpkin bread. Yum, yum, yum!

    BTW – I’ll be e-mailing you with my FFF answers some time tonight. Just going over my responses and making sure they are written well and not too cliche or dorky.

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  15. Belinda @zomppa’s avatar

    Love King Arthur flour, love these brownies! Great baking for cooler weather. At least, a good excuse to eat them.

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  16. Debbie’s avatar

    I love King Arthur products, I use their bread mixes all the time.

    I like these opera cakes – beautiful…sounds like you could tackle them…

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I didn’t even know they had bread mixes until I visited. I stocked up on all sorts of yummy things and know I will be ordering from their site!

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    2. Jason Phelps’s avatar

      King Arthur is a pretty cool place. My family vacations in VT throughout the year and the trip is made to pick up baking supplies at least once.

      I haven’t mae brownies with whole grains, but it makes lots of sense. On “the list” now!

      Jason

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    3. Kerstin’s avatar

      Mmm, this is making me want to eat another brownie :) Awesome recap posts too!

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Thanks! It was so nice to meet you!

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      2. City Share’s avatar

        That’s so much fun that you went to a King Arthur Four class. Brownies are surprisingly easy, aren’t they? I went through a phase last winter when I made them all the time. Love your photos.

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        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          I honestly had no clue how easy they were! All this time I could have been making homemade brownies. . . maybe a good thing I haven’t been? ;)

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        2. RavieNomNoms’s avatar

          Look at all those NomNoms!

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        3. Shanna, Like Banana’s avatar

          I LOVE baking! My specialties are applecrisp, butterscotch chocolate oatmeal cookies, and lemon cookies :)

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        4. The Chocolate Priestess’s avatar

          I love brownies, my guys are making me brownies for my birthday party on Sunday. I like to back cookies or bars personally because they are closer to individual servings yet feel like I’m making a ton. I switched to whole grain flour some time ago after switching us to higher fiber breads and whole grain pastas. Do it a little at a time and after a while your family is even ordering whole grain at restaurants.

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          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            Have a wonderful brownie-filled birthday!

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          2. Dina’s avatar

            oh wow, nothing is better than a pot of melted chocolate for brownies :)

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            1. traveleatlove’s avatar

              Yes, I didn’t mind doing the finger test to check if the chocolate was cool enough for the eggs :) So delicious, even all by itself!

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