It´s been a long and cold winter. Today is the first day since november it´s rather warm. It´s been almost constant snow for about 4 months now. I´d like to think that spring is here! The good thing about Iceland and spring is the daylight, now it starts getting bright outside around 6.30 in the morning and the sun goes down around 8.30 in the evening. I welcome that after a long dark winter.
I haven´t had an alarm clock for about 10 years now. I haven´t been on a 9-5 job for a long time and for the last 10 years I´ve been my own boss, and for the last 2 years a stay at home mom with a little girl who likes to cuddle. But without an alarm clock I always got up at least around 9. I am the early to bed, not too late up type.
But, lately I´ve been having the urge to get up very early. For weeks now I have been up at 6.30 or 7. It is nice. I get so many things done while the others sleep and my brain is so fresh. I find it even more refreshing now that I have the daylight with me when I get up.
I recommend you try it, for a week maybe, to get up an hour earlier than usually and use the time for your creative work, not to read the newspaper, make breakfast for the family or cleaning,…well, unless it´s very creative cleaning : )
It´s the weekend now, Saturday, and I am up at 6.30… maybe I ´m just getting old. Well, enough about this early bird talk. Here is the perfect Brownies recipe for the weekend.
I don´t bake brownies or chocolate cakes often. I find them dry and uninteresting because I am not much of a baker. But this time I found a great recipe and I also think my baking skills are getting better. That happens when you have kids I guess, less red wine and cheese – more cake and milk…
These Brownies became both moist and caramel chewy in a very good way.
- 80 g unsweetened cocoa powder
Heat oven at 160°c (325 f).
Put a rack in middle of owen.
Put parchment paper in a oven proof baking pan, an 8 x 8 inch or so. Have it reach the edges of the baking pan.
Melt togeather butter, sugar, cocoa and salt.
Put it in the mixing bowl and cooll down for a bit, add vanilla and the eggs, one at a time.
Add the flour. I used Kitchen Aid and it worked well, they talk about 40 strokes with a spoon after adding the flour.
Spread cake mix in the baking pan.
Bake for 30 minutes or until centre is slightly moist.
Lift the cake out of baking pan by holding on to the parchment paper that are reaching the edges of the pan.
Let cool on a rack.
I love Brownies with a bit of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream…
My little helper in the kitchen loved these Brownies, before and after it went in the oven.