Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fool-Proof Pop-Overs

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk, warmed for 30 seconds in the microwave (should be lukewarm to warm)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Special equipment: muffin tin
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Using a pastry brush, coat 8-12 muffin cups with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter and put the tin in the oven for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the eggs in a blender, or with a hand-held mixer until light yellow. Add the warmed milk and blend. Add the flour, salt and remaining melted butter, and blend until smooth. Pour the batter into the warmed muffin tin and return it to the oven to bake until golden, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

(I've made them without buttering the pan, just spraying with cooking spray, and it worked no problem.  Just cut the butter that's added to the mix down to 2 Tbsp)

Posted By: Megan

Monday, August 29, 2011

Black Bean Brownies

  • Butter, for greasing pan
  • 3/4 cup cooked black beans 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, or olive oil 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, for dusting (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 9-inch square baking pan.
In a blender, puree the beans with the oil. Add the eggs, cocoa, sugar, coffee (if using), and vanilla. Melt half the chocolate chips and add to the blender. Blend on medium-high until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the blender and pulse until just incorporated. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake until the surface looks somewhat matte around the edges and still a bit shiny in the middle, about 20 minutes. Let cool at least 15 minutes before cutting and removing from the pan. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve.

Posted By: Megan