|Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Glaze |
Growing up my mantra might have been “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee!”. If you know the jingle from their television commercials I apologize for this being stuck in your head for the rest of the day. And even if you don’t know the jingle I hope you know Sara Lee. Sara Lee was cheesecakes with cherries and graham cracker crusts all in a foil pan and a cardboard top. For all I know they still may make those, but I know what they don’t make. They don’t make their chocolate fudge brownies any more. And that is sad. Very, very sad.
Sara Lee’s chocolate fudge brownies were one thing we always looked forward to when my parents went out for the evening or the weekend or on vacation. That and Gino’s pizza rolls. And maybe a few Swanson TV dinners. But back to brownies. I don’t ever remember my mother baking brownies. She did bake chocolate chip cookies. She made a Heath Bar cake. I remember a few bundt cakes and apple pies but I don’t remember brownies. And I love brownies.
I prefer fudgy brownies over cake brownies. I don’t like mixes but one day I’ll tell you my secret for mixes which comes in handy if you need a pan of brownies at the last minute for a school function. Though they involve a mix they are truly decadent. But other than those I stay away from mixes. Just because I can, I guess. However, I’ve always been on a search for something similar to Sara Lee.
There was always something special about the cold brownies straight from the freezer. We would thaw them just a bit while getting ready to savor our first bite. One bite through the thick chocolate glaze and then deeper into the fudgey brownie insides laden with tiny walnut chunks would send a child to heaven. But what really sent me over the top was our baby sitter’s treatment of the brownies. No joke. I still remember the time she cut the 8′ foil pan of iced fudgy brownies into 4 pieces. One for her and three for us kids. She was very clearly not my mother. My mother would cut us pieces that were 1 inch squares. We loved our babysitter. And she rewarded us with treasure in the form of fudgey brownies.
Not long ago I came across this recipe from a site I read, Creative Culinary
. Barb does a lot of alcoholic beverages which are fun to read about (though I’d be happier drinking them) and also a variety of other dishes. This brownie was one that featured pinot noir and though that sounded great, what caught my eye was the way the brownie looked. It looked like I remember Sara Lee brownies looking like. And for that alone I say, THANK YOU BARB! (Soon, I’m going to meet Barb and I can’t wait. I’ve never personally met another blogger before. Oooh, my heart is pounding with anticipation!)
So to make a long story short I made the brownies. AND they are about as close to SARA LEE as I think I’m ever going to find. I didn’t use the red wine but I did use milk the first time and coffee the second. Truthfully, I couldn’t tell the difference. If you need a simple but decadent brownie this is it. And I know no one ever needs a brownie but sometimes your day goes a bit better with one. That’s all I’m sayin’. Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.
So I could type out this recipe but I really think you should just click HERE
and go see it at Barb’s site-Creative Culinary. Her pictures are much better than mine and well, it’s always good to pass the love along. And I promise these are brownies you are going to love!
|I promise these are 2″ pieces! |
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