My husband and I went to see The Hobbit the other night.
The truth? We weren't super impressed. I don't know...maybe it was the movie theater's chairs. Yeah, that could be it- they were super uncomfy. And at 2 hours and 49 minutes long, a nice comfy movie chair would have been nice.
Eh, maybe it wasn't just the chair. I mean...we went with a friend too- and they weren't as impressed as they thought they'd be either.
Are we just all ridiculous?
I mean hear me out. We all saw the multitude of the Lord of the Rings movies...you know 1,000 years ago. We waited in line to see them. Or some of them. We all liked them. Well, honestly me less than the rest. I don't know- maybe hobbits and dwarves and rings aren't my sort of thing. But I mean, I wasn't bored with the movies. They were just, "good". My husband loved them. LOVED them. We even have the PlayStation video games.
So when he knew The Hobbit was being made, he was stoked. Which, in turn, got me all excited for it as well. We ran to the local used bookstore, bought a copy of the book, and he began reading right away. Every now and then he'd share something super funny or quirky, or plain neat about the book and that would increase our excitement for the movie.
But then when we sat through the almost 3 hours...it...just was ok. I mean.. there were parts (surprise surprise) that weren't in the book *cough*samewithBreakingDawn2*cough*cough. Big parts too- parts that kind of took away from the main story (at least how my husband saw the story in the book). The parts he was most excited to see were either small teensie aspects or left out altogether. Really, Hobbit makers?
I don't know...like I said- maybe it's just us.
So upon our movie going disappointment we needed something comforting. Something warm and lovely- like a good hug. Brownies. They're most definitely the "hug" of comfort foods.
These, like all brownies, should be eaten with a spoon right out of the baking pan as soon as your mouth can handle it's temperature. These are light and airy, and perfect if you ask me. No need to get fancy- no plates necessary. Unless that's your thing. Then bake, allow to cool 10-15 minutes and plate up. Drizzle with homemade caramel or homemade chocolate sauce too! Or shoot, top with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and eat your movie going feelings away.
Truffle BrowniesMakes one 9x13" pan or about 12 large squares
Adapted from Martha Stewart
- 1 stick (4oz) sweet cream butter
- 6oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped up
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups vanilla sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- ½ cup whole milk, room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325*F. Butter a 9”x13” pan and add parchment so that it covers bottom of pan as well as up the sides.
- Melt chocolate and butter over a double boiler until fully incorporated and melted. Once melted, remove from heat and set aside.
- While that’s melting, with paddle attachment, beat sugar and eggs until light and fluffy or "creamed". About 7 minutes.
- When egg/sugar mix is fluffy, slowly add milk and vanilla extract. Scrape sides and mix again.
- Cool butter/chocolate mix a tad, and then slowly add to egg/sugar/milk/vanilla mix. Scrape down sides of bowl, and mix again.
- Sift all dry ingredients together and mix slowly into batter until fully incorporated. Do not over mix or else you could risk having dense brownies (and not in a good way).
- Bake 30-45 min, turning half way through baking. Check your brownies after 30 min, and then every 5 min. Done when skewer comes out with crumbs and is slightly pulling away from sides. Let cool just enough to handle and eat eat eat!
For printable recipe, click here.
As for me, I'm off to watch The Notebook again.