While at the cottage this past week, I had a craving for something chocolate. You see, in years past, our cabin would have been flooded with prepackaged junk food all summer long. One of the first things that I did on our first trip up north this season was clean out the pantry, just as I had several months ago at home. Each trip since, I have been hauling up some basic pantry staples for cooking and baking from scratch…organic sugar, sea salt, baking soda, coconut oil, spices, etc. What I had not brought up yet was cocoa powder or any source of chocolate for that matter.
So, one morning, I decided to pack the kids up and head into town to pick up some cocoa to bake something chocolate. While at home, I would tend to get online to find a new recipe, but with limited internet access even on my mobile, I had to resort to the old fashioned way of finding recipes…an actual printed cookbook.
Lucky for me, sitting up on our kitchen shelf lives a copy of a local favorite cookbook written by one of my grandmother’s friends, Maxine Henderson. It is entitled, Country Cuisine From Maxine.
While my father has raved about this little cookbook for years and I have my own copy at home, I had yet to actually use it, mainly since I never cooked until a few months ago. But after simply reading the first pages, I already know that this little book will become a good friend to me on this journey.
So, I grabbed the book and sat down with my son who was excited to be my assistant in creating a sweet cottage treat. We had originally set out to find a cake (cupcake) recipe, however when I got to the brownies, I knew that was it! I have a real weakness for fudgy chocolate brownies and I was over due for some.
Brownies it was! And with a couple of tweaks (coconut oil instead of shortening and baking soda instead of baking powder), we had all the ingredients needed for the following simple yet delicious batch of brownies. (Side note: I choose to avoid baking powder due to likely GMO ingredients)
Fudgy Chocolate Brownies
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup organic cane sugar
5 Tbs cocoa
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 eggs (unbeaten)
1 tsp vanilla
Mix all ingredients together with a mixer on medium speed.
Pour and spread batter into pan and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.
Allow to cool before cutting. I cooled mine in the lakeside breeze atop the picnic table.
Cut, serve and enjoy.