Saturday, November 3, 2012

Brownies from Amish starter

I decided that the thing that I hadn't tried to make from the starter was brownies.  There were two recipes on the Friendship Bread website but I decided that the first one was too much like the regular bread and muffins that I had already made so I tried the second recipe.  I figured that before the Halloween party was a good time to try because then there would be a lot of taste tasters to give their opinion and if it wasn't any good as a brownie, it would still make a good cake. 

This was the last of the dishes that I made so my counter was already a mess with the remains of the cinnamon bread and gingerbread coating the counter.  I didn't take any pictures at the beginning but I dumped everything into the bowl and mixed.

Then, I added the mini chocolate chips which I have in the freezer.  I was going to go with the regular ones but I hadn't tried the recipe before so I wasn't sure since the recipe specifically calls for the mini chips.  They mixed into the thick batter really easily so I was happy that I went with that kind.

It was a really thick batter and actually stayed in one place in the pan.  Check out that mound:

Since I realized that this wasn't like other brownies,  I spread it in the pan with a spatula and tried to get it as even as possible....  How do you think I did?

I thought it was better than it was but the baking process brought out ever edge and bump.  But look how easily it cut.  Have you ever seen a brownie that cut that easily?  Me Neither!!!

I cut them and put a little frosting on that people won't notice.  Here was my test piece to make sure that no one gets poisioned :)

They aren't the most brownie tasting thing but they were an interesting change.  I don't think that I would make it again but I am glad that I tried them.  I had a friend over to taste test and he said that they taste like those low fat brownies and I think that is the best description but of course, then you want them to be healthier and they are not any healthier then the normal ones.  Two other people tried them and I got the same review.

Of well,  it was worth a try and all my hard work paid off.  I used up three cups today in three recipes and I bagged up four bags to hand out to friends at the party tomorrow so I am left with only one cup left!!!  I am super excited to be better able to handle the starter situation that was taking over the house. 

Here is the recipe in case you want to try them:

Brownies II

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16
Yield: 1-9×13 pan

1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
3 eggs
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 small box instant chocolate pudding
1/2 bag of mini chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
  2. Mix eggs, melted butter, milk and vanilla with the starter.
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a second bowl.
  4. Combine together.
  5. Add chocolate chips.
  6. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 cake pan.
  7. Pour batter into pan.
  8. Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
Kitchen Notes
This is a cake-like brownie, and fairly dense.

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