Sunday, March 9, 2008

Mommy/Daughter Baking Adventure with Zaylee

Zaylee was in need of some Mommy time, so I decided that we would get together in the kitchen for some baking fun. We made Rocky Road Brownies. I'll put the recipe at the end of this post.

This is Zaylee stirring the eggs. She had fun breaking the yolks with the spoon! (p.s., don't you love her little apron?)

Zaylee took a while to warm up to the electric mixer, but after a while, she was excited to be able to guide my hand while I mixed the ingredients.

Zaylee proved to be an excellent helper, stirring the dry ingredients while I melted the butter.

Here is our delicious-looking batter, ready for the pan, which Zaylee enthusiastically greased for me.

She really enjoyed brushing the shortening into the pan. I had to make sure she didn't put in too much because she was having so much fun. Dip it in the shortening, brush it on the pan, repeat!

After putting the brownies in the oven, Zaylee lost no time in cleaning up. She was such a great helper!

I cleaned up a bit too. Can you blame me? Brownie batter is just so dang good!

They're out of the oven! Now for the hardest part - waiting for them to cool. They're impossible to cut properly if they're still warm; the topping is too gooey.

The finished product, in all its gooey, chocolatey, delicious glory.

Now for the recipe:

Rocky Road Brownies

4 eggs
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 pan.

Beat eggs in large bowl until foamy; gradually beat in sugar. Add butter and vanilla; beat until blended. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture, beating until blended. Spread batter into prepared pan.

Bake 22 minutes. While baking, stir together chocolate chips, marshmallows, and nuts. Set aside. After the 22 minutes of baking, sprinkle chocolate chip mixture over top of brownies. Continue baking 5 minutes or until marshmallows have softened and puffed slightly. Cool completely. With wet knife (necessary to keep the marshmallows and chocolate chips from sticking), cut into squares. Enjoy!

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