Old Fashioned Brownie with frosting

Old Fashioned Brownies with frosting -- A Pinch of Joy

Old Fashioned Brownies with frosting -- A Pinch of Joy

A good brownie recipe means different things to different folks. This recipe isn’t strong on the chocolate, not too sweet and is more on the cake side of the equation.   I chose it first for the lower amount of sugar and make it occasionally for that reason.    Ya know – healthy brownies.

However, every time Bytes will say “this needs frosting!”   So much for reducing carbs and calories with less sugar!  Last time he even compared it to the brownie in a certain frozen dinner.  How would he know about frozen dinners in this household?  Oh yeah—those long days of painting over the past year plus.   At any rate frosting it is.  For his half of the brownies.  Not sure how he ends up with half a pan while Wheels and I get to share the remaining half.  Something about metabolism I think.  :-)  I will admit the chocolatey-ness and creaminess of the frosting add to the yummy factor, though.

Yes, this recipe calls for baking powder though most brownie recipes do not. Maybe because it is an old recipe.  I was a little anxious the first time I whisked the cocoa into the butter, but if you use a good wire whisk it only takes a moment to make it smooth like – well, like melted chocolate.   Brownie batter is very thick so you will need to spread it into the greased pan.   Let the baked brownie cool before frosting and you will save your sanity and extra cleaning.  Any and all brownies may be good right out of the oven, but they are even better if you can contain yourself so the chocolate flavors can develop while cooling.

You might also want to check out  Classic Naked Brownies (that post explains how this short series started)  or  Cheesecake Topped Fudgy Brownies

Old Fashioned Brownie with frosting
 
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A cake like brownie, easy on the chocolate and sweetness, with a rich chocolate butter frosting!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 4 large eggs OR 5 medium eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Frosting
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2⅔ cups confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9x13 inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter in microwave and pour into large mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk in cocoa powder until smooth and then stir in vanilla and sugar.
  4. Add eggs until just well mixed.
  5. Add flour, baking powder and salt; again, until just mixed.
  6. Spread into prepared pan and bake at 350 for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Test early and do not overbake.
  7. Cool on wire rack.
Frosting
  1. Set out butter to soften before you begin making the brownies or soften in microwave for about 10 seconds.
  2. Mix cocoa powder and confectioner’s sugar together in medium bowl and cream with softened butter.
  3. Add milk and vanilla and stir until thoroughly mixed and fluffy.
  4. Spread over cooled brownies and slice into 24 2”x2” bars.
  5. Note: Frosting recipe will cut in half easily and turn out as nicely as a full batch.

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Quick and Easy Apple Cream Cheese Danish -- A Pinch of Joy

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Cream Cheese sharpened with lemon juice, topped with cinnamony apples on a barely there crust — out of this world goodness!  This is a perfect make ahead dish for a group brunch.  And sooo good hot out of the oven for a spur of the moment snack or dessert.  It is so quick and easy to make, which makes it even better.

I used no sugar added apple pie filling.  One can is okay, but two cans are better, especially if you are using this as a brunch or breakfast dish.  Prettier and more filling.  Cool the danish overnight or refrigerate after baking.  This allows the cream cheese filling to set up and the flavors to meld.  It will cut easier and look very nice on the serving plate.

On the other hand, right out of the oven — well not right out of the oven literally.  Wait 10-15 minutes before diving in so you don’t burn anything!  Eating it hot is a treat — on the messy side but delicious.  Makes a quick dessert for an evening meal or even a Sunday afternoon snack.  Or when you don’t have time to plan ahead — like most of the time around here.

Hot Apple Cream Cheese Danish -- A Pinch of Joy Be sure to use a pan with sides at least an inch high.  Or you will be adding the smell of burnt butter to your house, just as I did to make our Thanksgiving guests oh so welcome!   I had to improvise because the jelly roll pan was missing. Next time —  shuddering at the mere thought of moving again — not in the plans!!!! — but if I ever need to improvise again,  I will make an aluminum foil pan and dam on top of the cookie sheet.

Pan of Cream Cheese Apple Danish -- A Pinch of Joy

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Apple Danish
 
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Cream cheese sharpened with lemon and topped with cinnamony apple pie filling on a barely there crust -- heavenly for breakfast. Or dessert. Or anytime.
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Recipe type: Quick and Easy
Serves: 16 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 packages crescent rolls
  • 2 packages cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 cans no-sugar apple pie filling
  • ⅓ cup butter (6 tablespoons), melted
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Unroll the two packages of crescent roll dough and pat out in ungreased 11x15 jellyroll pan or cookie sheet with sides, pressing perforations together.
  3. Place the cream cheese, vanilla, lemon and ⅓ cup sugar in medium mixing bowl. Beat until fluffy.
  4. Spread cream cheese mixture across the crescent roll dough.
  5. Top with apple pie filling, distributing evenly.
  6. Mix ⅓ cup sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the pie filling.
  7. Melt butter in microwave and drizzle over the top of everything.
  8. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.

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Strawberry Dump Cake

Strawberry Dump Cake -- A Pinch of Joy

Strawberry Dump Cake -- A Pinch of Joy

I’m trying to do a better job of using fresh produce instead of letting it wilt in the refrigerator.  I had a package of fresh strawberries that flashed warning signals at me for almost a week every time I opened the refrigerator.   This morning I saw the package of strawberry cake mix in the pantry and Strawberry Dump Cake was born.

A dump cake means that dry cake mix is “dumped” over fruit that has been “dumped” in a pan and then the whole shebang is covered with melted butter.   Not quite a cobbler or a crisp but not a full fledged cake either, it is a big timesaver.  Therefore, a legitimate dessert :-)   If the cook is on a tight schedule, usually the eaters are too.  And they are looking for something fruity that tastes good.  Dump cake wins again.

The strawberries and strawberry cake mix complement each other very nicely.  I used frozen mixed berries with the strawberries since I was about half a cup short. Worked nicely.    There is enough sweetness in the cake mix that the sugar becomes a vehicle for the spices and less a sweetener.   You can substitute regular margarine, if you like, for the butter.  You can wash, hull and slice 4 cups of fresh berries in about 10 minutes.  I keep cinnamon sugar mixed and on hand so it is a matter of measuring and adding a bit of nutmeg.  In less time than it takes to preheat the oven you can have this ready to go – say about 15 minutes.

For those who were kind enough to ask – we are still having technical difficulties at A Pinch of Joy.   Computers don’t like being moved apparently as we have progressed from one problem to another !  There is a now new computer setting on my desk that has needed all sorts of tweaking to do what I want.  I have backups of everything that’s already published but not posts that were in progress so until Bytes can source the adapters needed to access the old hard drive we are in limbo.  One of these days we’ll be back to normal.  Like “before we moved and can’t find anything” normal.  Like “before we started living in first one construction zone and then another 1000 miles away” normal.   Well – that might be pushing it yet . . . . . but I am hoping.

Strawberry Dump Cake
 
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Quick and easy to make, delicious fruit dessert. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream for extra yum!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 package strawberry cake mix, approx. 15 ounces
  • ½ cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray or grease 9x13 baking pan.
  3. Spread sliced berries evenly over the pan.
  4. Mix sugar and spices together and sprinkle over the berries.
  5. Pour DRY cake mix evenly over the strawberries.
  6. Melt butter for 30 seconds in microwave and pour evenly over dry cake mix.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until top of cake is slightly browned and cooked through.
  8. Serve with ice cream or whipped topping.

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