February 21, 2010

Julie and Julia

Posted in Cooking/Baking at 3:15 AM by Margaret

Hello all,

My family and I are watching Julie and Julia, which I have seen before and abosolutely love. It is possibly my favourite movie. It is just one of those films that gives you a nice feeling in your heart, you know? And maybe it is because I like to cook/bake, and that is why I love it so much, but either way, it is definetley a movie worth seeing. For those who aren’t familiar with it, here is a quick rundown:

This movie is based off of two true stories; one about a modern day woman in a city who finds joy in cooking, and the other about Julia Child, who would later change cooking history. Here is the cover for the book written by Julie Powell:

 

And here is the movie cover:

This is a movie (and book) about two women seperated by decades, but who both find a joy in cooking. What happens when a modern day woman moving into a city gives herself the ultimate challenge: cooking through Julia Child’s cookbook in one year?  watch the movie and find out!

You can visit the official Julie and Julia movie site here: http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/julieandjulia/ and here:

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/julieandjulia/site/?hs317=julieandjulia+visitofficialsite#/Home

Whether you are into cooking or not, this is definitely a movie to watch.

And, as Julia Child would say,

Bon Appetite!

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February 2, 2010

Texas Brownies

Posted in Cooking/Baking tagged at 1:46 AM by Margaret

Here is the recipe for my mom’s “famous” Texas Brownies/Chocolate Cake.

Texas Brownies

 

 

For one 17 ½ by-11-inch baking pan, 48 brownies, you will need:

 

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine

½ cup shortening

1 cup strong brewed coffee or water

¼ cup dark, unsweetened cocoa

½ cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

Frosting:

½ cup (1stick) butter or margarine

2 Tbsp. dark cocoa

¼ cup milk

3 ½ cups unsifted powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Tips

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, substitute 2 tsp. vinegar or lemon juice. Mix into ½ cup milk. Or use powdered buttermilk. Mix according to package directions.

Preparation:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and the sugar
  2. In a heavy saucepan, combine butter, shortening, coffee or water and cocoa. Stir and heat to boiling.
  3. Pour boiling mixture over the flour and sugar in the bowl. Add the buttermilk, eggs, baking soda and vanilla.
  4. Mix well, using a wooden or high speed on electric mixer.
  5. Pour into a well buttered 17 ½ – by-11-inch jelly roll pan.
  6. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes or until brownies test done in the center.
  7. While brownies bake, prepare the frosting. In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa and milk. Heat until boiling, stirring.
  8. Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla until frosting is smooth.
  9. Pour warm frosting over brownies as soon as you take them out of the oven. Cut when cool.

Now, here’s the thing. Make sure you follow the icing derections very carefully. See, I was at a baking party, and my friend I- and I (haha- that’s funny) were baking Texas Brownies. But when we moved on to then icing, we put the icing sugar in before we were supposed to. The result? A super hard, kind of glazed over icing that made anybody who ate them sick to their stomach. Not the type of brownines we had planned on. Moral of the story? Make sure you follow baking directions very, very carefully.

I am going to leave you with that thought today.

附属的!