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12 days cookiesWelcome to Day One of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Today is all about sharing a dessert recipe. While I absolutely love cookies, one of my favorite things to bake is cakes, especially chocolate layer cakes. I love finding and trying new recipes. When I lived in the north, it was largely for self preservation as the warmth of the oven helped heat the house. Now, living in the south, it’s more pleasure based.

Recently, I stumbled across this awesome looking recipe for Fudgy Salted Brownies.

12 days fudgye salted brownies

Not quite layers of moist cake, but still decadent. I have yet to try it, but it’s only list.

Ingredients

2 sticks (1 Cup) unsalted butter                                                                                                        8 oz. bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao), coarsely chopped, such as Ghiradelli                      1 1/4 cups (6 1/2 oz.) all-purpose flour                                                                                             1 teaspoon baking powder                                                                                                                  1 1/2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder                                                                                                  3/4 teaspoon kosher salt                                                                                                                    2 cups (14 oz.) granulated sugar                                                                                                       4 large eggs at room temperature                                                                                             2 teaspoons vanilla extract                                                                                                           fleur de sel

Directions

1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with butter, line pan with parchment paper leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides.

2. Melt butter and chocolate in a medium heatproof mixing bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.

3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt in a small mixing bowl.

4. Whisk together sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl, then pour in chocolate mixture (from step 2), whisking until combined well. Whisk in flour mixture (from step 3) and transfer batter to baking pan. Smooth out the batter with a spatula and generously sprinkle the surface with fleur de del.

5. Bake until the top is shiny, the sides have begun to pull away slightly from the pan and the center has puffed up but is still slightly jiggly (a wooden toothpick or skewer would not come out clean). About 45- 50 minutes.

6. Cool brownies completely in the pan on a wire rack. Gently transfer brownies from the pan to a cutting board using the parchment sling and remove paper. The edges will be quite crisp. For fudgy brownies through and through (and a neater appearance) trim away the edges before cutting into squares. Discard trimmings or share with someone who prefers crisp, chewy brownies.

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Now, properly armed with something for our sweet tooth, here is something for our hard-to-satisfy reading habit.  My guest for Day One is Jeanne Hardt.  Her book is  called From the Ashes of Atlanta.

Jeanne cover

 

After losing his Atlanta home and family to the war, Confederate soldier, Jeb Carter, somehow wakes up in a Boston hospital. Alone, desperate, and with a badly broken leg, he pretends to be mute to save himself from those he hates—Yankees.

 Gwen Abbott, a student at Boston Women’s Medical College, is elated when she’s allowed to study under the guidance of a prominent doctor at Massachusetts General. While forced into a courtship with a man she can scarcely tolerate, her thoughts are consumed with their mysterious new patient. If only he could talk.

 Two strangers from different worlds, joined by fate. Perhaps love can speak without words and win a war without a single shot being fired.

Jeanne hardt

Buy link on Amazon. http://amzn.to/1zzDiim

Website address (blog) : www.jeannehardt.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JEANNEHARDTAUTHOR

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/jeannehardt

Twitter: @jeannehardt

 

OK, check back tomorrow for Day Two of the Twelve Days of Christmas!

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