For my entry, I would like to tell you how to make brownies when you have young children (including two young toddlers) in the house. I did not include the exact recipe because the steps apply to most recipes, but it is Mint Chocolate Brownies. By clicking on the the highlighted words in the previous sentence, you can see the recipe, where I posted it on a recipe blog that I contribute to. Here goes:
How to Make Brownies- with young children in the house
-Be patient about the mess- it can always be cleaned up later.
-Read the recipe and make sure you have everything. (Walk frantically over to neighbors house and ask for an egg when you realize you are one short and be grateful for good neighbors!!)
Okay, we are ready! Let's make Brownies!!!
Give the toddlers (in my case, the girls- Ellen & Meghan) a snack to occupy them
Allow the dog to clean up the snack that the girls just threw on the floor without eating. At least you don't have to take time to get the dust buster out....
Preheat the oven to correct temperature and butter and flour the pan. Set aside.
Clean up mess of cereal spilled on the floor because you forgot to latch the cabinet....
Whisk together the flour (measured into measuring cup with a spoon), baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Remove the climbing child from the table.
Melt chocolate and butter in double boiler. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool a bit.
Remove the other climbing child from the table.
Beat in sugar until well mixed. Add eggs one at a time, beating in each one until fully incorporated.
(Step 9 1/2- if child is cracking eggs, pick egg shells out of batter before mixing...)
Step 10: Repeat steps 6&8
Add in required flavorings (in this case, vanilla and peppermint) and beat well.
Step 12: Resolve fight between quarreling toddlers
Stir in flour mixture with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, just until incorporated- do not over mix!
Step 14: Repeat steps 6&8
Step 15: Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake 30 min. or until done.
Make the childrens' day by allowing them to lick the beaters (while YOU get the bowl and spoon!!), realizing the chance of food borne illness in this case is highly unlikely and worth the risk!
Change the two diapers that have been stinking up the kitchen the last several minutes.
Have the children help clean up the mess.
Step 19: When brownies are done, remove from oven and place pan on cooling rack.
Prepare icing and spread gently on brownies when completely cool
Step 21: Repeat steps 6&8
Enjoy the fruits of your labors..... and ponder whether or not it is really worth it to bake ever again while your children are little...