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Chocolate Brownie + Apple Crisp = ?

Math does not come naturally to me.

How did I get through calculus?

I memorized my way out of it…the different question types…and predicted which ones would be on the exams.

Not natural at all.

Unlike the equation above, the answer of which is…brownie crisp!

If you make peach crisp in August, apple crisp in November, then naturally you would make brownie crisp in February.

It makes a lot of sense, doesn’t  it?

The honey in the oatmeal topping cuts through the chocolatey-ness like a ray of warmth and I think you would enjoy the textural contrast between the tender/gooey brownie and the crisp/crunchy topping also.

My only regret?

I didn’t have vanilla ice cream. 😦

Brownie Crisp
makes a 9×9 square pan

for the topping:
1 c. oats
1/3 c. flour
1/4 c. butter, melted
3 Tbsp. honey
pinch salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

for the brownie:
1/2 c. butter
2/3 c. chocolate chips or 4 oz. semisweet chocolate
1 c. sugar
1 large egg
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. dried instant coffee powder
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 c. flour

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. To prepare the topping, combine everything and mix until beginning to clump together. Set aside.(sidenote: I think this mixture would be great baked on its own and eaten as granola)
3. To prepare the brownie, melt butter and chocolate together in a double broiler or a bowl over a pot of simmering water.
4. Add the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
5. Add the cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Stir until blended.
6. Pour the brownie mixture into a greased 9 inch square pan. Sprinkle the oatmeal mixture on top.
7. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown.

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Lime Bars

I taught my sister how to throw a frisbee properly today. She caught on very fast after a few instructions. I’m very proud of her. Go Carolyn!

I didn’t have lemons, so I made lime bars instead. The original recipe called for both lemon and lime, it was taken from The Best Bake Sale Ever Cookbook by Barbara Grunes. To see a review of this book, click here.

These bars are very tart and lime-y. If you don’t like tart citrus bars then this is not for you. I love sour things and thus love all lemon bars and lime bars alike. However, these bars are a bit overly egg-y for my taste. Just a little bit.

The crust is buttery and does melt in your mouth. There is grated lime zest in it to kick up the lime flavour. Dust with a bit of confectioner’s sugar before serving.

Lime Bars
adapted from The Best Bake Sale Ever Cookbook
makes one 8×8 square pan

Crust:
1 c. all purpose flour
1/2 confectioner’s sugar
grated zest from 2 limes
6 Tbsp. butter, cold

Filling:
1/3 c. squeezed lime juice, appr. 2 limes
1 c. sugar
4 eggs
3 Tbsp. flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. For the crust, whisk together the sugar, flour, and lime zest. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles rolled oats. Press into an ungreased 8×8 square baking pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly brown around the edges.

Meanwhile, make the filling. Whisk together the eggs, juice, and sugar until well blended. Stir in the flour until smooth. Pour over hot, just-baked crust. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes until the filling is set.

Chill a bit before cutting, they will turn out prettier than mine. Dust with confectioner’s sugar to prevent the top from becoming too sticky.

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