This recipe for triple-chocolate brownies has been in our family for generations. I believe this another of those recipes that got clipped from a weekly newspaper’s food column by one of my grandmothers. I’ve made adjustments to it over the years, using butter as opposed to margarine and adding chocolate chips and nuts.
The brownies are very moist and may be made a day in advance. Don’t cut them into squares until they are completely cool and hold their shape. Use an 8” x 8” x 2” square pan, lightly greased and you’ll end up with 16 two-inch square brownies.
The nuts are optional and if you have a group that is divided over nuts, sprinkle some on half the top and all will be happy.
These triple-chocolate brownies are quick and easy to make and a real crowd pleaser. Don’t hesitate to serve with a scoop of ice cream on the side!
Brownies are an all-time favorite and these triple- chocolate brownies bring three times the flavor! Quick and easy to prepare.
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup milk chocolate chips
½ cup chopped walnuts, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly grease an 8-inch by 8-inch by 2-inch baking pan.
Place the butter and chocolate in a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl and melt over low heat, stirring occasionally. Once the butter is melted, take off heat to stir the chocolate to help it melt. Don’t let the mixture get too hot or the chocolate will seize.
Stir in the sugar and vanilla extract, which helps cool the chocolate.
Add eggs and vanilla and beat lightly. Beating too hard will incorporate air and create a less dense brownie.
Stir in the flour mixing until all the flour has been incorporated.
Stir in the chips and nuts, if using, until thoroughly blended.
Spread mixture into the greased baking pan.
Top the brownie batter with the walnuts, if desired.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes; the rownies are done when top looks cracked and the sides have pulled away slightly. A toothpick inserted in the middle should show a moist crumb.
Apple pie is a family favorite. Apple orchards are plentiful in Rochester, NY, my hometown and we always had a nice assortment of varieties on hand and drank lots of fresh-pressed apple cider. Deep Dish Apple Pie is just an excuse to use more apples!
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I think most people are familiar with apple pie ala mode, but in our family, the pie was always served with sliced extra-sharp Cheddar cheese on the side. The cider mills we bought our apples and cider at also sold cheese. After all, cheese and apples are a natural pairing!
For a more interesting and complex pie, use at least three types of apples, such as Granny Smith, McIntosh and Rome. The sweet, tart and soft, firm textures blend nicely. Nuts, raisins and/or dried cranberries are a nice way to mix it up a little, the nuts provide texture and the dried fruit soaks up the apple juices.
Don’t forget to pierce the top of the pie dough several times. This allows the steam to escape and keeps your crust intact. The egg wash creates a shiny, golden brown crust – don’t skip it.
I’ve never seen a pie recipe that suggests buttering the pie pan. I think the high fat content of the pie dough makes everyone think it won’t stick, but it does. Those juices leak out and the crimped crust breaks off and the bottom crust doesn’t easily release. So save those butter wrappers from the pastry dough and use them to butter the pie pan. You can thank me later!
This recipe calls for a double crust, add 2 tablespoons sugar to the recipe for a sweet crust.
The pie can be frozen uncooked and baked from the frozen state. Wrap tightly and store for only a month. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 and bake another hour or until the apples tender when pierced with a knife.
For a more interesting and complex pie, use at least three types of apples, such as Granny Smith, McIntosh and Rome. The sweet, tart and soft, firm textures blend nicely. Nuts, raisins and/or dried cranberries are a nice way to mix it up a little, the nuts provide texture and the dried fruit soaks up the apple juices. Serve with extra-sharp Cheddar cheese on the side. The pie can be frozen uncooked and baked from the frozen state. Wrap tightly and store for only a month. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 and bake another hour or until the apples tender when pierced with a knife.
One double-crust pie recipe with sugar
9 apples, peeled, cored and cut into eighths (~ 2.5 pounds)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
juice of one lemon
¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts, optional
¼ cup raisins, optional
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon coarse salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 egg lightly beaten
Combine the apple slices, lemon zest, lemon juice, chopped walnuts, raisins, sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Pour mixture into a prepared bottom crust in a 10-inch deep dish pie pan and tuck in the fruit to fit tightly.
Cover with the top crust, crimp, and cut steam wholes.
Brush crust with the egg wash.
Bake in preheated oven for one hour, or until apples are soft when pierced with a knife.
Have you ever wondered what to do with the few little pieces of pastry left over after trimming the pastry off your pie or tart? Don’t waste those pastry scraps, they make delightful pastry treats with almost no effort!
Cut them into a pieces that can be devoured in a couple of bites. Place these on a parchment lined baking sheet and plop a dollop of your favorite jelly in the middle, or a shake a little cinnamon and sugar over them.
Bake these in the oven (350 degrees F) with your pie for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove, cool, make a cup of tea and reward yourself with these crispy, sweet delights!