So after I cursed myself for marrying into a frighteningly large family, I realized that this was yet another chance to bring an uninvited dessert! Last week to took the peanut butter filled chocolate cupcakes to my mother-in-law’s but didn’t tell her I was bringing them. This actually helped me deal with my simultaneous needs of baking and dieting. (Admittedly, it also satisfied my need to do unto her…) Personally, I would never think to do bring a dessert to a hostess’s house unannounced. I have come to learn, however, that in Iran it is apparently a proper custom — one to which I am now going to take full advantage! Given the pace of these family dinners I guess I ought to start thinking ahead — I didn’t have much on hand today for any fancy cupcake or pie. My Persian relatives would have to “settle” for the quintessential American dessert: The Brownie. A more appropriate thing for me to bring I couldn’t think of. and it will be the perfect antidote to any rose water flavored whatsit they might have on hand to go with tea after dinner!
Now, I don’t really get into the “which is the best brownie” contest that seems to be a national pastime. People like what they like. (If you ask me, if you have to put frosting on it, it isn’t really a brownie.) I don’t even make brownies that often though I have amassed quite a few recipes over the years — all from people who claim theirs is “the best”. Before I made these particular lovelies, however, I was thinking of making “the brownie” a regular pursuit of this blog. I gotta tell ya however, that these here are quite good and I’ll probably be making these for awhile before I start feeling experimental again. I found this particular recipe at smittenkitchen.com and it mostly appealed to me due to its utilization of cocoa and not baking chocolate (something to which my pantry never seems to have in the ready). No chocolate chips. Just cocoa. Simple ingredients most people always have on hand. So this just makes it perfect for today’s unplanned, uninvited dessert for Aunt Vicky’s party! I had some very high quality “rouge” cocoa in the pantry just waiting for such a recipe like this to show off its rich, earthy flavor. I know my Persian audience will appreciate a pure cocoa brownie without any danger of a cloyingly sweet chocolate based brownie with chocolate chips or even worse, frosting! (Blech.)
Best Cocoa Brownies
(Note: All this talk about univited desserts reminds me of Alanis Morissette’s song, “Uninvited”. I love this particular mix of the song which I will now christen as the official theme song of the Uninvited Dessert blog posts at Sis. Boom. [blog!] )