Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Shakes, Brownies, Photography & More

I never thought I'd like a milkshake with honey, peanut butter, and banana. Whenever I hear a dessert has honey in it, that is usually it for me. I don't make it or I am hesitant to try it. But, when I tried this, my taste buds said get the recipe! And it has what, only 5 ingredients, how easy is that!?! So, thanks to my friend Joss for giving me the recipe. I haven't been able to make it quite as well as she did for me, but hopefully I will be able to with practice.
"Banana & Peanut Butter Milkshake"
1 to 1/4 banana
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
5 to 12 ice cubes
Put all ingredients in a blender, blend well. One serving.
Now this seriously is not healthy what-so-ever. These are the best looking brownies I have ever made. They were so tall and begging for pictures to be taken. I thought they were a little dry (the rest of the family didn't seem to notice), so will undercook them a little next time. Dry brownies I cannot eat. But, without furthur adoe, here is the recipe:
"Cakey Brownies"
1 cup unsalted butter ( I used salted butter)
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups Dutch process cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 large eggs
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional) *I didn't put nuts in my batch*
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan. In a medium sized microwave bowl, or in a medium saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Stir in the cocoa, salt , baking powder, and vanilla, Whisk in the eggs one at a time and add the water, stirring until smooth. Add the flour and nuts and chips, again stirring until smooth. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the brownies for 28 to 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. The brownies should feel set both on the edges and in the center. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack before frosting, cutting, & serving.
"Chocolate Ganache Icing"
1/2 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
1 cup chocolate chips or chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
In a microwave safe bowl, or in a small saucepan set over medium heat, heat the cream until it's very hot. You should see wisps of steam beginning to rise from it, and some very tiny bubbles around the edge. Add the chocolate chips to the cream and stir until smooth. Don't panic - at first, the mixture will look disarmingly soupy, but keep on stirring. Eventually it will become a rich brown, thick, shiny spreadable icing.
**I stirred my Ganache for about 15 minutes and it still wasn't thick enough to put on the brownies so I stuck it in the freezer for about 15 minutes. It was then perfect for spreading. Once I frosted them I then refrigerated then for a little while too.**

Me at the beach in Carlsbad hair flying and all - the beach is simply beautiful.
I really enjoy taking pictures of anything, mainly people and food. This is a picture I took of my friend and then used a program to make it like this:


Barbara Bakes said...

That brownie looks so good it makes me hungry!

Anonymous said...

Just found you blog and love it! What great recipes to try!!

Brooke said...

Looks like you have been...more great recipes. Thanks for sharing.

Lucy said...

Those brownies look awesome. I feel a chocolate attack coming on & there's none in the house except chocolate chips ;-)

I'm just loving your picture w/u up in the air on that wonderful beach, that had to be a great day ;-)

OhioMom said...

Chocolate heaven! Lucy I have been known to munch on choco bits :)

Love your pics!!!!

Theresa said...

OMG! Those brownies, CHOCOLATE HEAVEN!! That definitely satisfies the chocolate craving!

Rebekah said...

yummy! Those types of milkshakes are my favorite! I love honey and peanut butter.

~Priscilla~ said...

Barbara - thanks, my brothers were devouring it.:)

bakingblonde - thank you!! hope to see you back, let me know if you try any of my recipes.

Brooke - not a problem! thanks for reading my blog!

Lucy - yes, definetly a chocolate attack here. and yes again - the day at the beach was beautiful!

OhioMom - thank you....this would be any chocolate lovers delight.

Theresa - it satisfied my brothers craving!! ha ha.

Rebekah - i didin't think i'd like a honey milkshake but i am glad i was so wrong!

Pam said...

The milkshake sounds great - my son would love it! The brownies with frosting look outstanding - I am sure they were tasty. You take wonderful pictures!

Rosie said...

Awesome brownies gosh I do need a brownie fix now lol ;)

Lovely pics & nice one of your friend jumping :

Rosie x

Cooking and the City said...

Great pics Priscilla & the brownie and milkshake look yummy :-)

Jessica said...

I love your photos- what type of camera do you use?
Thanks for the cakey brownie recipe-it looks delish!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wish i could eat it. Looks yummy and gr8.

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Wow that milk shake looks great, and so does that brownie!! Yum!

Cate said...

Mmm, love brownies and the ganache looks delicious.

Yasmeen said...

I liked you Banana shake recipe. Lovely images.

Jaime said...

that last photo is so cool!

i love a good banana milkshake. the one i have made in the past does not have PB but has bananas and sweetened condensed milk instead of honey - also ice cream instead of milk - so it's super yummy!