Baked Goods

Brownies Baked on the Big Green Egg

Once you build up a nice set of coals on your smoker (in my case, a Green Egg) you have enough heat to cook a whole meal, not just your BBQ main. In fact, I feel absolutely compelled to use that fire to produce something tasty. After I cooked up my ribs the other night ( a roughly four-hour process) I still had plenty of heat left to bake some brownies for dessert. We were in the mood for some real chocolate goodness, so I tried out a recipe I spotted in Food Network magazine some time ago.

Fudgy Brownies

Set up your smoker for indirect heat at 325 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch pan with cooking spray. (Alternatively, you can butter and flour your pan.) Melt 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips and 1 stick butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring. Off the heat, whisk in 3/4 cup each light brown sugar and granulated sugar; cool slightly. Whisk in 4 eggs, one at a time, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in 1 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Brownies

Spread in the pan.

Brownies

Bake 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean.

Brownies

Cool on a rack, then cut into squares.

Brownies

Ingredient note: the boy highly recommends you use Toll House dark chocolate chips because they produce a richer result. (“It’s more sweeter,” he says.) I love the ease of the recipe and the fact that it can bake away in your BGE while you get on to the important job of eating dinner.

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North/South Night

About six or seven years ago, the hubby and I came up with a tradition we like to call North/South Night. It was a Thursday and I was close to the end of a stressful week of work. I needed a drink — a strong one. The hubby had come home late from an Aikido class. He was up for a yummy snack. He started making some homemade buttermilk biscuits. I suggested some Manhattans. And North/South Night was born.

I’ll admit, the pairing isn’t necessarily an obvious one. We think the richness of a warm biscuit topped with butter and honey is a solid match for the straight alcohol sting of a well-mixed Manhattan. But, if you don’t agree, please feel free to make them separately.

The hubby is the family baker and he likes this Fluffy Biscuits recipe he found on Allrecipes.com — he just subs in buttermilk for the milk called for in the original. First, he puts together the dry ingredients…

Biscuits

And then adds the vegetable shortening and mixes it in gently with his hands.

Biscuits

Then he combines the wet ingredients.

Biscuits

And pours the wet stuff into the dry stuff.

Biscuits

And mixes them together until they look like this.

Biscuits

He kneads the dough and then cuts it into individual portions.

Biscuits

And oh-so-gently pats them out and puts them on a cookie sheet.

Biscuits

And pops them in the oven for a bit.

Oven

While those fine biscuits bake, we start mixing up the Manhattans…

Manhattans (serves 2)

4 oz bourbon

1 oz sweet vermouth

2-3 dashes of bitters

2 Maraschino cherries

Combine first three ingredients in shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into chilled martini glasses. Dunk a maraschino cherry in each glass.

You should end up with something that looks like this:

Manhattan

Try not to drink the whole Manhattan while you wait for the biscuits. If so, repeat steps above. You’ll know the biscuits are done when they look like this:

Biscuits

Just load them with some butter and honey…

Biscuits

And serve up with your lovely beverage for a tasty late night treat.

North/South Night

Trust me, sweetie, when I tell you that you do not want to know how many calories are in this potent combination. Just consider it a well-earned splurge and enjoy every blissful bite and sinful sip. You have undoubtedly earned it.

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