Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Heaven in a Pan

I have a few recipes to share that are to die for. Last night I made Barefoot Contessa's, "Outrageous Brownies" for my husband, Skip, and father-in-law. They are nothing short of amazing! When you see the ingredients you will know why.

1 lb. unsalted butter
1 lb plus 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips, divided
6 oz unsweetened chocolate
6 extra-large eggs
3 tbs instant coffee powder
2 tbs real vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup flour divided (1c for batter and 1/4c in the chips)
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt

preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 by 18 by 1 1/2 inch sheet pan. (I used a 13x9" pan. If you do this the brownies will take around 20 longer to cook)
Melt together the butter, 1 lb. chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate on top of a double boiler (I rested one of my stainless mixing bowls in a pot of boiling water.) Cool slightly. Stir together the eggs, instant coffee, vanilla, and sugar. Stir in the warm chocolate mixture and cool to room temp.
Stir together 1 cup of the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the 12 ounces of chocolate chips with 1/4 cup flour to coat. Then add to the chocolate batter. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tester just comes out clean. Halfway through the baking, rap the pan against the oven shelf to allow air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Do not over-bake! Cool thoroughly, refrigerate well and cut into squares.

The other recipe is what I call "Becky's Lasagna" (it came from our pal Becky). I made a few changes to the original recipe. This is the best lasagna both of us have ever had.
1 package of lasagna noodles
1 lb of ground turkey
1/2 lb Italian sausage (I used Adel's garlic sausage)
1 white onion
large can stewed tomatoes
small can tomato paste
1 16 oz can tomato sauce
3 eggs
1 tsp. each: oregano, basil, rosemary
8 oz ricotta cheese
Parmesan cheese
1/2 block Feta cheese
1 1/2 bags of 2% shredded Italian cheese mixture
3 cloves garlic, minced

Brown meat and onion together. Set aside. DO NOT COOK NOODLES! In a bowl mix stewed tomatoes, paste, and sauce. Add garlic, basil, rosemary, and oregano. In a separate bowl mix 3 eggs and ricotta cheese.
Layer in this order:
Sauce, noodles, meat mixture, ricotta mixture, remaining cheeses. Repeat until done. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake covered for 1 hour. Remove foil and bake another 5 minutes.
Bon apetite!

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