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Thursday, January 17, 2013

peanut butter brownies

Peanut Butter Brownies

you're going to learn two things about me today, one of them i may have touched up on a few times on this here space, and that is: i like easy reading, anything from smut to young adult and i prefer boxed brownies. i know. don't judge me.

"I go to seek a Great Perhaps." That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps." ~looking for alaska by john green via Fran├žois Rabelais.

in the context of that quote it's about a kid who is in search of himself, essentially being emo. in the context of this blog post, i have been in search for the ultimate from-scratch brownie recipe for a long time. i can't tell you how many times i've made brownies and been meh about it.

i regret to inform that today's recipe is also meh but i wanted to share it with you anyway. if we're being honest here, despite the averageness of these brownies, they were still enjoyed by us. we packed them in our lunches, to nibble on during our 3pm snack time, or had them for dessert after dinner, until the final crumb was brushed off and i could go back to my hunt for the ultimate recipe.

Peanut Butter Brownies

i guess i should mention why they were just eh. they were heavy. while i enjoyed the notes of PB i would've gladly done without if it garnered a fluffier, less dense end result. it was also quite oily, which may be in part due to using the soy margarine itself or because it was TWO FRIGGIN STICKS of the stuff. if that's your kinda thing, this recipe is for you. meanwhile, valerie recently made sweet & salty brownies and shanna finished a john green novel, the fault in our stars early this month, which prompted me to remember that Great Perhaps quote.

Peanut Butter Brownies

adapted from buns in my oven

19 comments:

  1. The quest for brownie perfection can be a long (albeit delicious) road! Love the PB here!

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  2. Ha! I've been doing a streak of easy great-escape reading, too, and am loving it. Murakami will just have to wait. I also keep cooking one pot stews or making up huge salads I can eat from for a week. Must be January exhaustion or something.

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    1. girl, i am only just now busting out the crock pot! what is wrong with me???

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  3. love that you;re so honest about the results. I must admit though, that I've scarfed down less than amazing brownies too, because honestly, you can't go TOO wrong with brownies :) they look lovely despite what you;ve said anyway, cheers x

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    1. agreed, brownies are brownies, unless they're laden with black beans, (in which case they're awful) and they were incredibly edible.

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  4. Hmm, meh brownies. Too true, I've eaten more than enough of those myself trying to find THE recipe. This one looks good though, maybe almond butter, not a pb fan. The pictures look pretty drool worthy.

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    1. paul, i looooove PB but am lukewarm about almond butter...

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  5. Hello there, hope you're well. Haven't been socializing much around blogs. My vegan friend swears by cashew butter. Unsure if that'll work in a brownie. Take care!

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    1. hi pickyin, i like cashew cream but i have not tried butter just yet... will have to think on it...

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  6. Sometimes meh is okay! I love your honesty here, though. Nevertheless, your photos make them look amazing.

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    1. you are too sweet, thank you. and you're right, meh is ok and in this case, it was certainly fine with us.

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  7. peanut butter brownies sound good! unfortunately we're a nut free house *sob*

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    1. oh dear! we're a dairy free house and i can't imagine going nut free as well!

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  8. I'm not the biggest chocolate fan, but I do make a good brownie... if I may say so myself. Comparing those to yours in my mind, yours do have a higher ratio of butter and eggs (plus, the PB) to nearly the same amount of flour and sugar that my recipe of choice uses. I can imagine that they were heavy, though not unenjoyable! I never thought of adding PB... yum. I am planning to make brownies again soon (Superbowl party request)... I should share the recipe at DFW perhaps. Good luck in your search!

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    1. YES, please do share your recipe on your blog. i am always down with trying new brownie recipes!

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  9. Sorry I'm so late! (So many blog posts slip past my bleary-eyed 8am self.) Yes, I'm with you on boxed brownies. *please don't tell anyone* If you could eat them, I'd love to send over a batch of sweet & salty brownies...I'm sure you would fall in love!

    I think your 'meh' brownies look fab. (And I'm super-jealous of your fancy blurred-background camera lens!) :D

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  10. I'm an admitted box brownie (and cake) lover too. I would not mind helping you on your quest, they're gorgeous.

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