Hi there! Hope everyone is enjoying their President's Day! I'm spending mine by doing some recipe testing. I'm definitely going to have some interesting recipes and experiments for you in March. Probably less chocolate since I'm doing so much this month. :) Any recipe requests?
I have to tell you all something. I tried hot yoga for the first time. It was my first yoga class I've ever taken. I've done a yoga workout DVD several times, but not an actual class. I was very nervous, but excited; I'd heard a lot about hot yoga and was eager to try it.
I met some friends at the studio, and when we walked in, it was packed with people. Then class started, the door closed, and the heat came on - 105 degrees of heat. I was able to keep up and didn't feel too out of place, since I was a little familiar with yoga. I wasn't able to do all of the poses, but hopefully I'll get better.
Anyway, about five minutes into class, I was already sweating. I usually don't sweat that much when I work out (I know you're rolling your eyes at me, really, I don't!), but by the end of class (90 minutes later), I was drenched. All of my friends were drenched, too; it was like we had taken showers. I couldn't believe it.
I felt like I just had a facial when I left class... my skin felt really soft and smooth. Was it from all the sweating? And I had a lot of energy! So I think I'll be taking more hot yoga classes. Would you take a hot yoga class? Or do you think it's too nutty?
All of that hot yoga made me hungry. Hungry for Hot Chocolate Brownies.
I think you can make good brownies only using cocoa powder. I don't think you necessarily have to use melted chocolate in a brownie. And for these, I didn't - I used cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, salt, melted butter, sugar and salt. Just a nice, simple brownie recipe with a little pizzazz. The pizzazz comes from the milk and white chocolate chips I stirred into the batter, and the mini marshmallows I placed on top.
I love mini marshmallows. I think they're fun.
These brownies were delicious and did taste like a mug of hot cocoa. They were slightly chewy, firm, and fudgy.
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, divided
3/4 cup mini marshmallows
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with foil; coat foil with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar and egg until well combined. Whisk in dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips until combined. Scrape batter into prepared dish and top with additional 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
Bake 20-25 minutes or until set and crusty looking around the edges. Top with marshmallows; flatten marshmallows with the tips of your fingers. Dust additional cocoa powder on top, if desired.
Makes 9 brownies