Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sunday Chocolate!!!! plus The Magnolia Hotel's Puffy Pancakes

I'm in love! Belonging to several baking groups and my own quest for the "best" recipe for brownies, "two" have come to the surface simultaneously. Dorie Greenspan's Peppermint Patty Brownies and now Sweet Melissa's Chocolate Walnut Brownies. Are we really surprised? The chewy, chocolaty brownies with a nutty crunch is a twist on Julia Child's brownie recipe and one of the best Melissa herself has ever tried. Is there a recipe Julia Child created that is not wonderful?

The only alteration to this delicious recipe is the nuts; I used pecans and hand broke each half into fourths. The brownies were made several days ago and I still forgot to post until after breakfast this morning! Sigh, when the sun is out, I loose all focus and can not wait to get outside and play with the yard.

Chocolate Walnut Brownies were chosen by Tiffany of A Spoonful & a Heap for our Sweet Melissa Sunday and Tiffany did a wonderful job on her own batch of brownies. If you would like the recipe, visit Tiffany's post.

I am adding a fun little breakfast recipe that is a moist, delicious and easy breakfast recipe with the option for versatility in toppings. Sometimes I slice strawberries with blueberries and drizzle over the top when the puffy pancakes just come out of the oven.

When I mean easy, I mean preheat the oven to 450 degrees F., throw all ingredients in a blender and while blending, throw a Tablespoon of butter into each 1-cup baking dish, put into the oven to melt only then pour the batter from the blender into equal portions among the four baking dishes and bake. That is it PLUS the presentation is adorable!

The recipe originally comes from The Magnolia Hotel and I have had the recipe for over 19 years now. Still a HUGE hit in my home; enjoy.

The Magnolia Hotel's Puffy Pancakes
(courteously of Bon Appetit 1983 (20) volume series; volume Breakfast and Brunches)
6 eggs
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. milk
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. frozen orange juice concentrate
1 T. butter
4 T. (1/2 stick) butter
Powdered sugar (garnish)
Sweetened Fresh Berries (garnish)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Combine eggs, flour, milk, sugar and orange juice in processor or blender and mix well. Add 1 Tablespoon butter and blend in thoroughly.

Put 1 Tablespoon butter to each of four 1-cup oval or round baking dishes. Heat dishes in oven until butter is melted but not browned. Divide batter evenly among dishes. Bake until puffed and golden, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately with fresh berries and powdered sugar.


Flourchild said...

The brownies and the pancakes look super yummy. Im glad your enjoying all of your baking groups. I had to miss this one, but they sure look good.
I want to try your pancake recipe!

Jaime said...

those pancakes look delish! great job w/the brownies too!

Gloria said...

Yum...brownies and pancakes. They both look great. Oh, and I love the photo you have at the top of your looks to die for. Hoping the recipe is on your site somewhere. That's my kind of cupcake!

Julie said...

Your brownies and your pancakes look awesome!!!

rebecca said...

Glad you loved the brownies- and thanks for sharing the pancake recipe. I think my kids would really enjoy the individual serving size aspect of it. And it looks simple to throw together.

Beautiful cupcake photo and wonderful quote.

Candy Girl said...

Everything looks fantastic! As much as I enjoy trying new recipes, it's always nice to have a tried and true favorite.

Eliana said...

Your brownies look just perfect and those pancakes look to die for!

Katiecakes said...

I like the addition of pecans. I bet they gave the brownies a richer flavour.

Katie xox

Tiff said...

So glad you liked the brownies! I felt exactly the same about them. I am going to have to try Dorie's.
I also love the puff pancake.

Tessa said...

Your brownies and puff pancakes look amazing! Looks like I've got another breakfast treat on the list to try =)

Rebecca said...

Looks amazing!

Nina said...

Looks great! I love baking with groups, but now with less roommates and being the summer, there's no one to eat my baked goods!