Brownie Recipe

As you all know, here, at 100CafeStreet.com, we LOVE Brownies! That’s why, once in a while, we try a new recipe.

Preparation Time: approx. 20-25 minutes
Baking Time: approx. 25-29 minutes
Total time: 45 – 55 minutes
Servings: oops! we forgot to count! 8-10 at least!!

Ingredients:

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8 oz of unsweetened chocolate
1 cup butter
5 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. coffee
1 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (toasted)
1/2 cup chocolate-chips

Preparation:
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13×9-inch pan. (You can use a different size pan.)
2. Melt chocolate, butter and coffee in a saucepan over low heat; set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and sugar with electric mixer on high speed for approx. 10 minutes. Add the chocolate mixture, flour and salt; mix well. Stir in the nuts and chocolate-chips.
4. Pour the mixture into prepared pan and spread evenly.
5. Bake for 29-25 minutes. (try not to overbake)
6. Cool. Once cool, cut into square pieces (we used a flower cutter and cut the brownies into shapes) and carefully pour chocolate and a sprinkle of walnuts.
7. When cooled completely, store in refrigerator.

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This is a very rich dessert, perfect for guests or people with a sweet tooth! Please be aware that brownies can cause addiction! :)

Please leave your feedback if you try this recipe. We’d love to hear from you! Pictures and recipe may not be re-published without our consent.

Interview with Shamima from Cupcake Land

Could you please tell us a little bit about you and your passion? How did it all start?

I am a mom of 2 boys and a girl. Ever since my children began school my time stretched out into long boredom filled hours and I was desperate to find something to occupy myself.

I have always harbored a love for baking. It was not until a few years ago a function having 3009744941_a8fc1d2a06_m crept up at my youngest sons school ,that I produced a batch of cupcakes like no other I have ever made. Moving away from the traditional look of slapping the icing on the cupcake ,my self-created pastel swirls were a big hit. The teachers ,children and parents were very impressed. No one seemed to see such unique swirls before.

My sister-in-law introduced me to Flickr 610916153_f10c2a0b42_m where I discovered a group of talented ladies who were kind enough to encourage and answer my questions.

My ignorance turning to curiosity, I began experimenting on my own. The pictures you see today are the consequences of my playing around with the little knowledge and supplies I have.

Your cakes and cupcakes look absolutely amazing! So simple but so very stylish gift cupcake at the same time. What inspires you?

The possibility of a successful outcome drives me to drastic lengths. The vision of the result begs for me to work harder. What I find most exciting is the challenge of an idea I dreamed up into a reality. I draw inspiration from beauty around me… most times I have no idea what to create and playing with the fondant the Almighty inspires an idea.

Cupcake Land Seeing the reaction of family and friends and the joy on their faces inspires me to create these little works of art.(All praises to the Almighty)

What’s your favorite ingredient and why?

I use the finest ingredients available here in South Africa, striving for quality and enhancing flavour and will not compromise…callebaut or lindt chocolate,Nomu Madagascan vanilla extract , Nomu cocoa. The ingredients are the roses cupcakefoundation of a good bake.

Contact. How can our readers get in touch with you? Can they order online?

Living in the South African countryside with the nearest city being a 45 min drive my situation does not allow me to create a thriving business. At the present it has to remain more as a hobby.

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3342058490_d7d028b06a_m All the pictures in this post belong to Cupcakes Land and should not be re-posted without prior consent. To see more of Shamima’s gorgeous creations, please visit her Collection.

Black Bottom Strawberry Cream Pie Recipe

Strawberry season is coming. Here is a delicious Strawberry Cream Pie recipe, courtesy of pillsbury.com

Luscious hot fudge topping sits between a flaky crust and a creamy filling for a fruity dessert with something extra!

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photo and recipe courtesy of pillsbury.com

INGREDIENTS

1 Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crust (from 15-oz box), softened as directed on box
2/3 cup hot fudge topping
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 pint (2 cups) strawberries, quartered
1/2 cup strawberry pie glaze
1/2 cup whipping (heavy) cream, whipped, if desired

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 450°F. Make pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell using 9-inch glass pie pan. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

2. Spread hot fudge topping in bottom of cooled baked shell. Refrigerate 1 hour.

3. In small bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Carefully spread over chocolate layer in shell.

4. In medium bowl, gently mix strawberries and pie glaze. Spoon evenly over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

5. Just before serving, pipe or spoon whipped cream around edge of pie. Store in refrigerator.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No changes.

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Results of the Fairytale Brownies Giveaway

The Fairytale Brownies Giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank you all for participating!!

I wish I had 516 prizes to give away for each and every comment submitted. Unfortunately, I don’t. :( So, we’ll have to choose only one winner.

Brownies.com
Easter Love Gift. photo courtesy of Brownies.com

THE WINNER

According to Random.org the winner is…

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Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

430

Timestamp: 2009-04-12 01:29:15 UTC

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Congratulations, Nicole! Please get back to us within 2 days or other name will be chosen.

FREE SHIPPING COUPON CODE:

If you didn’t win this time, but would like to purchase some awesome Brownies in the next month or so, Fairytale Brownies offers a FREE SHIPPING COUPON CODE to our readers: Free Shipping for Merchandise Orders of $50 or more. Use Priority Code 22YQ. Expires 5/31/09.

Thank you, Fairytale Brownies, for making this possible!

Rabbit Cookies Recipe

As soon as I saw this yummy recipe, I knew I had to share it! So, here we go!

DESCRIPTION

No cookie cutters needed for these clever cookies! Just turn a few balls of Pillsbury® Create ‘n Bake™ cookie dough into tasty treats.

INGREDIENTS

1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
1 cup fluffy white frosting
Decorating icing or gel
Assorted small candies or decors

DIRECTIONS

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Rabbit Cookies. photo and recipe courtesy of Pillsbury.com

1.Heat oven to 350°F. Cut cookie dough into 16 slices; cut 8 of the slices in half down the center. To make 1 rabbit cookie, place 1 whole slice on ungreased cookie sheet for head; place
2 halves on top, slightly overlapping on whole slice, for ears. Repeat to make 7 more rabbit cookies, placing 2 inches apart.

2.Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

3.Frost cookies with frosting; decorate with icing and candies.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

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Thank you, Pillsbury.com, for allowing us to re-publish this recipe!

Interview with Eileen Spitalny, Co-Founder of Fairytale Brownies

As you all know, I am a huge fan of Fairytale Brownies! I am honored and excited to publish a short interview with Mrs. Eileen Spitalny, a co-founder of Fairytale Brownies! The “Fairytale Brownies” story has been told many times and proves, once again, that you can still live the American Dream!

100CafeStreet.com: You’ve been an inspiration to many, many people and your story touched many hearts. Could you please tell us what motivates you so much?

Mrs. Eileen Spitalny: I like people’s “happy brownies” stories. Our brownie gifts open doors for businesses that send Fairytale Brownies. On the personal side, our brownies connect families living a distance away. The brownie gifts even become a part of holiday traditions.

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100CafeStreet.com: If you were to start your business all over again, what would you do differently?

Mrs. Eileen Spitalny: Ask the bank for more money! We didn’t receive a paycheck for 3 years and it would have been nice to pay ourselves from the start instead of cashing in our 401Ks.

100CafeStreet.com: What do you think the future holds for Fairytale Brownies?

Mrs. Eileen Spitalny: In addition to purchasing our products online, through our 800 number and at our bakery, we are very excited about venturing into wholesale. Our brownie gifts are available at every AJ’s Fine Foods grocery store in Arizona and several specialty shops and wineries throughout the state. We hope to be the brownie favorite at many gourmet retailers in the western region soon.

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We have written about Fairytale Brownies before. Right now, we even have a Brownies Giveaway going on till April 11th –  courtesy of Fairytale Brownies. For a chance to win the Easter Bunny Love gift, submit your entry!

Or, to make a purchase, please visit Brownies.com.

A big Thank You to Mrs. Eileen Spitalny and Mr. David Kravetz, the co-founders of Fairytale Brownies, for making our lives a little sweeter! And for sponsoring our delicious Giveaway! Here is my favorite video on Fairytale Brownies:

Fairytale Brownies Easter Giveaway – CLOSED

I am delighted to announce that Fairytale Brownies (brownies.com) offered to sponsor an Easter Giveaway.

About Fairytale Brownies

Eileen Spitalny and David Kravetz are the Founders of Fairytale Brownies. Their story has inspired many people: Eileen and David met in kindergarten and have been friends ever since. At an early age they decided they wanted to be entrepreneurs and start a business together. So, in 1992 Fairytale Brownies was born in a friend’s kitchen using a 50 year old family recipe. Today, they have their own 26,000-square-foot facility and bake over 2.5 million brownies annually! During all these years they have received many awards and have been featured in magazines, TV shows and newspapers accross the country.

If you’d like to see their video collection, please visit their youtube channel. For pictures and stories behind the scenes, check out the Fairytale Brownies Blog.

 The Product

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Easter Bunny Love. photo courtesy of brownies.com

Fairytale Brownies offer super-delicious brownies in 13 flavors: Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Espresso Nib, Mint Chocolate, Original, Peanut Butter, Pecan, Raspberry Swirl, Toffee Crunch, Walnut, White Chocolate, Chocolate Chunk Blondie and Cream Cheese which is their newest addition. They also offer sugar free brownies.

Brownies make the perfect yummy gift; theme packaging is available for different holidays or special days. You can choose and customize a greeting card that can be included with your gift.

If you prefer to let your loved one choose their own brownies, Fairytale Brownie Gift Cards are available. 

While you are there, check their Sale page: they offer FREE SHIPPING and discounted prices on selected items.

Fairytale Brownies offers customized packaging; a custom gift band is printed with your logo or your favorite picture to make this a truly unique gift.

FREE SHIPPING COUPON CODE for our readers: Free Shipping for Merchandise Orders of $50 or more. Use Priority Code 22YQ. Expires 5/31/09. Thank you, Fairytale Brownies!

GIVEAWAY

Fairytale Brownies has generously offered an Easter Bunny Love gift (pictured above) for this Giveaway. If you can’t wait or would like to purchase this gift for someone else, please visit brownies.com.

Open to US residents only.

How to enter (required): Visit brownies.com and then come back and leave a comment telling us the name of your favorite product.

For additional entries (leave a new comment for each additional entry):
– one additional entry if you grab our button from the sidebar and post it on your blog, please post the link;
– one additional entry if you follow us on Twitter;
– one additional entry if you send a tweet about this giveaway, please post the link (once a day only);
– one additional entry if you fave us in Technorati;
– one additional entry if you StumbleUpon our Founder;
– one additional entry if you blog about this Giveaway with a link back to 100CafeStreet.com and brownies.com
– one additional entry if you follow 100CafeStreet.com via email.

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The giveaway ends on April 11th, 2009 at 5pm, Pacific Standard Time. Fairytale Brownies will ship the prize within 1-2 weeks.

*Please make sure you leave a comment for each additional entry so you get credited.
*Also, please make sure you typed in the correct email address.
*The winner will be announced via e-mail and has 2 days to get back to us or other name will be chosen.

Thank you Fairytale Brownies!!:) Good luck, brownie lovers!:)

Easter Bunny Cake Recipe

Easter is coming. Here is one of our favorite Bunny Cake recipes from BettyCrocker.com!
Preparation time: 30 min.
Total time: 2 hrs and 10 min.
Servings: 12

Ingredients:
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® carrot cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
Tray or cardboard, covered with foil
1 container Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting
1 cup shredded coconut
Construction paper
Jelly beans or small gumdrops
1 cup shredded coconut
Green food color

Easter Bunny Cake from BettyCrocker.com
Easter Bunny Cake from BettyCrocker.com
Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Make and cool cake as directed on box for two 8-inch or 9-inch round pans.

2. Reserve 1 layer for another use or to make a second bunny. Cut 1 layer in half as shown in diagram. Put halves together with frosting to form body. Place cake upright on cut edge on tray.

3. Cut out a notch about one-third of the way up one end of body to form head (small end) as shown in diagram. Attach half of cutout piece from tail with toothpicks. Frost with remaining frosting, rounding body on sides. Sprinkle with 1 cup coconut. Cut ears from construction paper; press into notch on top. Use jelly beans for eyes and nose.

4. Shake 1 cup coconut and 3 drops food color in tightly covered jar until evenly tinted. Surround bunny with tinted coconut. Add additional jelly beans if desired. Store loosely covered.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Follow High Altitude directions on cake mix box for two 8- or 9-inch round pans.

Source: Find more recipes at www.bettycrocker.com.