Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Two Favorite Recipe's and a Redneck Tutorial on Using a Barbecue in Place of an Oven

Baking Brownies on the Barbecue is a breeze, but first you have to have the perfect brownie recipe.
Mine is "Cousin Melissa's" because it came from... cousin Melissa. AND everyone knows that you don't don't try to get healthy with your brownie recipe unless you are banned from certain foods and are desperate. If that is the case all bets are off. Do what you must.

Cousin Melissa's Brownies

1/2 cup butter melted

1 cup cocoa powder

2 cups sugar
(and don't feel bad - dying from eating these brownies would be a good way to go!)
4 eggs stirred in one at a time

1 cup flour
(I don't mess around with chocolate. Use white flour.)
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp salt

pour into greased or buttered pan. (9x13 is a little large, but that's what I have and I don't spread the batter to the end of the pan)
For the oven I use glass; for the barbecue, aluminum.
In your oven, bake at 350 for 25-30 min until tooth pick comes out clean.

If baking in the barbecue...
Preheat BBQ with both burners on full.
When ready to bake, turn off one side, and the other down to it's lowest setting.
Place aluminum pan of brownies on an air bake cookie sheet on the highest rack - preferable over the burner that is turned off.
Close lid, and check a little early while you're learning. Trial and error is necessary (unfortunately a lot of error is inevitable at times. I hope this is not the case for you!)

I usually cover the top of the brownies with a liberal (very liberal) sprinkling of chocolate chips part way through the baking. If you do this, you may find that pulling the pan out of the oven, sprinkling the chocolate chips and then quickly pressing them into the brownies using the palms of your hands seems to work well. I do this about five or ten minutes before the baking time is complete.
Throw on some butterscotch pieces and you have something REALLY scrumptious!!!

Now for the bread:

I have Auntie Hannah to thank for this one. I'd like to make larger batches and so will continue to try other recipes, however I am kneading by hand (not by Bosch or breadmaker) and have discovered that a small portion is better requiring less kneading and so less flour making the bread lighter and less dense.
Because of this I am currently making two batches for two loaves of bread.

Auntie Hannah's Excellent, Tasty, and Simple Bread recipe (that "simple" part is the best!)
2 cups of water.
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp. salt
3 and 1/2 tsp. yeast
sprinkled on top, then dissolved.

Mill 4 cups wheat berries (makes about five cups flour).
Add flour and stir until stiff. knead in flour till firm (but still a bit sticky).
Make into ball, rise in oiled bowl or on oiled counter top till double.
Make into two small 4 and 1/2" x 8 and 1/2" loaves or one large one (my preference).
Score top of loaf three times, paint top with egg white if you please, and rise again until peeking over sides of pan.
Bake at 350 for 30 min.

If using a barbecue: (redneck variation)
Preheat barbecue with both burners on full heat.
Turn down one side to low heat;turn off other side.
Place loaf of bread on air bake cookie sheet on highest rack and over the burner that is turned off.
Bread may take closer to an hour to bake.
Set your timer! Watch with care, and ask the Lord for mercy;-P


princessmama said...

I don't think you'd complain about my "healthier" brownies...LOL :-P
Kudos for baking in the bbq! I've made cake in a crockpot before and cooked numerous things on a single electric burner, as well as various "camping" food; so I know what it's like working out of your norm :)

You guys look like you are having an awesome time. :) :) :) :)

Momma Bug said...

Yes! Having a ball!! Come see us?
So what's your "healthier" brownies?


princessmama said...

We would love too come see you!!! :-)

Maybe I'll bring some brownies... :-P