Yesterday I came across this delicious recipe for peanut butter pretzel brownies. Far too many ingredients and waaay too much sugar, though! So I looked for a more simple peanut butter brownie recipe - my belief with brownies is that the fewer ingredients, the better the result - and found this. But did I want to grease a pan? No I did not. Muffin cases it was, then. And that makes perfectly sized portions of brownies, am I right? So I made them, though I ended up adapting the recipe slightly as I always do.
200g dark chocolate
I have no idea how much peanut butter… 150g or so, whatever was left in the jar. Smooth as I had no chunky.
2 large eggs
100g self-raising flour
about a tablespoon of high quality cocoa as I thought it needed a bit of oomph in the chocolate dept
180g soft brown sugar
I melted 150g of chocolate, the sugar and the peanut butter in a pan on a low heat after putting the oven on at 180C. When the sugar was melted I took the pan off the heat and added the eggs one at a time, then added them into a mixing bowl with the flour and cocoa, and stirred them all together. This makes a very thick batter! I poured the batter into individual muffin cases in muffin trays. Depending on the size of your cases you’ll probably yield around a dozen. I pressed a pretzel into the top of each muffin, then melted some leftover peanut butter in the microwave on a medium heat and drizzled it over the top of each one. I baked them in the oven for about 20 minutes (check after 15), then melted the leftover chocolate and drizzled that over the top and set the brownies aside to cool.
This makes a dense, very rich and chewy brownie. The pretzel on the top adds a nice little salty crunch. Delicious!
After Jesus’ terrible prayer at Gethsemane, an angel came to Him and gave Him strength, but did not remove the cup.
Before that time I may have had my doubts about public prayers, but I had listened to them complacently enough, even when they were for the football team. I had prayed my own private prayers complacently enough, asking for things I wanted, even though I knew well already that a lot of things I wanted I was not going to get, no matter how much I prayed for them. (Though I hadn’t got around to thinking about it, I already knew that I had been glad to have some things I had got that I had never thought to want, let alone pray for.) But now I was unsure what it would be proper to pray for, or how to pray for it. After you have said “thy will be done,” what more can be said? And where do you find the strength to pray “thy will be done” after you see what it means?” —Jayber Crow, in Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow (via gmd)