It shouldn’t surprise one that the stores in Bogota aren’t overflowing with chocolate bunnies, sickeningly sweet Cadbury eggs, and marshmallow Peeps. Not that they don’t celebrate Easter down here…Colombia is a very Catholic country. They just haven’t completely commercialized this holiday yet.
Growing up, our family didn’t celebrate with Easter egg hunts and baskets, either. Although we did raid the discount racks for chocolate the days following. Who knows, we might have gotten more candy than the “pagans”.
Anyway, the next few days are considered holidays. There are more people walking around the neighborhoods, and the Transmilenio doesn’t appear to be as full. So, what does one do with oneself when she has to share the computer with her husband who is at home these days? Spend more time in the kitchen, of course ( :
I’m still working my way through the jar of peanut butter that my sister mailed to us. I think I’ve got one more recipe’s worth to go after today.
A few minutes ago, I pulled the glass casserole out of the convection oven and cut out four small pieces of peanut butter brownies. We didn’t even have to wait for them to cool. Joel said, “Man that is good”. I take it the recipe is a keeper.
Peanut Butter Brownies
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup granulated brown sugar
2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the convection oven to 350*F. Grease a 9×13″ glass casserole.
Cream together the peanut butter and butter. Add the vanilla, brown sugar and eggs; stir the mixture until it is well combined.
In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir them until just moistened.
Spread the brownie batter in your prepared casserole. Place the casserole in the preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
When you remove the casserole from the oven, ease the brownies away from the edge of the dish with the dull side of a table knife.
We ate our first pieces straight out of the oven. The texture is not fudgy. It is more sponge-like (at least when still hot).