July 14th was Bastille Day.
I’m not French.
I know that, but I’d take any excuse for a party and baking.
Some friends had a party, Sara and I made Champagne Brownies
and I tried to look French because obviously a black dress with a sassy look and an odd hairdo screams Je suis française!
But really, Champagne, we can call that French, right?
I’m not sure we should call these brownies brownies though. They should probably just be called fudge. They’re dense and bittersweet and intense.
Champagne Almost Fudge Brownies
adapted from Couture Cupcakes
1 lb of unsweetened chocolate (i.e. baker’s squares or coco powder+oil)
12 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar (omit if you use sweetened chocolate)
3/4 cup flour
1 cup champagne
Preheat oven to 325F.
In a large pot on low heat, melt together the chocolate and butter. Remove from heat. Add the salt, sugar and vanilla. Stir together to combine. Stir in 1 egg at a time until just combined. Add the flour stirring until just combined. Add the champagne and stir until incorporated. Transfer to a greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake about 40 minutes. Allow to cool completely (I would even say you can chill them), cut and serve (with ice cream or on its own).
I kept up with the French theme this morning (two days later).
Omelets are French.
Zucchini Goat Cheese Omelet
1/2 tsp olive oil
3 tbsp diced onion
1 small zucchini, diced
1/2 cup chopped chard or kale
1/2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley or basil
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup egg substitute (or 3 eggs, beaten)
1 oz goat cheese
In a small skillet, heat oil, add onions and zucchini cook for a few minutes until zucchini is almost tender. Add chard and cook an additional minute or two. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. Spray a medium skillet with cooking spray and put on medium/low heat, add eggs, cover and cook until eggs are pretty much cooked through (no longer jiggle when shaken) about 4 minutes. Carefully flip the egg using a spatula, sprinkle with goat cheese and vegetable filling, fold over and transfer to a plate.
Sprinkle with a little more parsley and serve with a slice of homemade oatmeal bread.
Very light and tasty.
This omelette only has 200 calories, must be why French women don’t get fat.
We’ll just forget about the brownies.
17 thoughts on “Brownies and the French”
I found you from Joy the Baker. I came to see your champagne brownies and then saw the omlette. OMG. Am in heaven right now. Chocolate, champagne and goat cheese all in one post? I can hardly stand it!
And I will be back!
Oh my God those looks SO deliciously fudgy!
Fudgy beyond words! I put some in the fridge and they literally look/taste like fudge! AMAZING!
Wow– those brownies look beyond moist! Yum!
Love your dress too!
I am diggin the idea of chard or kale in the omelet.
Love the picture of you Miss Sass!
You look very french and beautiful
Your brownies must taste amazingly!
I want that omlet and then one of the brownies! YUM! They look divine!!! And that dress! You are beautiful!
Your brownies look to. die. for! And I’m not usually a brownie girl.
Well look at you, little miss frenchie!!!! Love the pic of you!! Those brownies look soooo goood!!! I love a fudgy brownie. Also, kudos to you for the omelette. It looks cooked to perfection!!!
Do I even have to say your brownies look amazingly delish?? I mean, look at them!
and I’m not French either…but there’s always a reason to celebrate 🙂
how did i miss bastille day!??!
Speaking of the French, I’ve decided to make my own pate. I can’t seem to find it anywhere in the stores and I’m dying for it! Stay tuned and I’ll post in on my blog!
That omelette looks scrumptious! I can’t wait to try it myself. good thing I bought a log of goat cheese I need to use up! : )