Boxed Mix Brownies

Does a week of brownies sound good to you? I’m in a brownie mood and I’ve got a bunch of recipes to try out. Yesterday I posted the deliciously fudgy cocoa brownies. And now, to be enjoyed on Oscars night: boxed mix brownies. Cook’s Illustrated succeeded in recreating that famous boxed mix flavour from your…

Cocoa Brownies

Last night’s company needed to air work-related grievances, and I needed to prepare myself for the second half of a challenging semester. A baking session was in order. These cocoa brownies are a great go-to recipe when in need of fuss-free, intensely chocolaty treats. No need for a trip to the grocery store, mixers or…

Dulce de Leche Brownies

When the wind is howling and whirling snowflakes blur your vision, baking a batch of brownies can be so comforting. I get lost in the intoxicating aroma of melted butter and chocolate mixed with gorgeous Dutch-process cocoa powder. Dulce de leche brownies are the ultimate form of decadence. On their own, dulce de leche and…

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

A week ago, Canadian chef Michael Smith visited Montreal during a promotional tour for his seventh cookbook, Back to Basics. The Prince Edward Island-based television personality came to Appetite for Books to talk about how he got started in the kitchen, his cooking evolution, and his new projects. With a complimentary glass of wine, he…

The Baked Brownie

Over Labour Day weekend, my younger sister and I drove down to Massachusetts for an end-of-summer road trip. With a soundtrack of Alice in Chains, Eddie Vedder with his yukulele, and Florence + the Machine, we drove through New England states. I baked us a batch of these brownies to snack on while making our…

Nutella Brownies

When I went to the grocery store after settling into my new apartment in Lausanne, Nutella was one of the first things to make it into my basket. Sine I’m saving to travel and waiting for my scholarship money to come through, baking ingredients and equipment don’t factor into my budget. But Nutella counts as…

Marbled Cheesecake Brownies

Soon I’ll be packing my suitcase for my move to Chocolateland. I’ve been looking through my bookshelves searching for a novel to read on the plane and I’ve set my sights on The Great Gatsby. I still haven’t read Fitzgerald’s American literary classic. I usually read contemporary fiction (think Zadie Smith, Mordecai Richler, Jeffrey Eugenides)…

Sweet and Salty Caramel Brownies

In this weekend’s gazette, the newspaper published an article about the best foodie movies. I’ve seen a few of the ones mentioned, such as the German film Mostly Martha, the blog-inspired Julie & Julia, Ratatouille, and Marie-Antoinette. Sofia Coppola’s opulent period piece might seem like an odd choice, but the director’s colour scheme for the…

Classic Brownies

Troy & Abed and some complimentary brownies? I think yes. An afternoon of baking and catching up on episodes of Community sounds like a good idea, especially when I try to avoid my house chores. Brownies are an irresistibly simple affair. These brownies have deep chocolate notes and are not too sweet. Just before placing…

Fudgy Triple Chocolate Brownies

I’m savouring these brownies with a tall glass of cold milk and a book. At the moment I’m reading Ian McEwan’s latest novel Sweet Tooth. How could I possibly resist a spy tale with that title? Montreal is experiencing an odd winter this year. For a while January felt like early spring, and now we…