George’s Double Chocolate Brownies

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An often requested recipe from George Hirsch Lifestyle, it is ideal for every occasion. Enjoy as is or upgrade by topping with your favorite ice cream. The brownie derives its character from a deep rich cocoa base for the chocolate flavor.

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Double Chocolate Brownies

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Makes 12-18 Brownies

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 pound (2 sticks) sweet butter, softened at room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts

1 1/2 cups semisweet chopped chocolate pieces; or chocolate, or butterscotch chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Grease and flour an 8 x 12 x 2 inch-baking pan.

In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt well. Set aside.

Cream butter in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add granulated sugar, cream on high speed for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. 

On a low speed add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, stopping machine to scrape down the bowl well after each addition. On a low speed add flour and cocoa powder to the butter mixture and mix just until flour is absorbed. Do not over mix. 

By hand, fold the pecans and chocolate in with a rubber spatula.

Optional: if using coconut; mix 3/4 of coconut with pecans and chocolate. 

Using a spatula, spread the batter into baking pan making sure the batter is spread evenly and smooth. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Caution to not over bake. Brownies are baked when pressed cakes springs back when pressed lightly with your finger or a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 2 hours and cut the brownies into rectangle or square pieces.

Know Your Cookie:

A brownie is considered a sheet cookie, as it's soft batter spreads across sheet like pan to bake. Other types of sheet cookies would include blondies and rainbow cookies. After sheet cookies are baked they are cooled and can be cut into squares, rectangles or any other shapes. 

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Sunday Supper + Our Christmas Gathering

Gather ‘round the table with family & friends at our next Sunday Supper as we celebrate the wonder of the Christmas season and the joy of sharing a meal and conversation. For December we take the farm & cheers indoors for our supper. 

Join us to enjoy servings of savory dishes and seasonal entree favorites as featured on PBS’s George Hirsch Lifestyle. Also, just-picked vegetables, farm salads & sides, fresh baked dessert and herbal tea. Craft beer & wine, sold separately.

Christmas Decoration Tree Ornament

Growing up, Sunday was the one day our family set aside all other activities to break bread as one. We are recreating this tradition with our extended community. Guests at our Sunday Supper will enjoy a traditional family dinner, Sep’s Farm fresh picked produce and some of our families’ favorite dishes. - chef g

Amazing Day of Community Love, Sunday Supper + Autumn Farm Experience Oct 23, 2016

Amazing Day of Community Love, Sunday Supper + Autumn Farm Experience Oct 23, 2016

a vintage classic, Grilled Cheese Sandwich

While out pickin for a one of a kind vintage classic I hunt with no particular item in mind. Just let what I stumble on find its way home. Amazing what will fall into your path. As below with my new ahem..vintage juice press! Juice ON!

Cooking bread and cheese is an ancient food prepared by many cultures; the U.S. version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive bread and cheese became available. A vintage staple easily prepared and enjoyed today in most households.

Grilled Cheese Sandwhich, aka A Classic Good Time Sandwich

Is it really really grilled? No, more like griddled. Although I've grilled this toastie before, for todays purpose this sandwich sizzles on the griddle playing a staring roll on GHL TV episode titled Vintage Classics.

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The recipe is simple, fresh farm house white pullman bread, sliced and brushed with melted butter, sharp farm house cheddar, and cured French ham all toasted on the griddle until the cheese begins to melt. The result ia a cheesy goodness that can be enjoyed any time of day. Today, mini grilled cheese toasties are even being served during cocktail parties as hors d'oeuvres.

The benefit of this recipe is there is no one right or wrong way. Change up the bread, the fillings, or expose your fillings as on open face sandwich and toast it up! 

TIP: Butter the bread on the outside when assembling the sandwich before placing on griddle or sauté pan for toastie crisp goodness.   

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