The Rolling Stones sing about it, companies make billions of dollars off it, and advertisers convince us daily of it. What is it? Satisfaction!
Without even realizing it we are constantly being brainwashed to be dissatisfied with ourselves. Business is booming because we are convinced we cannot possibly reach our potential without more stuff.
The newest running shoe will make us jump higher and despite the fact we have no athletic ability we can become a super star. The big brush mascara will make our eyes so incredible we will mesmerize everyone we meet and be hired for some incredible job somewhere. Don’t have the latest colour palate on your walls, in your shoe selection or your clothes, why how lame are you? Not having the right colour jacket may impact your ability to secure an apartment rental. Everyday someone, who will make money and benefit from making us feel less than perfect, will convince us we are not enough. Not enough for ourselves and not enough for others and if we happen to be content and satisfied we must not be enlightened enough to know we are lacking. Wow, how sad, I probably don’t even realize how bad off I must be because I’ve been feeling pretty happy lately. Does this mean I’m really lacking in more areas of my life than the average Joe. OMG, maybe I should have bought those plaid pants. Plaid is in this year, right? If I have new pants I’ll be more interesting, right?
My therapy for problems of the world (first world) such as this, why chocolate or caramel or peanutbutter or butter or, any combination resulting in a dessert! Whip yourself up some sweet satisfaction in the form of Black Cocoa Brownies and when enjoying one or three make a mental list of all the things you’re content with. Number 1 should be the fact you made such amazing brownies.
Improving ourselves is never a negative but not enjoying or embracing what we are in the quest for the unattainable seems sad and a waste of precious time. Time that, perhaps, might be spent in the kitchen baking up today’s recipe from the July/August 2018 Bake from Scratch magazine.
Black Cocoa Brownies
(Black Cocoa is Ultra-Dutch process black cocoa which means the cocoa beans have been rinsed in an alkaline solution, eliminating its natural acidity, darkening the colour and making the flavour more concentrated. Black cocoa has been processed to the most extreme.)
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 13×9-inch pan and line with parchment paper. Have an overhang on the sides to easily lift brownies out of pan.
2 1/2 cups dark chocolate morsels, divided
1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup black cocoa powder
2 tsp kosher salt
5 eggs, large
1 tbsp vanilla extract
In top of a double boiler, melt 1 1/3 cups chocolate with the butter until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Stir occasionally while melting. Turn off heat and whisk in sugars. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, and salt.
In a small bowl whisk the eggs. Add half of beaten egg to cooled chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Whisk in remaining egg and vanilla.
Fold in flour mixture until only a few streaks of flour remain. Fold in remaining chocolate pieces.
Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until toothpick inserted in centre has only a few crumbs. Cool competely in pan before removing to cut.
Store well wrapped on counter. These freeze well.