Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cocoanut Brownies: Retro Ad & Recipe

I love Retro Chocolate Ads with Recipes. This one for Cocoanut Golden Brownies is from the 1950s. Unfortunately  are no longer made. The recipe says you can't substitute any other bar; however, that's just a 50s advertising ploy. I've substituted Mounds Bars in this recipe. If you like a moister brownie, you can add a little more shortening! The recipe calls for butter or margarine--margarine being very popular in the1950s. I only use butter!

Cartoon of the Day: Going Green

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chocolate Pie with Pretzel Crust: National Pretzel Day!

Today is National Pretzel Day. You can celebrate in so many ways. Dip pretzels or pretzel sticks in chocolate, or you can make this Chocolate Pie with Pretzel Crust! No time to make the chocolate filling from scratch? Use a Pudding Box Mix.


Pretzel Crust

12+ ounces pretzels, crushed
3 Tbsp light brown sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

Whirl pretzels in blender, so they're very fine. Add sugar and butter. Mix. Press half of mixture into 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Cool.

Pour in Chocolate Filling. Top with remaining pretzel mixture. Chill.

Chocolate Pie Filling

1/2 cup sugar
4 Tbsp cornstarch
2 1⁄2 cups milk
3 ounces dark chocolate (65-75% cacoa), chopped
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine sugar, cornstarch, milk, and chocolate in top of double boiler. Cook over boiling water until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Stir a bit of hot chocolate mixture into egg yolks in order to temper eggs and keep from curdling. Add tempered yolks to chocolate mixture, stirring constantly and thoroughly. Cool mixture. Add vanilla extract to chocolate and mix thoroughly. Pour chocolate filling into cooled pretzel crust. Top with remaining pretzel mixture. Chill before serving.