Baking is an act of generosity. It is love and kindness and sorrow and hope baked into a loaf of generosity. Sunday Servings is an attempt to spread the generosity a little further by sharing stories and recipes. If you would like to share your own story or recipe, please do so in the comments section or you can tweet ideas to @MamaMcAfee or share on my Facebook page.
It's been a little over a month since the last time I baked anything.
Initially it was the eye's fault. (Hard to bake when you can't seen anything.)
But since the eye healed, I still haven't pulled out my mixing bowl. The eye healed, and then there were several really busy weeks, and then a juice cleanse this week. (It simply would not have been fair on my tummy to bake in the middle of a juice cleanse.)
So no baking.
I miss it. I really do. But I've also realized I've been forcing the baking thing a bit because I've loved writing the Sunday Servings series so much.
I love to bake, but I love to bake for generosity's sake, for hospitality's sake.
Since starting this series, there have been many weeks when I've thrown something together not for the sake of generosity, not for the sake of hospitality, but because I needed something to write about. While I don't regret one single post I've put up, I'm not sure the baking-something-to-have-something-to-write-about motive really honors the reason why I started writing Sunday Servings to begin with.
Sunday Servings is about inspiring us to get back to generosity and hospitality. Inspiring us to meet our neighbors and to break bread with our colleagues. To share in another person's heartaches and joys. To bring people together. To delight in giving. To rejoice in friendship and family. And to share those stories of generosity and hospitality with one another.
I'm afraid my posts have not always been about those things, and I want to get back to both baking and writing about those things.
So from here on out, Sunday Servings will no longer be a weekly series, but will pop up a few times a month to honor real stories of generosity and hospitality.
There's no doubt with the holiday season approaching quickly we'll have lots of new stories to tell. And I hope you'll share your stories too.
So until I have a new Sunday Serving to share with you, here's my quick and easy brownie recipe to delight your taste buds.
Quick & Easy Brownies:
- 2 cups of white sugar
- 1 cup of butter (low fat or full fat will produce equally good brownies)
- ½ cup of cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup of all-purpose (cake) flour
- ½ tsp. of baking powder
- ½ tsp. of salt
- Melt butter (do not allow to boil) and mix all ingredients in the order listed above.
- Spoon batter into a greased 9" x 13" (32.5cm x 23cm) cake pan. The batter should fill only the bottom 1/3 of the pan.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 20 to 30 minutes. Test with a fork to be sure brownies have baked all the way through (allow for a little bit of gooeyness on the fork for fudgier brownies and a clean fork for cakier brownies).
- Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.