(I don't normally add the Author's recipe that I post on A Book and A Dish but this one is special due to what Mary did with these brownies.)
(Author Mary Kennedy sent 200 pounds of these
to the troops in Iraq over a 3 month period)
½ cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup Kahlua
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.
In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder and kahlua. Spread batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. 16 servings
Dream A Little Scream - Review by Martha A. Cheves
Ali and Taylor Blake are sisters. Ali owns a candy Shop in Savannah, Ga called Oldies But Goodies. Taylor arrived in Savannah a few months ago to find the vintage candy shop, just a couple of blocks off the Historic District, struggling. Between the two sisters, changes were made, they invested in some marketing, added a cafe menu, and things were looking up. They had bone from the red to the black and felt sure their changes would keep it that way. That is until they agreed to host a book signing for cookbook author Sonia Scott. The turnout was great and everything was going just as planned until Sonia starts complaining that her chest feels so tight she can hardly breathe. Apparently she is allergic to cats, and Ali owns two. But when Sonia's employee Olivia explains that it was something besides the cats, something much worse. And when her EpiPen turns up missing, nine-one-one was called. Apparently, Sonia is allergic to more than cats. She is also allergic to nuts of any kind. But everyone who made snacks for the signing knew this and would never have put nuts into their dishes, or would they.
Taylor and Ali are part of a group they call The Dream Club. They meet weekly in the apartment above the shop, and they serve sweet tea, coffee, and a delicious array of pastries. She calls the Dream Club members their "beta testers," and she adds the most popular items to the cafe menu downstairs. With what has just happened to Sonia, it's time to call an emergency meeting of the club's members, which were all present at the signing anyway, to see if they could put their heads together and solve yet another mystery.
Dream A Little Scream had so many twists and turns that each time I thought I knew who the culprit was I found myself doubting my ability to determine the good guys, or gals, from the bad. And I must say this is the norm for Author Mary Kennedy. I've read just about everything she has written and am always hoping for more.