The Spectrum 8 and the Joy of Brownies

January 29, 2010 Ella
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My favorite movie Cinema is not in New York City, though there are quite a few great ones. I like the Spectrum 8 in Albany, not far from my home town.  Whenever I’m home and especially on Christmas Day my brother and I make a point to go see a flick.  Its nice to avoid the mall cinemas, especially at holiday season, and this little indie joint has great atmosphere.  They screen your standard blockbusters, as well as more obscure films.  For instance we saw Sherlock Holmes on Christmas, which was really great.  I can’t wait for the sequel where I’m sure that great chemistry between Robert Downey Jr and Jude Lude will surely have steeped a bit more.

Speaking of chemistry lets get to a recipe.  The Spectrum 8 has a great snack bar.  They offer movie-goer-favorites like buttered popcorn and generous amounts of candy, but are great because they pop their popcorn in real corn oil and butter–not flavorcal (eek!) and also have a selection of fresh baked goods (YES!) and other indulgent yet wholesome goodies.  They have selection of wonderful brownies, so without further adieu.

Homemade Brownies from none other than The Joy of Cooking

4 oz unsweetened baker’s chocolate

1/2c (1 stick of butter)

Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler until smooth.  Set aside and let cool, though chocolate should not harden.

4 eggs at room temperature

2 cups of sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 c flour

Beat eggs and salt, gradually add 2 cups of sugar, vanilla.  Combine chocolate with egg sugar mixture with a few swift strokes.  Do not mix till uniform!  Fold in 1 c flour and 1 cup chopped nuts.

Bake in a well greased cookie sheet or pyrex dish at 350 degrees.   Bake 25 minutes.


Entry Filed under: Chocolate,Snacks

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pamela  |  January 29, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Yummmy….I will try this recipe. You seem to b a cake lover.

    Take the Cake Personality Test and find out which Cake you are like. I m a Marble Cake 🙂 and I have enjoyed the test a lot….. I m sure u will enjoy it too. Have fun!!

  • 2. Mrs. G  |  January 29, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Ella – I love the clever connection to an Albany landmark with a recipe from “The Joy of Cooking” . This is indeed a wonderful brownie recipe with hints on insuring that the convection does not turn out too dry. My twist was alway to have some semi-sweet chocolate melted in a double boiler to frost over when the brownies were right out of the oven. Remember those bake sales on Election Day at St. Brigid’s??? Big hit – so I was told.

    • 3. Ella  |  January 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm

      No need to melt the chocolate–remember we used to put the chocolate chips or peanut butter chips right on top of the brownies, straight out of the oven? They would melt as you spread gently with a knife. Good memory mom!

      • 4. Mrs. G  |  January 31, 2010 at 5:57 pm

        Oh yes – you’re right. I must have been thinking of those three layer brownies with the creme de mint kick!!

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