I had an absolutely splended 4th of July weekend. Thursday was my company picnic. Friday night Kevin and I headed to the Fireman's Carnival and ate awesome tacos. Saturday night I went to a barbecue at my mother's boyfriend's house (which I'll never do again - waaaaayyyy too much family awkwardness in his home), and Sunday evening my good friend and riding instructor, Lynne along with her husband threw another barbecue. When I wasn't out eating, I was at the barn riding, so I haven't been online much to read your blogs or make any posts. I hope to catch up with all of you wonderful people this week and see what you all made and ate this weekend.
Anyway, my weekend was filled with parties, so what better excuse to make dessert? I bookended my weekend with this last week's Sweet Treat of the Week and this week's Sweet Treat of the Week.
So what delights were in store?
The company picnic is also the company bake off. I said in a previous post that the picnic would be the one exception this summer where I baked from a blog rather than from a book. I had found the perfect recipe, a recipe that looked like a surefire winner, in a blog many months ago.
Can you guess who's blog?
Come on. Guess!
Will this help?
The recipe of course is Emily's. These are her Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies. It goes to show you that I never forget a delicious looking recipe when I see one.
They have yet to do the voting, so I don't know if I won. They were gobbled up pretty well at the picnic. I made 32 of them and there were maybe 10 or 12 left when I went home. I had a few people tell me how good they were. However, I heard a few other people singing the praises of other desserts, so I don't know how these will fare once the votes are counted.
For Lynne's party I followed the rule for this summer and I went back to the book.
I made a chocolate chip banana tea cake this week.
I have seen so many great banana bread recipes on the blogs. I have seen them with Nutella and Dulce de Leche and all sorts of interesting ingredients. This cake was just chocolate chips (not that there's anything wrong with that). I was a little disappointed with the texture of this cake. It was almost chewy. Lynne and Kevin both told me it was great, but I thought it could have been better.
Two recipes from this book down and neither has thrilled me. They haven't been bad, but nothing I have made so far has been as good as Emily's brownies.
If you still want to try, email me for the recipe.