Can we chat about the perils of multi-tasking for just sec? I do this thing where I try to get a bunch of little things done while something bakes. It’s a little game I play, you could say. It’s like when you were a kid and your piano teacher would set the timer for you to practice and you’d try to finish all the songs before the timer would go off…
Side note: I think I may have been a very obnoxious piano student.
Side note 2.0: I can’t play anything on the piano these days. So I was a least a very poor student. Oh my.
Anyway, last night I made quinoa brownies (the obsession continues!) and as they were baking I had grand plans to do the dishes, pick up my room and paint my nails while reading Entertainment Weekly (stop judging-I can feel it!). I, thinking I was so clever, planned to paint my nails last so I wouldn’t smear them in the process of doing other things.
Also, these are pretty short baking brownies. Some brownies take 45 minutes to an hour to bake. These take 30 minutes (or slightly less depending on your oven). So I had to be quick… done, done and done. Then comes taking the brownies out of the oven and I realize I have to put on my oven mitts… dang. I seriously stared at the oven mitts for probably a whole minute thinking; “I wonder if I could just, like, not use the oven mitts.” Because I didn’t want to mess up my nails.
Of course, I used the mitts. I only smeared one nail. The brownies turned out amazing so that totally made up for it anyway.
Coconut Quinoa Brownies, makes one 9×13 pan
Needed: 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup quinoa flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup butter, 8 ounces chopped dark chocolate, 2 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 5 eggs and 2/3 cup coconut flakes (I used the sweetened kind, you do as you please).
In a large bowl combine the flours, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a pot melt the butter and chocolate together over low heat, stirring as you go. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and sugar. Pour the chocolate sugar mixture into the flour mixture. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring in between to incorporate them.
Pour batter into a prepared baking dish, I lined mine with parchment paper but non-stick spray or butter and flour works great too. Sprinkle on the coconut and bake at 350F for 26-30 minutes. These will be slightly uncooked in the center, but that makes them even better the next day after being refrigerated overnight.
Enjoy! xo. Emma