Jane Taylor is excited to share her culinary sweet treat favorites with the Bedford Community. Baking is a favorite pastime. Her greatest joy is spending time with family (including two grandsons) and friends. Pursuing outdoor adventures such as hiking, biking, walking, pickleball, and singing in a local choral group keeps her active outside the kitchen. A Bedford resident for 42 years, Jane is a new contributor to The Bedford Citizen. She and her husband, Tim, raised their two sons, Jeff and Eric, here and are proud to call “Bedford” their home.
Growing up in a dessert-oriented family, I quickly became a sweets-baking aficionado!
Desserts were considered an essential post–mealtime treat.
It all started in the fourth grade with a popular brownie mix, an eager “audience” of taste testers (my family), and hours spent in my grandmother’s kitchens watching them craft yummy baked goods.
Brownies became one of my all-time favorite baking choices. Sundays became “Brownie Night” at our household when the boys were growing up.
When we first moved to Bedford 42 years ago, our young next-door neighbor frequented our kitchen in hopes that brownies were baking in the oven. Soon thereafter, my brownies made regular “appearances” on hiking trips; a treat to be savored at a number of mountain peaks.
I also quickly made “friends” by bringing my tasty chocolate creations to the workplace.
This Tri-Level Brownies recipe is one of my favorites. My sister and I discovered this particular recipe in a cookbook at my grandmother’s Newfound Lake Cottage kitchen. We’d spend days off from our camp counseling job in New Hampshire baking up a storm!
Bottom Layer: (Set Oven to 350 degrees)
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
9 tablespoons melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
(Mix ingredients; Press in 8×8 pan and bake for 10 minutes)
1 and 1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate (melted)
6 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 plus 1/8 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
(Cream butter, sugar, and melted chocolate; Beat in egg, add dry ingredients and milk; Spread over bottom layer; Bake 20 minutes)
Top Layer (Frosting) Double the layer if you prefer a thicker frosting layer
1 square melted unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 and 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
(Blend chocolate and melted butter; Add sugar and vanilla and 2 tablespoons water to make a pourable consistency: Pour frosting on brownie layer when it comes out of the oven.
Top with chopped pecans or walnuts. Cut when cool. ENJOY!
Can’t wait to try!!!
Love this new feature in the citizen. Jane makes the best desserts!