I just had to write this grilled dessert recipes page after what happened last night. You won't believe it!
My dear sister Kathy bought a fantastic propane grill for her hubby/my brother in-law, Larry. Five burners inside, one on the outside. Stainless steel, double wall construction. Sweet! It even has a rotisserie!
Larry grilled up some country style pork ribs and a variety of grilled veggies ...peppers, green onions, eggplant and potatos. Everything turned out GREAT! Larry is a true master at smoking ribs and brisket in his wood burning pit smoker, and at grilling steaks over charcoal.
But gas grilling? Well, last night was the first time he ever cooked on a gas grill. But you never would have guessed it. Everything came out perfect, like he'd been gas grilling for years.
After we finished the meal, I jokingly suggested baking a cake in the grill. Kathy said "Sure, let's try it! I'll mix up some brownies." So we did.
My sister mixed up a batch of her famous brownies while Larry and I set up the grill. We turned the two outer burners on high, and next two burners to low. The middle burner was left off. Set up like this, the grill maintained the perfect temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. So far, so good!
The batter went into the pan, and the pan was placed into the grill, dead center over the unlit burner. We had no idea of what the outcome would be. Sometimes you just have to live life on the edge!
With the timer ticking, we commenced a rousing game of pinochle. Thirty minutes later, the grill was opened to check our experiment. It looked perfect! But sometimes looks can be deceiving.
So we waited as it cooled. A few more hands of pinochle, then it was time. We each tried a nice and warm piece of the the grilled brownie experiment. And you know what? Success! It was, I believe, the best tasting brownie I ever had. Moist, tender and chocolatey. Before last night, I never would have believed that brownies could be grilled.
The best thing about these brownies is that they are fat free, sugar free, and calorie free. (if you don't eat any - if you do, well...nothing's really free, is it?)
One and 1/2 sticks butter (6 ounces), melted
5 heaping tablespoons powdered cocoa
2 cups white sugar
4 whole eggs
One and 1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, then add the cocoa, mixing well. Remove the pan from the heat. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, vanilla and sugar to the cocoa and butter, mixing thoroughly. Gently stir in the dry ingredients. Don't overmix the batter, or the brownies will be tough. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan.
Bake, er...I mean GRILL the brownies for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove and let cool for one-half hour.
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