My track coach is a very wise man. He always pushes the point that although painful, the 200 meter dash takes up a mere 30-seconds of your life, and that sometimes, one has to suck-it-up for a little bit to reap serious rewards.
I’ve applied his wisdom to less painful pursuits than the 200-meter dash — like getting a pedicure, shopping, and baking brownies.
My friend Emilia and I treated ourselves to pedicures last weekend. What could be better than an entire hour devoted to pampering yourself? I can’t think of many things I’d rather do than get a pedicure (except for maybe shopping or baking brownies… keep reading). Every moment is pure bliss… except for those few minutes at the beginning when the lady scrubs the bottom of your feet with a pumice stone. I am painfully ticklish, and it takes every ounce of will power to not start screaming/crying/laughing. But once that’s done, I’ve still got another 45 minutes of bliss to go.
I love shopping for shoes, and often find myself falling head-over-heels for the latest, crazy pair. Suddenly, there’s nothing I’d rather do than buy them on the spot, take them home with me, rip the tags off, and walk around in them for the rest of my life. However, I’ve learned the hard way that buying shoes (and ripping the tags off) without trying them on is a recipe for blisters and tears. Although frustrating for an impatient girl like me, waiting to try them on saves me a box of band-aids.
Just like enduring the pumice stone and waiting to try on shoes, these knock-your-socks-off brownies require a bit of will power as well. I had to unwrap not one, but two boxes of Ferrero Rochers to put in these brownies, and couldn’t even eat one. However, after struggling through, and waiting for these to (almost) cool, I got to stuff three of these super fudgy bad boys in my face. Totally worth it.
P.S. I think I’ve found my new go-to brownie recipe! Tartine’s brownies are the perfect balance between cakey and fudgy, with a beautiful, crinkly crust!
1 pound bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 large eggs (the original recipe calls for five eggs, but I don’t like tall brownies)
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 boxes of Ferrero Rocher chocolates
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