What is Texas Brownies ? I have no clue , all i know is .. that it’s a sheet chocolate cake with chocolate icing . And in my case , it is a really moist cake !! Why do they call it brownies ? They’re not even chewy like most brownies are .. I wonder about that too sometimes . Maybe i should as a true Texan , born and raised and who knows maybe one will be able to give me the answer .
The first i made this was years and years ago , from a Taste of Home magazine that my MIL subscribed into . I thought it was quite interesting and easy . Back then , i’d do anything that is easy , the easier the better !! This happen to meet my criteria 😀 So i made them , and they turned out to be very delicious and moist . I don’t make them that often and i think after that first time i only made them 2 more times and then that it’s . In fact for the past 3 years .. i don’t think i have made one batch at all of this delicious dessert . Why ? i don’t know .. i guess because the recipe was put in a recipe box that i hardly opened ..
So , when we were invited to the super bowl party this sunday , my husband signed us up to bring Texas Brownies . We talked about it before he signed me up .. i did ask him what should i bring , and he said ‘ what about Texas Brownies ? After all .. we’re in Texas !! ” LOL .. i don’t know why he suddenly brought up that we’re in texas and let’s make texas brownies .. It seemed weird .. 😀
Fine by me though .. it was easy .. preparation is really a piece of cake and delicious result , what more could you ask ? So here it is .. the old fashioned Texas Sheet Cake , or Texas Brownies .. It was a hit in the party , they loved it and go ahead try it … let me know if you agree with me !!
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of very strong coffee ( dark , and bold )
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of vegetable shortening ( crisco )
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. of vanilla
1/2 cup of buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
For icing :
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1. In a large bowl , mix flour and sugar . In a small pot , heat up the butter , shortening and coffee and cocoa , bring to boil for a minute . Then pour this into the flour sugar mixture , beat with speed on medium .
2. Add the buttermilk , and mix well with medium speed . Add 2 eggs , and beat well . Add vanilla and baking soda . Mix well . Pour into 17.5 x 11 inch of baking sheet ( greased with vegetable shortening also )
3. Bake at 400 F for about 20 minutes or less , insert a toothpick to see if it’s done or not .
Meanwhile it’s baking , let’s make the icing :
1. Melt the butter , milk and cocoa , then mix well , and add the powdered sugar . Beat with whisk , until smooth . Pour on top of the brownies straight from the oven . Spread the icing evenly , let cool before cut and serve .