Monday, October 15, 2018

Welcome to #Choctoberfest 2018 (& Magazine Monday #42: Fudgy Mexican Brownies)

Happy Magazine Monday, and welcome to #Choctoberfest 2018 with Imperial Sugar, the Gold Sponsor of #Choctoberfest!

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year...#Choctoberfest is here! From now until the end of the week, I am joining forces with over 100 other bloggers from around the world to post delicious chocolate recipes. Every day, #Choctoberfest bloggers will be celebrating all things chocolate - milk, dark, white, bittersweet, semi-sweet, and cocoa! We are starting with a #Choctoberfest prize pack from our generous sponsors. Scroll down to learn how you can enter to win. One lucky winner will receive the following:
  • A 100-Piece Cake Decorating Kit from our blog sponsors The PinterTest Kitchen. This set includes a cake turntable, piping bags, piping tips, flower nozzles, scapers, and more.
  • An Instant Pot and a 40-Pound Case of Granulated Sugar from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar. Imperial Sugar provides high-quality sugar and sweetener products and over 100 years of time-tested recipes. Sweet things happen when people come together in the kitchen, and that’s why Imperial Sugar has been at the heart of family traditions and celebrations for generations.
  • Coconut Oil and Chocolate Silk Greens from our silver sponsor Barlean's, your trusted source for chocolatey goodness superfood nutrition. Barlean's has a commitment to staying ahead of the innovation curve in providing the absolute highest quality product.
  • A Chocolate Gift Pack from our silver sponsor Forte Chocolates. You'll receive 12 of their most popular chocolate bars. With Forte Chocolates, you can celebrate life through chocolate. They also have a line of chocolate developed specifically to use in savory recipes.
  • A Chocolate Gift Pack from our silver sponsor Divine Chocolate. You'll receive one of each of their baking bars, a white chocolate bar, and their top 5 everyday bars. Divine Chocolate is the only Fairtrade chocolate company in the world that is owned by cocoa farmers. Their baking bars are also a delicious vegan option.
  • A Selection of Sprinkles from our silver sponsor Sprinkle Pop. Sprinkle Pop's bespoke sprinkle creations are one of a kind, just like you! At Sprinkle Pop, you can also order a custom sprinkle mix; there isn't a sprinkle mix that you can dream up that they can't create.
That's a prize pack worth over $400! Open worldwide, except where prohibited. Must be 18+ to enter (21+ in some locations). See terms and conditions for more details.

To enter, simply follow our sponsors using the widget below. You can gain additional entries by following me and the other participating bloggers. A winner will be drawn on October 21, 2018 and contacted via email. Good luck!

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Don't forget to come back to my blog for more chocolatey goodness between now and October 20. Also, if you missed my #Choctoberfest posts from last year, you can find them all here.

Also, check out the participating bloggers: The PinterTest Kitchen 2 Cookin Mamas 27th and Olive A Day in the Life on the Farm A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures A Little Fish in the Kitchen addicted 2 recipes Amy's Cooking Adventures An Affair from the Heart April GoLightly At the Table with R and R Baking Sense Blade & Barbell Blogghetti Body Rebooted Books n' Cooks Bottom Left of the Mitten Canning and Cooking at Home Cheese Curd In Paradise Chef Sarah Elizabeth Cindy's Recipes and Writings Coconut & Lime Cook With Renu Cook's Hideout Cookaholic Wife Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt Daily Dish Recipes Everyday Eileen Fairyburger Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice Family Around the Table Fix Me a Little Lunch Frankly Entertaining Frugal & Fit Get the Good Stuff! Growing Up Gabel Hardly A Goddess Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks Home Sweet Homestead House of Nash Eats Intelligent Domestications jenniferbakes JoAnn's Food Bites Join Us, Pull up a Chair Jolene's Recipe Journal Jonesin’ For Taste Karen's Kitchen Stories Kate's Recipe Box Kelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats LeMoine Family Kitchen Life on Food Life, Love, and Good Food Lisa's Dinnertime Dish Little House Big Alaska Long Distance Baking Maria's Mixing Bowl Moore or Less Cooking Must Love Home Norine's Nest Our Good Life Our Sutton Place OVENTales Palatable Pastime Prettysweetblog Red Cottage Chronicles Restless Chipotle Reviews, Chews & How-Tos Sarah Cooks the Books Sarah's Bake Studio Savory Moments Seasonal and Holiday Recipe Exchange Seasoned Sprinkles Seduction In The Kitchen Simple Family Crazy Life Simply Inspired Meals Snacks and Sips Soulfully Made Stephie The Happy Mom Sumptuous Spoonfuls Sweet Coralice Take Two Tapas Tampa Cake Girl That Recipe The Baking Fairy The Beard and The Baker The Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine The Gingered Whisk The Heritage Cook The Mad Scientist's Kitchen The Olive Blogger The Pajama Chef The Redhead Baker The Saucy Fig The Spiffy Cookie The Weekday Gourmet This is How I Cook Trampling Rose Turnips 2 Tangerines Walking Fruitfully Wendy Polisi Wildflour's Cottage Kitchen Zesty South Indian Kitchen

Now, this isn't technically a sponsored post, as Imperial Sugar didn't send me anything so I could talk about them, but since they're our biggest sponsor, and I still had sugar from last year's event (y'all remember the 88 pounds of sugar, right?), I thought I'd give them a shout-out.

On to the recipe!

There's really nothing about this recipe that makes these brownies "Mexican" except for the inclusion of cinnamon.  I'd been hoping for some cayenne pepper or something, but no.  I guess I could have added it myself.  C'est la vie.

Anyway, I was surprised by how much cocoa is in these, but it makes for very fudgy, very delicious brownie.

Enjoy these, enter our fantastic #Choctoberfest giveaway, and come back Wednesday and Friday for more goodies!

Fudgy Mexican Brownies
Makes 16
From Rachael Ray Every Day, October 2016


3 sticks butter
3 cups Imperial Sugar brand pure cane sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
5 large eggs
2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp. instant coffee granules
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon, divided
2 Tbsp. Imperial Sugar brand powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil, leaving an overhang of about three inches.  Butter the foil.  (Crisco works, too.)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan.  Remove from heat and add the sugar, vanilla, and salt, and mix until glossy.  Add the eggs and beat until blended.

Add the cocoa powder, flour, coffee, and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Combine until just blended, then scrape the mixture into the baking dish.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Mine took 45 minutes, but check after 35 minutes and every few minutes after that.  Let cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon and the powdered sugar and sift over brownies.  Using the foil overhang, lift the brownies from the pan and cut into 16 rectangles.

Check out the other #Choctoberfest links for today below!


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