There are many ways to celebrate the reopening of a park after years and years of environmental cleanup. The organizers of last Saturday's Barriefest tried many of them.
Among the more delicious was the Barriefest Cookie and Brownie Bake Off. Because the Journal loves all things dark and gooey as they relate to Barrie Park we agreed to run the winning recipe when Krista Mikos of the South East Oak Park Community Organization called.
Here it is: The first place winner was Theresa Savingeau, owner of Absolute Fitness in southeast Oak Park. She made 'MB's Brownies.'
(Theresa usually doubles this recipe and makes them in a cookie sheet with at least a 1/2 inch lip.)
6 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 sticks butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
For topping: 2 oz each of white, milk, and semi-sweet chocolate
Melt the butter and chocolate in a double boiler and set aside to cool. (It must be cooled before being added to the rest of recipe.)
Oil and flour the cookie sheet and lay down parchment paper on top of that.
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Whisk the eggs together. Add the sugar gradually to the eggs while whisking. Once all the sugar is added, beat on high with a hand mixer for six minutes. (Theresa actually sets a timer for six minutes.)
Pour the cooled butter/chocolate mixture into the egg/sugar mixture and blend. Add the flour, salt and vanilla gradually. Pour onto cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes. Test for doneness.
Let the brownies cool and then turn them out of the pan. Cut them into strips and then into triangles. Put the triangles on a wax paper covered cookie sheet.
Separately, melt the 2 oz of each type of chocolate for the topping.
Drizzle the white chocolate with a spoon to create a pattern. Repeat for the milk, and then the semi-sweet chocolate.
Let cool, harden and enjoy!
The other two winners were: Second place to Sue Kehias with her "Double Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats" and third place to Liliana Walsh for her 'chocolate chip cookies.'