Monday, March 25, 2013

Orange Brownies


Really not sure why this re-posted itself...but here's a blast from the past!

Well, I didn't hit my goal this morning. Not surprising, but it's ok. I'm thinking maybe I just need a little bit of a break. I've decided that I'm going to stay as close to on plan as possible for the rest of the week and enjoy myself to the fullest on vacation. I will deal with the damage after I get back. I'm hoping that taking a week off will give me a little bit of momentum to lose this last pound, plus whatever I might pick up while we're gone. We had a luncheon at work today to celebrate Administrative Assistant's Day. I decided to try a new recipe that I saw on Paula's Home Cooking a few weeks ago. These brownies were so incredibly good! Nothing about them is Weight Watchers friendly though. I have decided that I will try to make these more friendly to the plan though. Once I do, I will happily post my results here, Here's the recipe:

ORANGE BROWNIES
adapted from Paula's Home Cooking
Servings: 24
Points+: 8


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
4 eggs
2 teaspoons pure orange extract
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 recipe Orange Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan.

Orange Brownies:
Stir together flour, granulated sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add butter, eggs, orange extract, and orange zest. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven, allow to cool and pierce entire cake with a fork. Spread the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting over completely cooled brownies. Cut into squares.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons softened butter
1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice

In a large mixing bowl, whip the butter and cream cheese together with a hand-held electric mixer. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar until it is all combined and smooth. Beat in the orange zest and juice. Spread over brownies.


EXERCISE Well, since I didn't stay anywhere close to on plan today, I definitely needed a good workout tonight. I decided right after lunch that nothing but Bob's Super Strength workout would do...arm shaking and all! Even though I didn't reach my goal today, I still hope to some day and I will keep up with my workouts to do so! No excuses! So long for today...

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