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A Schooner Valentine

Good morning and a Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Although it’s not a surprise to anyone, chocolate aboard the Mary Day is a weekly (daily, for some) treat. Mary makes the best chocolate desserts by far and we seem to never tire of them. With much research done this winter we have come up with a new recipe to add to Mary’s repertoire…. and we’re willing to give you a sneak peek, or taste, as to what you may find aboard this summer. It’s a chocolate covered brownie, filled with chocolate chips….ooo, la, la…. It is simply divine and easy to make! We’ve made it this week in honor of Valentine’s Day. We’d love to share with you, however chocolate in this house, as aboard Mary Day, doesn’t last long. Try a batch, let us know what you think and savour every bite!

Brownies fit for a King

¾ cup sugar 1/3 cup butter 2 Tablespoons water 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (divided) 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs ¾ cup flour ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking soda 2 Tablespoons shortening 4 chocolate bars

In a saucepan, while stirring frequently, bring sugar, butter and water to a boil. Take off the heat and stir in one cup of the chocolate chips and vanilla. The chips should melt. Let cool while you mix the dry ingredients. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt and baking soda. Beat the two eggs in the saucepan with the chocolate mixture. Then add the dry ingredients. Stir well. Add the other cup of chocolate chips. These should not melt. Mix well and pour into a greased 9 inch square baking pan. Bake at 325° for approx. 25-30 minutes. As the brownies are cooling, in a double boiler pan, melt the four chocolate bars and shortening. Spread this over the cooled brownies. Option: try topping the melted chocolate with chopped nuts or crushed pepperment candies! Enjoy!

Be well. Do good and have a wonderful, chocolatey Valentine’s Day!

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