Stress Relief

I know a lot of people relieve stress differently, and for me that is cooking and baking. I know for most people cooking and baking is not stress relief at all with all the clean up and work. However for me its therapeutic. Its working with my hands and it gives me an immense sense of satisfaction when it is all done. The smell of something baking reminds me of childhood which was for the most part stress free for me. Whether that was baking bread with my grandfather or baking just about anything with my mother, it was all about that moment. So I take the time that I have for baking and cooking as a time out, a moment where nothing else is happening but what I am working on. Its nice not to have to multi-task for once in my day. So even though I was baking this weekend I needed to bake tonight. So I was looking for something I had all of the ingredients for and wasn't in cupcake or muffin form. So these sounded perfect. Interesting combination to have white chocolate in brownies and I know a lot of people don't like white chocolate because its not really chocolate. I find its buttery taste and texture is fantastic when I'm in the mood for it. These took no time at all to make and would be great addition to a sweets table.

White Chocolate Brownies

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 ounces white chocolate
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour an 8 inch square baking pan, or line with foil.
Melt butter and 4 oz of white chocolate together in top of double boiler over hot water. When melted remove from heat and add the remaining white chocolate. Stir to blend well. Set aside. Beat the eggs and sugar until pale and thick.Add white chocolate and butter mixture, vanilla and flour. Beat just until smooth. Add chocolate chips and mix in by hand, being careful not to over mix.

Pour into prepared pan and bake 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Cut into squares or bars.

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