A beta reader observed about the characters in my novels; ‘What do they eat? They never seem to eat anything!’ Since then I’ve written in a few mouthfuls here and there. But really, with a lovely bunch of immortals who don’t require food (except the less pleasant ones, and we won’t go into their eating habits here), other than the odd human moment, provisions in Siaris are thin on the ground.
To rectify this state of affairs, I hereby open a column for Otherworldly, Interstellar Recipes…the Intergalactic Gourmet’s Trek. All contributors are welcome; if you can tell me what your dragon, your automaton, or your version of Mr. Spock has for breakfast, your recipes belong here!
The Trek’s first contributor is fellow Musa author, Cynthia Vespia, author of Demon Hunter. After promising me something healthy, it turns out she runs her heroes on the richest brew of brownies I’ve ever come across. Thanks, Cynthia! I’ll try these out on my son and see if he starts leaping sofas in a single bound.
So, in Cynthia’s words:
A little backstory. In the days when problems were solved by the swing of a sword, hungry bellies were filled with anything left in the cupboards. Since many were going to battle the richer and more filling the meal the better. In that spirit Mace Benton’s Tavern from my fantasy adventure Demon Hunter is offering up a luscious desert to ward off the biggest enemy of all…a hungry stomach.
FANTASY FUDGE BROWNIES
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 bag mini-marshmellows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.
In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.
As the brownies cool top with chocolate morsels and mini-marshmellows, cover with a baking tray until melted.
Tip: Marshmellows will be sticky. Dip knife in hot water to cut and serve.
Brought to you by author Cynthia Vespia
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