I was a huge Brady Bunch watcher when I was growing up.
I am fairly certain that I saw all the episodes multiple times over.
The reason that I am bringing this up is because my children were watching a show yesterday called Kick Buttowski.
It made me nostalgic for The Bradys.
Kick Buttowski obviously kicks butt at extreme sports, but the Bradys play sports too…like football (Oh! My Nose!) and basketball (Mom always said, Don’t play ball in the house!)…see, the action is there!
Sorry for geeking out there with the Brady quotes, but seriously…my kids need a little Brady. No more butt kicking.
I was in love with Peter…please don’t repeat that…
…wanted to wear micro-minis like Marcia…
and wanted a housekeeper like Alice.
I mean c’mon..how awesome was Alice?
When we were on vacation in Florida my little guy wanted to get a souvenir Tiki Idol…
I literally ran across the souvenir shop in slow motion, yelling a guttural “NOOOOOOOOO”!
No one understood as I rambled on incoherently about tarantulas, surfing accidents, ancient burial grounds and Don Ho.
We left Tiki Idol-less, thanks to me…otherwise I might still be Florida trying to navigate my way through a series of unfortunate mishaps.
See, if my kids watched The Brady Bunch I wouldn’t have to be so vigilant.
After a search on my television, it seems as though my kids are stuck with Kick Buttowski because there are no Brady reruns to be found.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t try to get persuade them to be nostalgic in other ways…and by other ways I mean desserts.
Was there any doubt?
Soda shops have that certain Brady-esque feel to them, and since I have the strange need to turn everything into a baked good let’s do the soda shop favorite, the Root Beer Float, my way.
First you start with delicious chocolate, both white and dark. I’m an equal opportunity baker.
I also found this cool stuff…A&W Root Beer Float Dessert topper, which is awesome for these as a garnish, but not necessary. ( found it at Wal-Mart)
The root beer in the batter gave the brownies a fine crumb, but the melted chocolate gave them a rich fudgy texture. Really yummy! You can’t taste the root beer in the brownies, it just changes the texture and adds a layer of sweetness.
Then of course I topped the brownies with Root Beer Frosting and a quick drizzle of that Root Beer Syrup. Perfection!
Recipe: Root Beer Float Brownies
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 6 oz chopped semi sweet chocolate
- 3 oz white chocolate
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 8 oz. root beer
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Line a 9×9 baking dish with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Sift flour, cocoa powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.
- Over a double boiler (or in microwave) melt the butter, semi-sweet and white chocolates together.
- Remove from heat when just melted and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- Using your mixer mix the eggs, sugars and vanilla together.
- Slowly add in the cooled chocolate mixture.
- Now add half the flour and half the root beer. Mix on low, scraping the sides.
- Repeat with the remaining flour and root beer until just combined. Batter will be on the thin side.
- Pour batter into your prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes, until center is just set.
- Let cool completely before cutting or frosting.
adapted from Baking Bites
Preparation time: 40 minute(s)
Cooking time: 25 minute(s)
Recipe: Root Beer Frosting
- 1/2 cup room temp butter
- 1/3 cup root beer, no foam
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp. root beer extract (optional)
- Beat butter on medium speed until smooth.
- Slowly add in your powdered sugar and mix in.
- Now add your root beer and extract, if desired.
- Beat on medium until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated.
The root beer extract is optional. It will give the frosting more of a distinct root beer flavor. Always add more or less powdered sugar until the consistency you desire is reached.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
brownie recipe adapted from Baking Bites