The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Shelbyville News”.By: Blaise Doubman.
Peanut Butter Pudding Filled Brownies
Sometimes I miss my Grandma Barbra and Grandma Deloris so bad that I physically find myself unable to breath. For those that do not know, my Grandma Deloris passed away last November, and my Grandma Barbra passed away only 10 days later. I have learned a lot about grief in the short months that have followed and feel like I still have a lot to learn in the future. Some of the things I have learned is that everyone experiences grief differently. Some people want to go through pictures, talk about memories and start sorting over the person’s personal belongings. Other people leave everything just as it is and would prefer to try and block out most memories because they either can’t deal with the fact the person they love is no longer with them or they just simply can not handle it, mentally. Everyone is different in the process of grieving. I have also learned that grief comes in waves. One day you will be fine, then you will find yourself a crying mess on the floor because a strong memory has come out of nowhere. I have also learned that grief is no beauty maker. Grief often causes sleepless nights, anxiety filled days and sometimes a depression that does not seem to leave no matter how hard you try to shake it. Then again, other people seem, at least to me, to handle grief beautifully with faith and purpose. I have tried to handle things well but have failed in that grieving aspect.
I have so much more to learn and observe about grief. I do know that hearing encouraging words help more than a person may realize. I can not tell you how appreciative I am for my family and friends checking up on me and giving me pep talks. Writing down the good memories and funny stories have helped me also. Organizing recipe files and creating recipes in their memories have helped too. Such is the case in the recipe I am sharing today. Both of my Grandma’s loved brownies in all varieties. With this recipe I really wanted to make something different and delicious, so I added a layer of peanut butter pudding in the brownies! Basically, what you have here is a chocolate brownie, topped with peanut butter pudding and then topped with chocolate frosting. I like using homemade chocolate frosting for this recipe but if you are in a hurry you can use the prepared variety. If using the prepared frosting, I always do what my Grandma Barbra did and empty the contents out into a bowl and stir in a little extra powdered sugar and pure vanilla extract. “Doctoring it up” is what she would call this method! Ha! These brownies have helped in my grieving process and are a sweet new made memory.
Peanut Butter Pudding Filled Brownies
These can be made in advance, wrapped and chilled in the refrigerator for up to three days. Feel free to substitute your favorite variation of pudding for the instant vanilla pudding mix in this recipe.
1 fudge brownie mix, 9×13-inch baking pan size
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
3 heaping tablespoons smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons whole milk
5 teaspoons instant vanilla pudding mix
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Prepared chocolate fudge frosting
Start by preparing your fudge brownies according to package directions. To add extra chocolate flavor, stir in 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules to your brownie batter before baking.
Remove baked brownies from the oven and allow to cool completely.
In a large bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, melted unsalted butter, smooth peanut butter, whole milk, instant vanilla pudding mix and pure vanilla extract. Pour this mixture evenly over the cooled brownies. Smooth out the top evenly.
Place into the refrigerated to chill for about 30 minutes.
Remove and frost evenly with the prepared chocolate fudge frosting.
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