Yom Kippur occurred on Septmenber 25th...this post came up a little late!
|What do brownies have to do with Yom Kippur? Anything I want.|
It’s curious being in a country with traditions that greatly predate even the existence of the United States; it makes one realize just how inexperienced America actually is.Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement,” is the holiest day of the year in Jewish culture. For 25 hours, beginning at sunset the day before and ending at nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur, the devout fast and spend time on intensive prayer. It’s the day where God supposedly seals peoples’ fates for the coming year, so spending the hours on atonement and repentance is kind of a big deal, especially if you’ve been procrastinating this sort of thing the other 364 days.
|Enjoying the empty Yom Kippur streets in Tel Aviv Photo Cred: Oliver Weiken/ EPA|
Eilat is a city that is known for its overzealous focus on profit from tourism, so it’s nice to see that not even this gets in the way of tradition and religious ritual. Even for the non-religious it’s a day of rest, if only to respect the wishes of the religious.
|Looking out over Eilat, where the absent sound of motors is a wonderful sound|
Let’s think about taking our Sundays back. If you already have the weekends off, ask yourself if you’re really taking some time during those days to think about your life—what you’re thankful for, the relationships you’ve nurtured, what you're doing with your life…you know the drill.
Thanksgiving could be every week! And by that I mean I want to eat Thanksgiving dinner at least once a week, but that’s not the point. Let’s just relax a little, ok?
|Anybody out there?|
But maybe I won't feel so guilty after all...? We all know that the Chowgypsy is incapable of taking a traditional recipe and not trying to make it cheap and/or healthy in some way...
It certainly doesn't look healthy.Brace yourselves people, because the Chowgypsy has just invented Beet & Bulgur Brownies. I got healthy on some chocolate. Some may say I've gone too far; I say I've created a masterpiece.
I ask you to suspend judgment, because the fact is, I'm on to something. Somehow, beets blend beautifully with dark chocolate. If it weren't for the slightly red tint of these brownies, most people wouldn't be able to guess that beets are in there at all.
And bulgur, my faithful bulgur...always happy to take the backseat to a recipe while nevertheless adding so much: Texturally sound, flavorfully mild, and nutritionally superior--you just keep doin' your thing, honey.
|This looks precarious. Stabilize yourself or you might fall into my mouth.|
Or I'd say, "hm, it must have something to do with the cocoa powder," and then I'd watch as they finish their bite and then tell them the secret ingredients and watch as a rainbow spreads out behind them while they mystically transform into beautiful, healthy, exemplary eaters and human beings. That's how easy it is, folks. So go ahead, make your day. Make brownies that are very secretly [mostly] healthy.
Fudgy Beet and Bulgur Brownies
Notes: I significantly decreased the egg, sugar, and oil that this recipe called for, which is why you see ingredients like yogurt (acting as oil) and fruit puree (substituting 2 egg yolks). You can also sub honey for more sugar, but that would just be silly.
DirectionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk cocoa, coffee, and boiling water in a bowl. Add baker's chocolate and whisk to melt—things might be a little chunky, and that’s ok. Add butter and oil, then egg and vanilla, then yogurt and fruit puree. Whisk until smooth. Add sugar & honey. Whisk ‘til smooth...again. Add flour, salt, and cinnamon, whisk until just incorporated, then fold in beetroot, bulgur, and chocolate chips.
Pour into greased baking pan...13x9 should do it (ideally not an oval pan like mine) and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean. Or, if you're like me, undercook them at about 35 minutes just because you like that kind of thing.How I love Jewish holidays! Click here to sign up for more fudgy, strangely healthy, and fun experiences with the Chowgypsy! Vaguely adapted from Cooks Illustrated Chewy Brownies
|you know i can't resist a threesome...of brownies.|