The List Lady

basic cakey brownies

Before all of my vacations, I pull out a pen and notepad to write lists. I jot down everything, from the individual shirts and earrings on my packing list to the sights and restaurants on my daily activities list. But every time, I forget to make one very important list: the what-to-do-with-what’s-left-in-the-fridge list.  


I usually end up frantically calling friends and neighbors the night before my flight, begging them to take the block of cheddar cheese or ripe red raspberries off of my hands. If no one picks up the phone, the garbage can eats all of the perishables for me instead.


basic cakey brownies


This time, a half-gallon of milk and a carton of yogurt sat pitifully on the shelf. I noticed them two days before leaving, so I still had time to click through various websites until I found recipes for both.


The best part? Freezing the goods and having delicious treats to come home to!


basic cakey brownies


Basic Cakey Brownies

from Anka’s No Pudge Brownie Clone

makes 16

These thick brownies couldn’t be easier to make: one bowl, one pan, but lots of flavor! They go exceptionally well with ice cream too.

1 c. sugar

¾ c. flour

½ c. unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp cornstarch

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

⅔ c. nonfat vanilla yogurt (or ⅔ c. nonfat plain yogurt + ½ tsp vanilla extract)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°, and lightly coat an 8×8” baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar and next five ingredients (through salt). Stir in the yogurt. The batter will be thick, but if not all of the dry ingredients are incorporated, add 1 tbsp water (or up to 3 tbsp) until everything is mixed in.
  3. Spread the batter into all corners of the pan, and bake at 350° for 25-30 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan before cutting into squares.


basic cakey brownies



August 27, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss.


  1. trkingmomoe replied:

    What a nice inexpensive recipe for brownies. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Brittany replied:

    Ohh you can never go wrong with brownies!! These look SO good!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thanks! And that is SO true! Brownies, fudge, cake, cookies… Anything with chocolate in it is always amazing (and irresistible)!!

  3. petit4chocolatier replied:

    Look delicious!

  4. Andrea replied:

    Ugh, HATE seeing food go to waste! My biggest pet peeve! Love that you found a freezable use for your milk and yogurt! And a delicious-looking one at that!

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