- By Martini Severin

BOSTON (CBS) – Somewhere between Thanksgiving and Easter, I lost my favorite white baking dish. No doubt a friend or one of my cousins took it home last time I made Brookies and forgot to return it. And since no one has come forth with my lost dish, it was time to get a new one. What are Brookies you ask? Well, imagine that Brownie and Cookie met and had a love child–Brookie is the result of that relationship.

I decided to shop for my new baking dish online since I wanted to deviate from my obsession with white baking dishes. There are so many color options when deciding to purchase a baking dish. Did I want my one in cassis, fennel, or dijon? In my mind, these colors evoked a grand picnic by the Seine or modern a dinner party overlooking a vineyard in wine country in California.

By the time I booted up my computer, I had already convinced myself that I would live on the edge this one time. No more white bake ware for this baker in the making! Before long, I started to entertain thoughts of pouring my Brookies batter in a lime green—or should I say, citron—baking dish. A mere seven minutes later, I closed my laptop, grabbed my jacket and headed out the door to my local hardware store. I had tried to live on the edge, but citron bake ware just was not in my future.

The thing is, no nonsense white dishes allow food—the rouge of strawberries or the coral color of peaches—to speak for themselves. A baking dish in dijon, citron or cassis would fight the simplicity of the dishes I wanted to create. With my new baking dish in hand, I started to dream of baked goods made with summer fruits. I could make cherry tarts, strawberry and blueberry cobblers, peach tart tartin, and lemon and guava pies! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it all!

Less than an hour after shutting my computer, I was preparing to inaugurate my new dish by baking Brookies. The idea came to me in a dream — seriously — about 10 years ago. I have since made the recipe several times over, and am currently working on perfecting it. But for now, if you’d like to try Brookies, simply make batter for brownies and for cookies and then mix the two liberally. Bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees and there you have it: light and decadent goodness that will have your friends thinking that you are a baking god or goddess.

I know that I for one will be heading to my local farmer’s market for fruit to make a cobbler this weekend! First, I have to finish eating my Brookies.

To find you’re perfect baking dish try one of these stores:

Dickson Brothers True Value Hardware

26 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-6760
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 6 pm / Sat 8:30 am – 5:30 pm / Sun 10 am – 4 pm
website and info

Tag’s Hardware

Porter Square Shopping Center
29 White St
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 868-7711
Hours: Mon-Sat 8 am – 8 pm / Sun 9 am – 6 pm
website and info

China Fair Inc.

70 Needham St
Newton, MA 02461
(617) 864-3050
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am – 6 pm
website and info

Economy True Value Hardware

219 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02228
(617) 536-4280
Hours: Mon-Sat 7:30 am – 9 pm / Sun 11 am – 7 pm
website and info

Martini blogs on the Boston fashion scene at BeyondBostonChic.com. She goes in search of the latest
trends and snaps shots of men and women around the city who really understand style.


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