The first thing I baked this past week in my cast iron skillet was meatloaf. I preheated the pan beforehand so that the meat mixture sizzled and seared when I was putting it into the skillet, and it baked up in half the time of a normal meatloaf. It turned out so much better than normal, although normal is pretty good.
|We ate on this mammoth loaf for two nights! #success|
|Meat loaf with Sweet Potato Mash and Pea|
And then tonight I made brownies!
This is the recipe I ended up using (due to the ingredients I had on hand):
1/2 c butter, softened
Packet of Dark Chocolate Dream Peanut Butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1 t Vanilla
1 t Baking Soda (subbed 1/4 tsp Baking Soda plus 1/2 tsp cream of tartar)
1/2 tsp Salt
1 2/3 c flour
2 T cocoa powder
1 c semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
1/2 c peanut butter chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and leave the skillet in the over to preheat. In a large bowl mix together the butters, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. In another bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda and then add to the wet ingredients until a batter forms. Stir in 1/2 of the chocolate chips. Spoon the batter into the slightly cooled cast iron skillet. Even the batter out and press to within 1/2" of the edges of the skillet. Top with remaining chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.
|Looking good already!|
I am excited about making other things in my skillet, like Irish Soda Farls and Lefse (with saffron) among other things. I have a few other pieces of cast iron in the set in the basement that need to be seasoned and cooked with this autumn... I am forecasting a yummy season.