I have this big dark dirty secret. I lead a double life. By day, (or more appropriately, the ass-crack of dawn) I am the newest full-time personal trainer at Healthworks, the #1 Rated Fitness Center for Women by Fitness Magazine. I wear my spandex pants and bounce around the club from one machine to the other. I promote health and well being and eventually plan on building up my reputation as "Killer," the precious little nickname I acquired at my job in Virginia.
But by night... oh by night, it's a different me. I become this softie who can peacefully stand over a pot of melting chocolate, completely content being by myself and in the quiet. I become this undercover persona who can just as easily run a half marathon or bake a pan of brownies that will rock your world. It's sort of like an identity crisis. Who do I choose? The hardcore trainer who can make major changes to your life and body or the girl who lights up when she sees people's reaction to her red velvet cake?
Mums the word for now, but until next time, Lord almighty, check these out. Adapted from Zesty Cook, these brownies, literally, might have been the best ever. If you're Mrs. Werner, I'm sure Dan will keel over if you make these for him... he is such a Ghirardelli snob!
Caramel Swirl Cake-Brownies
1 pkg. (18.25 oz.) chocolate cake mix
1 cup Evaporated Milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
35 (10-oz. pkg.) caramels, unwrapped
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine cake mix, 2/3 cup evaporated milk and butter in a bowl (batter will be thick). Spread half of batter into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
2. During the last few minutes of baking, heat caramels and remaining evaporated milk in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until caramels are melted. Sprinkle chocolate chips over brownie and then drizzle with caramel mixture.
3. Drop remaining batter by heaping teaspoon over caramel mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack and try not to devour in one sitting. Or eat the whole pan and then book your first appointment with me.