Tis the Season

The last month of the year yanks our emotions up and down. It’s great to be out celebrating and seeing friends. It’s also overwhelming to be burdened with errands.

December is the month of gift-giving, but life is easier with online and phone ordering. Here’s an unabashed suggestion: go to fatwitch.com to order a gift. At Fat Witch, we look at each order and communicate with you if something seems amiss. We strive to make your order perfect, but we won’t correct spelling errors on message cards (we figure they are intentional) and cannot anticipate incorrect addresses, e.g. 4 vs 14.DEC14 PHOTO1

Our Manhattan store inside Chelsea Market is open 9am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and 9am to 8pm on Sundays. We can have your order ready for pickup, but be sure to call us first 212-807-1335 if you live in NYC or 888-419-4824 if you live outside of NYC (M-F 9am-6pm EST).

Holiday note: our store inside Chelsea Market and our phone order desk will close at 3pm EST December 24th until Friday, December 26 at 9am EST.

Here’s some practical (and admittedly un-asked–for) advice about dealing with mail-order folks during the month of December, especially at small artisanal companies. Remember, the person on the other end WANTS your order to go smoothly.

  • The more you know about what you want to order and when you want it sent, the more someone can help. If possible, check out the website first.
  • Most phone order personnel have been trained to respond patiently and courteously (smile when talking with a customer), but they cannot always be on-target with your needs unless you communicate.
  • If you have a list, some companies like Fat Witch Bakery will accept an email or fax order.
  • Never put your credit card information in the body of an email. Send in an attachment. Or you can send in a secure fax. Call the business to let them know you will be doing this.

If you are in Manhattan, don’t forget to wander by Rockefeller Plaza and see the giant tree. It is always thrilling.
DEC 14 rock ctr treeAnd if in that nabe, stop by for Brazilian food on West 46th Street (Little Brazil), just don’t remind them about the World Cup.
DEC 14 PHOTO3 And, of course, wander down the Manhattan map and come by for a taste of Fat Witch Brownies at our store inside Chelsea Market.
DEC 14 photostorebrowniesYou may not be a baking fiend like me, but you might want to put something in the oven and call it yours. Our Fat Witch Original Brownie mix is easy and delicious when you need to bring a home-made treat to a party.
DEC 14 photomixesOn the other hand, you might enjoy baking even after a long day of work. I like to make Emerald City Brownies when Tis the Season. See the recipe below.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

The Witch </:)

DEC 14 RecipeEmerald City Brownies

12 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces bitter sweet chocolate chopped into even sized pieces
1 tablespoon peppermint extract
3 large eggs
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup unbleached flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup mint chips
½ cup green sugar sprinkles

Grease a 9” x 9” baking pan with butter.  Dust the pan with flour and tap out the excess.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently.  Remove the pan from the heat and cool slightly before mixing in the peppermint extract.

Cream the eggs, sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl.  Add the cooled chocolate mixture and mix until well blended.

Measure the flour and salt and sift together directly into the batter. Mix until well combined and no trace of the dry ingredients remains.

Stir in the mint chips.  Mix well.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and top with the sprinkles.

Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with only crumbs, not batter, on it.

Remove the pan from the oven and let cool on a rack for at least 1 hour.  Cut just before serving.

Makes 12-16 brownies.