As it has happened in many households for the past two and half years, ours was visited by COVID last week. Our younger son was the first to be infected, and then, a few days and a negative test later, I started to be symptomatic. Needless to say that there was no Mother’s Day weekend for us, or a weekend at all. My husband, thank goodness, seems to have sailed through the storm immune, and tended to us with love and thoughtfulness. He is our rock.
Unfortunately, together with quite an array of symptoms, COVID has brought an altered taste, quite bitter in my case. So currently I am not enjoying sweets very much, but rather things salty and sour. Go figure! The sense of smell is still intact. So, if the taste won’t return any time soon, I will just need my family to give more judgmental than loving feedback.
But even with a lack of appetite for anything sweet, I thought of my son, who just went through a pretty tough, albeit brief, encounter with the virus, and I decided to bake some brownies. I wanted something quick, different, and a recipe for which I had all the ingredients already available. Once again, Nick Malgieri came to the rescue. In his Modern Baker cookbook, I found these sour cream brownies, dense, chocolatey, with a subtle hint of tanginess. How could I resist adapting them to their gluten-free version? I made them only with chocolate chips, since my son doesn’t like nuts, but they would be fantastic with walnuts or pecans.