Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Woops, We Competed in a Triathlon and Tequila Lime Brownies

Shortly before this weekend's two mile open water swim race, I got a message from Beth that was a little scary.

Change of plans for Sunday. Bring your bike. I'll email you tomorrow.

The email? It had a link for an entry form for the Pequannock Triathlon. Which would be in SIX DAYS.

Me: Uh, Beth? Never done a triathlon before.

Beth: Whatever. You have a bike.

Since we had a whole 20 hours between the races, we took some time to bake these tequila lime brownies.

Tequila Lime Brownies (adapted from Nick Malgieri’s Supernatural Brownies) - Ingredients

For the brownie layer

6 ounces semi sweet chocolate (Ghirardelli 62% cocoa)

8 ounces butter

4 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Juice of ½ lime

1 cup flour

For the tequila-lime cream cheese layer

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

Juice of 1 ½ limes

Zest of 2 limes

¼ cup tequila

Prepare the tequila-lime layer by beating cream cheese, sugar, and egg until smooth. Add the lime zest, lime juice, vanilla, and tequila and mix until uniform. Set aside.

Beth, tequila-baking expert extraordinaire and winner of the Women's 25-29 age group at our triathlon, took charge for that part. I dealt with the chocolate part. Here goes:

Melt the butter and chocolate together over low heat until just melted, set aside and allow to cool. Beat four eggs until fluffy, then add sugar and brown sugar, beat until fluffy again. Add salt, vanilla, lime juice and chocolate-butter mixture, blend until uniform. Fold in flour, then pour batter into a buttered 9”x13” pan. Spread tequila lime mixture on top, cut through the batter with a knife to swirl.

Bake at 350° F for 45-55 minutes, or until brownies are firm when the pan is shaken.

Allow to cool before cutting. Or let everybody in the house do this to the pan.

Hope that there are at least a few left for a picture.


Have you done a triathlon before? Did you have more than six days of notice?


  1. Never done a triathlon before....want to one day though!

  2. Easy there killer, you are now at two posts in a row mentioning non baking/chocolate stuff.

    Not gonna answer your Q's. ;)

  3. We are genius bakers. GENIUS!

    Nice job on the tri! I think 6 days was more than enough time to prepare. Yes?

  4. Oh ooof again! So much exercise. So much pain. Do you love it?:)

    I was just jonesing for some brownies over the weekend, which is a rarity for me. Mmm, tequila.

  5. With all the biking and running you do, I'm not surprised you rocked a tri with 6 days notice. Great job girl!

  6. I've never done a triathlon but I am planning on one (a short one!) next summer. Brownies look great!

  7. 6 days .. that's almost a whole week! Thats plenty of time to get ready for a tri. If it was a half IM you would have done that as well :)

    P.S. I need some of those brownies!

  8. That is incredible that you can do that! These brownies look amazing, great way to fuel:-)

  9. How did I miss this? The brownies sound amazing, I need to make them asap. Can't believe you swam 2 MILES and then did a triathlon! I can't even conceive of that. So was it good? I once got like 4 days notice that I was doing a metric marathon. Oh, exercise friends.

  10. I think I shall carbo-load IM with tequila lime brownies. That is all.