31 October 2011

The Baked Brownie

It was a weekend, full of sweet and calories! haha

Hubby called it as "hari mama memasak".

Being a morning person, as usual i started off the day by doing some laundry and cleaning. Then i took out the usual ingredients and start mixing the batter for pancake, and here we go 8-9 pcs of beautiful pancakes ready for brekkie. Thought of giving a try to any of the crepes recipes that i've collected from the internet (remember my failed crepes story, ahaaa i still determine to improvise my crepe skills!), but suddenly ideas popped out! why not using the marvellous Nigella's pancake batter to make crepes eh??after all they're using basically the same ingredients. So without further ado i added some milk to make the batter more fluid, and drop a ladle of the batter onto the same pan. See whether i got it right this time or not????






tadaaaaaaaaa!!!!! Appearance-wise still not as beautiful as the one selling at the kiosk, but finally i managed to make a thin and slim crepe!! haha. You can actually vary the fillings - chocolate, ground peanuts, banana, whipped cream, slices of fresh fruit like kiwi, peach, strawberry, anything! Eat it hot from the stove, ahh ur kids surely will fall in love with this piece :)

This is hb's all-time favourite for brekkie! I had the pancake with blueberry pie filling, while hb ate it with maple syrup..ala2 Mc D big B gitewww!

I cooked Hawaiian macaroni bolognese for lunch (the term Hawaiian since i put pineapple slices in the bolognese sauce) and now let's see what we had for our dessert..........

The Baked Brownie by Matt Lewis!!!!! As posted in fb, this version of dark chocolate brownie is simply divide and sinful. It's very chocolaty, rich, fudgy, sweet, a crowd-pleaser, a must-try, definitely a keeper! Kesimpulannya, you must try this out, it surely never fail you :) I must say that this is the best brownie i've ever tasted before. It cracked on the top, but no worry as that was actually what made it to be different and outstanding from any other brownies!
I've altered the recipe here n there to suit my taste, and everybody just loves it. Hb likes it, my kids love it, my colleague said sedappppppnyerrrrr, my neighbour also said the same, and myself??? haha makan tak bley stop beb, kol 11.30pm ngapp 4 ketul sekaligus time panas2 tuh :p heaven!

gambar fresh from the oven

So now let's take a peep at the recipe..jgn lupa try ok!!!

The Baked Brownie – Matt Lewis (Oprah’s favourite!)- taken from Baked: New Frontiers In Baking
makes 24 brownies – use 8x8’
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp dark unsweetened cocoa
11 oz. dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1″ pieces - i use salted butter, and omit the salt
1 tsp instant espresso powder - i use nescafe rich
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar - i reduce to 1 1/4 cups
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar - i reduce to 1/4 cups
5 eggs at room temp
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9×13″ glass or light-colored metal baking pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and cocoa.
Melt the chocolate, butter, instant espresso powder, stirring occasionally, until completely melted and smooth. Turn off the heat. Whisk in the sugars. Mixture should be room temperature.

Add 3 eggs to the mixture and whisk until just combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until just combined.

Stir in the vanilla. Do not over beat the batter at this stage or your brownies will be cakey.
Sprinkle in the flour mixture, and fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until combined. Using a spatula (DO NOT USE A WHISK) fold the dry into the wet until there is just a trace amount of the flour/cocoa mix visible.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs.
When cool, cut the brownies into squares. These keep tightly wrapped for up to three days.

Ok then, hepi baking everyone!!


laydida said...

kita buat brownie pun kurangkan gula. ada rasa bitter sket2 tu yg sedap. kalau nak tmbah rasa manis berkrim, top with vanilla ice-cream or whipped cream *nomm nomm* adoi..trasa nak buat brownie weekend ni. tapi hutang nak buat cupcakes dgn irene masih tak berbayar tsk

yatiscloset said...

kite ade mkn this brownie with ice cream, but i prefer to eat 'em alone..baru rasa crunchy top tuh :)

thought of doing devil's food cake tis weekend..nyumm nyummsss