Friday, September 12, 2014

Chocolate Brownies



















STRESSED spelt backward is DESSERTS ….how very true ! As for me, whenever I am stressed up I will think of something to bake or cook to destress myself. Whenever I have a work problem or something I can’t solve or when I am highly strung I will turn to baking LOL!  And only baking will somehow soothe my nerves and act as a tranquilizer to calm my anxiety. And I will put aside my problems and will be lost in world of my own….into my own baking world. :) A good form of destressing is baking..:)))  I can't wait to retire.  A piece of chocolate brownies is comforting :)

I have been wanting to try my hand at brownies for some time now. It has been in my to do list some time back but never got the chance to try it out. This recipe is from someone ‘s blog ( I can’t remember from where I copied the recipe so I am not able to quote whose’s recipe it is but I have modified it a bit )  If it yours , I hereby say " Thank you for sharing the recipe "   This is a very nice chocolate brownie recipe. I have to reduce the sugar to suit myself :p . And I have added a little bit more flour to the mixture so as not to have a too gooey texture.

It came out nice and the cream cheese blends well with the chocolate in the cake.



















Haha..I really can't swirl and make marble pattern on the brownies



















What kind of marbled pattern is this???? :)


This chocolatey brownies will taste better overnite and eat with a dollop of ice-cream


Ingredients for Chocolate Brownies Batter


125 gm butter
100gm chocolate bar ( preferably 70% pure cocoa )
50 gm dried sultanas or raisins or cranberries
75 gm chopped almonds
40 gm cocoa powder ( sifted)
35 gm plain flour ( sifted)
1.5 tsp baking powder
70 gm castor sugar ( I used 60gm )
2 large eggs ( lightly beaten)


Method:


1. Preheat oven at 180 deg celsius
2. Line a rectangular baking tin with greaseproof paper
3. Melt chocolate and butter over a bowl of hot water. Mix until smooth

4. In a separate bowl, mix cocoa powder, plain flour, baking powder and sugar together. Gradually add into the chocolate and butter mixture.
Add in eggs slowly until the texture is a silky consistency.
5. Stir in nuts and raisins.

Pour batter into the prepared baking tin and set aside while you
whipTogether the cream cheese batter.


Ingredients for Cream Cheese Batter


125 gm softened cream cheese
50 gm caster sugar
½ large egg yolk

Method:

Whisk together cream cheese batter in a bowl until smooth.
Dollop over the chocolate brownie batter and swirl the cream cheese batter with a butter knife. Bake in the oven for approximately 45 mins to 1 hour
Take it out and cool for 15 minutes before cutting them out into little squares
Serve warm with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream.



** The brownies are a little gooey in the centre and that doesn’t mean it is under baked.It is just perfect. Take note that the baking time will vary depending on the size
of your baking tin. The shallower the batter the shorter the baking time. ( For me it is abt 40 mins )


Enjoy and have a great weekend !





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