Sinister Brownies

August 29, 2008

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I saw the recipe for these oh so evil brownies at this wonderful blog called sugar plum. The minute I saw them I had no choice but to  try them out! Here’s why, they started haunting me.period. Yes they haunted me in my day dreams at work (pssst.. that’s where I discovered the recipe, when I was taking my well earned 10 minute break). They haunted me while I was at my daily 6k jog!

They are evil. They are rich. They are sooo unbearably delicious! You just want to keep ’em coming!

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Some pointless information regarding myself – since I will be going off to university in like 18 days or so ( I’m going to The university of Nottingham – Malaysia campus), I’ve been really busy accumulating very important necessities – like a french press to make really REALLy REALLLLLY frothy hot chocolate – OMG I’ll tell you about that later). Anyway yesterday we got all the food thingies and beautifying equipment (lotion, potions..)! So I’m really happy about that – it makes it all so real! I never thought that my way overprotective parents will ever part with me – ever! But I guess the beautacious ‘A’ that I got in my A-level economics did the trick! 😀

The recipe from sugar plum

Oreo Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies

  • Ingredients:

1) 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

2) 3/4 cup granulated sugar

3) 8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, softened

4) 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

5) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

6) 1 cup all purpose flour

7) 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder

8) 1/2 teaspoon salt (scant)

9) 2 large eggs

10) 1 1/3 cups coarsely chopped Oreo cookies

  • Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch square baking dish with foil; coat foil with cooking spray.

2) Melt the butter in a small saucepan, over medium heat. Whisk in sugar and bring to a boil, whisking frequently; boil 1 minute. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

3) In a small mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract, until well combined, about 1 minute.

4) In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder and salt; whisk until combined.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, until combined. Whisk in melted butter-sugar mixture until well combined. Stir in flour mixture until just combined, followed by Oreo cookies.

5) Spread half of brownie batter into baking dish, followed by cream cheese layer; dot the top with remaining brownie batter, and spread evenly, as best as you can. Run a knife through batter to make "swirls".
Bake at 350 degrees F, for 23-25 minutes (I kept mine in the oven for around 35 min because I thought they weren’t done – but I should have taken them out earlier – well every body’s gatsta learn somewhere)

6) Cool on a wire rack to room temperature before slicing. Lift foil out of baking dish, and slice into 9 bars. For easier slicing, try freezing the brownies for 30-60 minutes. ( I turned them out on a serving platter – BIG mistake! They got stuck to the plate – not stuck stuck, but you get the picture. I recommend you cut them in the pan then remove each beauty separately – you may notice the from the pictures that they are a somewhat disfigured, well this is the reason)
Yield: 9 brownies

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Rich, Fudgy Brownies… need i say more

June 22, 2008


Hey there, last Monday our neighbour gave birth to a baby girl and i volunteered to bake brownies to take when we visit! original huh?!
anyway this aint the best picture .. since by olympus camera is apparently completely unprofessional! But i do assure you that these are probably the easiest and quikest and simply heavenly brownies you’ll ever make! it literally takes maximum 10 minutes to throught everything together and shove it in the oven! In the original recipe the baking time is around 40minutes but due to the slowness of my oven it took my brownies about an hour to reach the delectableness that they were! again dont let the unprofessional pictor fool you these are reaally and i mean reallly good simple/easy/uncomplicated brownies ever!! (do i have you convinced?! :P)
anyway, i do have the pictor from the original website (yumsugar) and i decided to upload that as well since they look so much better than mine. Although mine tasted reallyy good as well and like they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder (or the stupid camera with which you capture it with)! the recipe:

Rich, Fudgy Brownies

Ingredients:

1. 8 oz (1 cup) unsalted butter plus enough softened unsalted butter to grease the pan.
2. 3 oz (2/3 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour plus enough to line the pan.
3. 2 cups granulated sugar.
4. 4 large room temperature eggs [this seriously makes a difference].
5. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
6. 2 1/2 oz (3/4 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder.
7. 1/2 tsp baking powder.
8. 1/2 tsp table salt.

Method:

1) Position rack in center of oven and heat to 350F.

2) Butter and flour a 9″ square pan, tapping out excess flour. [I decided to use cocoa powder instead of flour.]

3) Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.

4) Remove pan from heat – whisk or stir in sugar, followed by all four eggs and vanilla.

5) Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Go slowly to keep the ingredients from flying out of the pan. Stir until smooth and uniform.

6) Spread batter into prepared baking pan, smoothing so it fills the pan evenly.

7) Bake until a toothpick or skewer comes out clean (there will be a few clumps clinging to it) — this will take about 40 minutes.

8) Let brownies cool completely in the pan on a rack.