Tuesday, March 6, 2012

ottolenghi brownies

assalamu'alaikum wrm wbt

before i begin my rambling, i would love to share this link
by us.nouman ali khan .. never lose hope in the mercy of Allah
a beautiful insight indeed! and very very inspiring!
thank you k.shidah for posting this link in FB

i realized that i havent been making brownies for quite some time
everytime i crave for something chocolatey, i will find a cadbury!
sometimes its in the fridge. sometimes its in my car. magic? no.
its from my dear hubby's magic hands ^_^
my husband fill up the fuel for me and whenever he did so,
i will find a bar of cadbury on the dashboard
my husband is the one who did groceries and whenever he did so,
i will find a bar of cadbury or maybe ferero or kinder bueno in the fridge
i just love it when he surprised me that way & put a smile on my face :)
cant help falling in love over and over again. adoi.. romantikla pulok :p
(ye lah tu. we tend to forget our anniversaries! how romantic is that?)

but last nite.. i was so frustated & dissappointed with my chubby boy..
i ate half of the cadbury bar (adik kecik ate the rest) and i feel like wanting more!
i have to do something with my hands. something chocolatey.
what else to do other than brownies? :)
i would say this is brownies-air-mata-ibu
i cant stop crying while making this.
am very very emotional when it comes to kids.
i should have always remember this aayat from surah al-anfaal:

And know that your properties and your children are but a trial and that Allah has with Him a great reward. (QS8:28)
anyway, i feel great after mixing and folding everything
and the great feeling escalated even more when i ate this brownies
so gooeeyy... so chocolatey... so ummmmmmmmm... puas hati!
finally my husband managed to slow-talk with my boy
he end-up went to pray by himself and came to ask forgiveness from me
its so good to hug him & be hugged by him :)
alhamdulillahi 'alaa kulli haal..

very very very chocolatey

ottolenghi brownies
source: letherbakecake
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 280g plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 300g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 220g granulated or caster sugar <-- i use 200g
  • 1tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 375g "additions" (chopped nuts, dried cranberries, dried sour cherries, mini marshmallows, white chocolate chunks, toffee bits, etc.) <-- i use dried apricots, figs and white chocolate
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C / 350F. Grease a 22cm / 8in square baking pan and line with parchment or baking paper, leaving some to overhang the edges of the pan on two sides.
  2. Whisk together the flour and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Put the butter and chocolate in a saucepan set over very low heat. Leave to melt, stirring from time to time. Turn off the heat.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Beat vigorously for about a minute, until the mixture becomes pale and foamy. Fold in the melted chocolate mixture, then fold in the flour, just until combined. Add your chosen additions and fold in until well distributed.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 25 minutes, until a knife inserted in the centre comes out with gooey crumbs sticking to it. The brownie will feel thicker but not entirely set in the middle - if it seems like it isn't quite ready, then it's probably time to take it out! Allow the brownie to cool completely before cutting into squares - you may want to give it some time in the fridge if you want it to set very dense and fudgy.
in our tropical weather, its best eaten once out of fridge

picture will be posted much much later in the evening.. or maybe tomorrow.

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