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Chocolate Brownie Squares

Happy Friday everyone! It’s been one of those crazy weeks, leaving me terribly excited for the weekend. The thought of just sitting down and staring at a blank wall for unexplainable amount of time has got me excited 🙂

One of my first posts was the Chocolate Brownie, which you can view here. As you can see it’s more of a cake/pudding type of chocolate brownie, served with chocolate sauce and preferably some generous scoops of ice-cream. Whenever I go to really good bakeries, I see these really divine chocolate brownie squares, my new-found addiction is the Lindt double chunk chocolate brownies which are sold at the Thursday Earth Fair Market in St Georges Mall…oh my they are heavenly! To combat my constant craving for these delicious blocks of love and goodness, I decided to attempt some sort of version myself.

To make things a tad bit more interesting for this classic brownie recipe, I added a generous handful of roughly chopped milky bar, taking the chocolatey-ness (yes that’s a word in my dictionary) to the next level.

I wish I could have taken some gorgeous pictures of them, but I promise you, before I knew it they were all swiped up….which is always a good thing!

Wishing you all a great weekend and even better Heritage/Braai Day on Tuesday!

 

Ingredients:

– 250g chocolate (I used Lindt milk chocolate)

– 60g flour

– 60g cocoa powder

– 1/2 tsp baking powder

– pinch of salt

– 300g caster sugar

– 250g softened butter

– 4 eggs – 3 whole eggs plain and 1 egg yolk

 

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a 23cm square baking tin with paper.

2. Melt 200g of the chocolate and set aside to cool slightly. Roughly chop the remaining chocolate.

3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

4. Beat the sugar and butter together until it is pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, together with a tablespoon of the dry ingredients. Beat in the melted chocolate, and then fold in the remaining dry ingredients and the chopped chocolate pieces. This is the opportunity to get creative and add nuts, more chocolate, etc.

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Now isn't that just fluffy!

Now isn’t that just fluffy!

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5. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and bake for about 30-35 minutes.

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6. Cake tester inserted in the middle of the cake should come out sticky but not with raw cake mixture attached to it. The cake will also continue to cook as it cools.

 

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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Isn’t it just amazing weather in Cape Town?! It’s been forever since I’ve defrosted 🙂 This beautiful weather has inspired me to finally post the utterly divine triple chocolate chip cookie recipe.

I attempted these yummy babies two weekends ago when I had a little baking frenzy.  They are delicious and even warranted a comment “Aunty Saadiyah, you make such nice things” from my adorable nephew Zaydaan 🙂

If you have kids, this is the perfect recipe to make with them as it’s simple and a visual feast. They’ll just loooooove throwing in the various types of chocolate and watching it whizz away. As with most of my posts, this is the answer for any chocoholic (note to self, I really need to curb myself with the chocolate in take).

If you’re looking for a place to purchase these different types of chocolates, I bought them at Value Baking Supplies – It’s a bakers heaven and I find their prices are much better than most of the competing baking supply stores.

Aaaaaand here you go:

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup mini or regular chocolate chips (I prefer chopping up dairy milk chocolate)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or baking paper – I used this incredible non stick sheet that I purchased at Lindt Chocolate Studio
  2. Place butter and sugars into an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy, approximately 2 minutes.

IMG_9968        3. Add egg and vanilla mixing until well combined. Add flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt, mixing to combine

4. Add all chocolate chips and mix to combine.

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5. With a medium ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto baking sheet, spaced apart and bake for 12-15 minutes, until baked through.

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6. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Then it’s time to devour 😀

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Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread

What a weekend it’s been, I’ve definitely baked to my heart’s content and have made up for my creative baking lull…well I’d say. On Saturday I whipped up I chocoholics ultimate cookie…triple choc chip! Keeping in tune with the chocolate theme, I mixed it up a bit and made a salted caramel chocolate cake. On Sunday I tried to steer away from chocolate, not that you could ever overdo it 🙂 and I attempted a banoffee roulade, which turned out great until I tried to roll it up – I killed it…literally! Poked holes into it which lead to caramel oozing out, it wasn’t pretty but it still tasted good! The final item on my weekend baking to-do list was a cinnamon roll pull apart bread….oh my goodness, what a perfect little treat for those wintery evening sweet cravings. My family seems to think it tastes like Cinnabon 🙂 I’d take that as a stamp of approval, right?  Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Muffins

With Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour out the way and everything mellowing down, life is finally beginning to settle down. To say that I’ve been busy at work is an understatement, it has been absolutely manic, but thoroughly enjoyable (aside from being constantly exhausted 😉 ). Watching the thousands of cyclists lining up at the start line and basking in the infectious atmosphere from start to finish has definitely stung me with the cycling bug. Completing a Cycle Tour is definitely on my bucket list – stop laughing…I can do it! 😀 109km’s piece of cake…ok maybe I should just stick to the cake…  Continue reading

Cinnamon Sugar Roll Cookies

It’s been ages! With Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and the Two Oceans Marathon just a few weeks away our office has turned into a manic station of late nights and sugar-highs. As the PR agency of record for both these major events, to say we’ve been busy is an understatement, luckily it’s the good kind of busy. I’m thoroughly enjoying every bit of it, the hype leading up to these events are phenomenal – the world of cycling and running is just another realm on its own.

Enough about me…on to the yumminess! I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for the past  month along with my Red Velvet Cupcake recipe, which I will post soon…I promise! I’m a huge fan of cinnabons and when I stumbled upon this recipe, I was sold by the concept. If you’re a fan of cinnamon-sugar pancakes and cinnabons, you’ll love these!

Without further ado…here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

2 Cups sugar

1 Cup butter, softened

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 Cup sour cream

6 Cups flour

2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons softened butter, (slice 2 Tablespoons 6 times totaling 12 tablespoons)

1 1/2 Cups light brown sugar, divided into 1/4 Cups

1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided

Frosting:

8 oz softened cream cheese

1/2 Cup icing sugar

2-4 Tablespoons milk, to thin icing

Method:

1. Cream the sugar and butter using an electic mixer. Add eggs, vanilla and sour cream and mix well. Slowly add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined.

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2. For best results separate the dough into 2 batches, place in plastic wrap in a disc shape and chill for at least 2 hours.

3. Once chilled, cut each disc into thirds and roll into a 1/8 inch thick oval, about 12 inches X 5 inches.  Spread each rolled pieces of dough with 2 Tablespoons softened butter, 1/4 Cup brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.  Start rolling from the long end closest to you, rolling into a log shape.  Using a sharp knife, cut 1/2 inch pieces of dough then placing onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 175 degrees for 9-11 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from baking sheet.

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4.  For the frosting, beat the cream cheese until softened and smooth, slowly add icing sugar and milk until desired consistency.  Frost cookies then place in fridge until ready to serve.

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