Monday, December 04, 2006

Its been ages!!

Missed me? :)

Or did you (yes, you. Stop looking behind!) delete me off your bookmark list due to my lack of updates? *evil stare*

It was a tough battle the past month having to deal with lots of administrative matters at home :) Though, there's still alot to be done, I'm hoping this post will help keep this blog alive...

The day started in the wee hours of the morning at 6am *yawns* as I had to literally peel open my eyelids... (what is this.... I am a slave to the stupid brownie? waking up at such an unearthly hour? Risking big black eyebags? - this was the only thought running through my head)

And, despite the sleepiness and zonking out in the process of putting the ingredients in, the brownie turned out pretty nice (not in terms of looks.. but in terms of taste I must say)

Introducing the long-awaited cream cheese brownie (from daintybites)... *applaud please*

Even though the brownie doesn't look as delicious as the one on daintybites, don't be deceived!!!!!! It does taste nice especially with ice-cream!!

Ingredients for brownie
100g self raising flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
70g dark chocolate, broken into pieces (used herseys special dark chocolate. It isn't special really.. it was just its name)
100g plain chocolate, broken into pieces (I used normal baking chocolate)
120g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
3/4 cup of sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs

Ingredients for cream cheese filling 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk

1. Whisk flour, salt and baking powder together. Set aside.
2. Melt the chocolates and butter using low heat in my turbo-boiler (heh.. the lazy way).
3. Whisk in sugar and vanilla extract.
4. Whisk in eggs, one at a time. Mix sure well combined before adding the next.
5. When the chocolate mixture is smooth and shiny, whisk in the flour mixture. Set aside.
6. Cream the cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract until smooth.
7. Pour half of chocolate mixture and drop dollops of cream cheese mixture and pour remaining chocolate mixture and remaining cream cheese mixture into a aluminum lined and greased square baking pan (I think the pan I used was 7 5/8 inch). Using a knife, draw big "S"s in the baking pan to swirl the cream cheese into the chocolate mixture.
8. Bake in preheated turbo boiler at 110 degC for 60 to 90 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

I believe the brownie could have been baked for a longer time as the base of my brownie was still a little bit gooey, but it came out alright after a few hours in the fridge (again, the lazy way)