Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

My friend Selina has been posting photos of delicious looking brownies that she had baked for a few weeks now and it has made me crave chocolate brownies. I had a rush of inspiration and decided to look for a recipe that is easy and delicious.

I ended up finding one recipe that was adapted from Alice Medrich’s Chocolate Brownie recipe. The recipe looked fairly easy and straight forward, and best of all I did not need to use a mixer (winning). I decided to start baking the brownies after dinner.

The Fudgy Chocolate Brownies ended up being really easy to make and they tasted really good. My husband’s work colleague said that it was the best chocolate brownie that she had ever eaten.

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I ended up trying the Fudgy Chocolate Brownies the next day. I really loved the Fudgy Chocolate Brownies too, the Fudgy Chocolate Brownies tasted so amazing rich and dense. The Fudgy Chocolate Brownies were really fudgy and moreish.  I have to agree with husband’s work colleague that it was definitely one of the best chocolate brownies that I have ever eaten.

The Fudgy Chocolate Brownies recipe can be located on this website:

http://www.inspiredtaste.net/24412/cocoa-brownies-recipe/

Update: Caramel Maple Mud Cupcakes with Caramel Fudge Frosting

I have finally found a way to ice the frosting on the cupcakes. I used one tablespoon and put two spoonfuls of the icing on top of the cupcake and swirled the cupcake around so the frosting covers the whole cupcake. You still have to be quick!

The Caramel Maple Mud Cupcakes with Caramel Fudge Frosting finally turned out perfect! I am so happy..

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Perfection Chocolate and Sweets

I am totally obsessed with all things chocolate, but not just any chocolate, but quality chocolate. I would rather spend more money on chocolate if it meant I was eating chocolate that was better quality.

One of my favourite quality chocolate brands at the moment is Perfection Chocolate and Sweets. Perfection Chocolate and Sweets make so many different types of delicious chocolate that it is most certainly a chocoholics dream come true.

My favourite type of chocolate from their range is the Milk Chocolate Honeycomb. The Milk Chocolate Honeycomb tastes so amazing and it is very hard just eating one. Even my dad who swears that Cadbury Crunchie is the best honeycomb chocolate has been converted.

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What impresses me the most about Perfection Chocolate and Sweets is that  not only do they make the most amazing products, they also have the most amazing customer service. The owner John Kapos from Perfection Chocolate and Sweets has been so amazing by arranging postal delivery to my home when I needed my Perfection Chocolate and Sweets chocolate fix. This has been a god send for me, because I do not have time to drive to Rose Bay with my baby.

I cannot wait to the day when I’ll have time to visit Perfection Chocolate and Sweets in Rose Bay, I really want to try their Hot Chocolate, I hear it tastes amazing!

Details about Perfection Chocolate and Sweets can be found on their website:

http://www.perfectionchocolates.com.au/

 

Bounty Bars

Ever since I saw the recipe for Bounty Bars on Phoodie’s blog, I fell in love. The Bounty Bars looked fairly easy to make, so I thought that I would the recipe a go. What is there not to love about coconut and chocolate?

The Bounty Bar recipe did end up being pretty straight forward to make, but this did not mean that I did not get frustrated. I ended up having to make the Bounty Bars three times before I was satisfied that they looked okay. The main issues I had were that I felt like my mixture did not look moist like Phoodie’s and my Bounty Bars did not look like bars.

Attempt number  one:

For the first attempt, I felt like there was not enough liquid in the mixture and too much dry ingredients. I ended up adding more condensed milk to make it more moist. I had problems getting the mixture into a bar shape. The result, a batch of badly shaped erm bars lol.

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At least they looked good inside and tasted good..

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Attempt number two:

For the second attempt, I took forever to make the mixture into bar shapes and by the time I had finished, the chocolate sauce had begun to harden. I should have zapped the mixture in the microwave for a little bit, but I did not. I also decided to add some swirls to the bars, this did not look sexy.

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The final attempt:

The final attempt almost did not happen, because I had decided never to make these Bounty Bars ever again. The final attempt worked out much better. I was able to get the mixture into proper bars shapes. I made sure that I worked quickly so the chocolate would not harden.

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What I have learnt:

1. Never give up and persevere.

2. If need be add more condensed milk to the dry mixture

3. To stop the chocolate mix from burning, I melted the chocolate and copha in the microwave at 50% power for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

4. Work fast making the bars

Phoodie’s Bounty Bar recipe can be found on her website:

http://phoodie.com.au/2014/09/06/phoodies-homemade-bounty-bars/

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Another recipe that I had found when I was on my quest to find something new to bake, was a recipe called “Uncle Bill’s Whipped Shortbread Cookies”. This recipe also looked quite easy to make and quite possible evil. (so much butter).

I started getting my ingredients prepared to bake these whipped shortbread cookies and then re-read the recipe and  realised that I had to use a mixer to make the cookies. I knew I could not use a mixer because my baby was sleeping, so I attempted to try to mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon instead.

For the recipe, I opted not to add the maraschino cherries, because I do not like eating them. The cookies were kept simple.

Unfortunately when the Whipped Shortbread Cookies were ready, it was obvious that maybe the ingredients did need to mixed with a mixer. The  cookies had dark brown edging which did not look right.

Luckily whilst the cookies did not look too sexy, but they turned out to be quite tasty.

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Maybe next time I will try using a mixer for the recipe and they will look better…

The Whipped Shortbread Cookies recipe can be found on this website:

http://allrecipes.com.au/recipe/9350/uncle-bill-s-whipped-shortbread-cookies.aspx

Caramel Maple Mud Cupcakes with Caramel Fudge Frosting

I got so bored baking the same things over and over again, so I went looking for a cupcake recipe that appeared easy to make and did not involve using a mixer. (Very important because my baby is sleeping). I did a Google search and stumbled upon Donna Hay’s recipe for Caramel Maple Mud Cupcakes with Caramel Fudge Frosting. The recipe looked simple enough and I thought I would give it a try.

Making the cake part of the cupcake was quite easy, it was only the frosting part that made me feel frustrated. The frosting hardened up really fast and I did not have the expert fine motor skills to ice cupcakes fast enough. The result was Caramel Maple Mud Cupcakes with “rustic caramel fudge frosting”.

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The Caramel Maple Mud Cupcakes with Caramel Fudge Frosting tasted really nice. The cake part was really moist and did not taste too sweet and the caramel fudge frosting was so deliciously fudgy. I was so tempted to eat the rest of the frosting with a spoon, but I resisted. (I must be ill lol)

Next time I may add a little bit more maple syrup for a richer taste and I might also try practising on how to quickly ice cupcakes using frosting.

 

The recipe can be found on Donna Hay’s website:

https://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/desserts-and-baking/caramel-maple-mud-cupcakes-with-fudge-frosting

Alter Eco Organic Velvet Truffles

Ever since my trip to South Africa, I have learnt about the importance of buying food such as chocolate that is ethically made and sourced. When I buy chocolate I try to look for the Fairtrade logo certification.

One Fairtrade chocolate that I like is the Alter Eco brand. I love their range of chocolate bars and just recently discovered they also make chocolate truffles.  I saw the advertisement for their Organic Velvet Truffles online and really wanted to try them. My sister in law ended up buying them for me from the Oxfam shop.

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Alter Eco Organic Velvet Truffles are made with pure coconut oil and smooth Peruvian chocolate. The chocolate truffles taste so amazing and the truffle centre is so creamy and smooth. I was really impressed at how delicious the chocolate truffles tasted.

Another thing that impressed me was that you can place the chocolate wrappers in the compost. What a great environmental idea.

The chocolate truffles also come in another flavour which are Organic Black Truffles, I cannot wait to try these as well.

Alter Eco Website:

http://www.altereco.com.au

 

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