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My Baking Diary - I'm so bored, I made brownies!

>> Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Yup, I bake cos I'm bored (just for tonight, ya)...it's not that I have nothing else better to do, but I thought it would be nicer to take a break from the laptop screen & try out something "new" instead :) It's too hot to just sit in the room & stare at the laptop screen anyway.

While typing this post, my brownies are still in the oven. Ah, I love brownies...since the recipe looked simple enough for a newbie like me to follow, I decided to take up the simple challenge & keep myself entertained.

I used the recipe from this site & it bakes the "Mrs. Quinn's Easy Brownies"! The word "easy" was one of the words that tempted me to use this recipe from the many that I found online. The other word in this recipe that caught my attention were the words "rich fudgy kind". Om-nom!

Here's to share the recipe with you & of course, some of the photos that I took while preparing the brownie batter :D

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes

3/4 cups melted butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped, toasted nuts
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 13x9" pan.
2. Beat butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla in a large bowl.
3. Mix in cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt.
4. Stir to combine.
5. Stir in nuts and chips.
6. Pour into pan.
7. Bake Mrs. Quinn's Easy Brownies for 20-22 minutes.

I've no idea who is Mrs. Quinn & am not associated with her, but the recipe works!

The ingredients
Always have the table laid with newspaper to ease cleaning up once you're done ;)

 Snapshots of what happened in the mixing bowl
As I don't have a cake mixer, everything is hand-mixed! Clockwise from top left: Melted butter, melted butter with added brown sugar (I used brown sugar instead of castor sugar), whisk the butter + sugar & you'll get a smooth mixture, added in the eggs + vanilla essence.

Clockwise from top left: Add in chopped, pan-toasted nuts (I used the chopped almonds that I have in my supply), stir in the nuts + choc & pour into the baking tray, brownie baking in the oven.

Welcome to the world, Brownie! Say "hello" to your mama! :D
Yes, I'm mad...and I like it...this IS GOOD! Just what I needed it to be - sides shrink away from the pan. AWESOME!!

Time to cut the brownies & store it up for tomorrow :D Woohoo! There'll be home-baked brownies & chicken puffs (yes, I made these too) for breakfast & tea tomorrow!

1 tray makes roughly 12 pieces
My brownies have the texture of CAKE! *sobs* I think I over-beat them...wergh...too much air that made it spongey :( My colleague said I should fold instead of beat to lessen air...I'll improve it next time...

Updated 21 Mar - Delicious Chicken Puffs
I had it for breakfast...yummilicious!

Supper anyone? ;)

The bored but excited baker,


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