Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Everyone I know seem to be planning something for Valentine's Day. One friend wanted to bake cookies for her beloved and asked me for the recipe. I would gladly share the recette avec elle. Good things are meant to be shared especially sweet treats.
Sugar sprinkles from Wilton

I always thought any day can be a special day with your loved ones, need not be on 14th February to demonstrate how much you care and love your special someone. I always bake brownies (B) because they are one of my favourite desserts and well-received among my friends. There are a few versions of B recipes on the internet and cookbooks. Most of the time, the bake will turn out fine. One seldom go wrong with baking B. From the first B I baked 5 years ago to now, the recipe I use now is almost different from the very first recipe I used.

I vaguely remembered I creamed my butter, used granulated sugar and baking chocolates. And my brownies weren't moist but dry in taste. Now I melt my butter (using Golden churn salted butter solely for brownies batter), used brown sugar together with granulated sugar and cocoa powder...and my brownies turn out moist and heavy. Yay!! Thanks to the wonderful food bloggers who share their tested recipes online.

Today, I tweaked my brownies recipe again. Original recipe is taken from Alton Brown:


- 250 gms butter (I used lurpak unsalted butter), melted
- Half cup self-raising flour, sifted
- 11/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 2 cups icing sugar/ confectionery sugar, sifted
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Butter and flour an 8-inch square pan.
In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the eggs at medium speed until fluffy and light yellow. Add the icing sugar. Add remaining ingredients, and mix to combine.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square pan and bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness with the tried-and-true toothpick method: a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan should come out clean. When it's done, remove to a rack to cool. Resist the temptation to cut into it until it's mostly cool. I used heart-shaped cookie cutter for these lovely brownies.

Enjoy! Happy Valentine's Day!


fimere said...

ils sont magnifiques ces cœurs gourmands parfaits pour l'occasion
bonne journée

Corine said...

Oui, je les ai fait pour mes amis. Ils trouvent les brownies en forme de coeur mignon.

Bonne semaine a venir.

rosita vargas said...

Que preciosos te quedaron los corazones de amor ,bellos y bien preparados,abrazos.

Corine said...

Hi Rosita,

Thank you. Just thought it will be fun to bake something relating to Valentine's Day. :)

Have a nice week ahead. *hugz*

Timothy Eastwood said...

Oh, my dentist will be so disappointed when I have some of these. LOL. I'm still forbidden to eat any kinds of sweet treat. Too bad. I guess I just have to wait until I get home in Goose Creek. Thanks for the recipe, Corine!

Corine said...

You're welcome,Timothy! Thanks for dropping by. :)