Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Chocolate Rum Brownies


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Sigh, sigh, sigh.

SIGH.

Two "rainy day photos" in a row! I'm telling you, someone up there is intent on ruining all my shots. How else do you explain bright sunny skies suddenly - and I mean, suddenly - giving way to grey clouds the moment you finish baking? I wanted to wait out the rain but my boys - who had helped make these brownies - couldn't wait. So, snap hurriedly I did, and handed over the goods to their little hands.


See what I mean when I say "can't wait"?!
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What a pity, for these brownies were really photogenic. More importantly, they were as easy to bake as they were to eat. Would you believe that I have never made brownies in my life?! Crazy, right? But right after reading Mary's post, I literally headed straight to the kitchen because I was sold on the simplicity of "melt & mix" and getting moist, rich, gorgeous brownies in 30mins.

Recipe
(from Keep Learning Keep Smiling, with some minor adaptations)

Ingredients A
- 250g butter
- 250g dark chocolate (I used Callebaut 70%)
- 1 cup brown sugar

1. Melt all ingredients in a pot and stir constantly under a low fire. You have your chocolate mixture. Allow to cool (you should be able to dip your finger in and not get scalded).

Ingredients B
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp rum

2. Put all ingredients in a bowl and beat with a whisk. You have your egg mixture.

3. Now, add your cooled chocolate mixture to your egg mixture and stir well. You have your brownie batter.

Ingredients C
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cups sultanas (you can omit these, or substitute with other ingredients like nuts, dried fruit, and for the chocoholics, mini chocolate chips!)

4. Now, add your flour and sultanas to the brownie batter. Mix well to combine. Pour the batter into a shallow (rectangular or square) tin lined with baking paper and bake at 180°C for about 15-20 mins, or when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

5. Allow the brownies to cool before slicing into bars.


Rain rain go away! Come again at night ... when I'm in my PJs and nicely tucked in bed.

34 comments:

  1. The photos look good Ju, despite your lament on the rainy day. Soft natural light during a cloudy day treats food gently and I look forward to those moments. Is it because you are shooting freehand?

    On the brownies, I'm a fan. I'd be exactly like your kids, grabbing them before you can lift your camera.

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  2. Yummy brownies can't wait to make this on the weekend!!

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  3. Thanks for sharing - you give very easy to follow instructions.

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  4. They are totally photogenic..the hands the brownies..the leaves:)They look delicious dear Ju.

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  5. Hi Ju, great to know that you tried my brownie recipe and liked it :) I think I am addicted to rum now....haha. By the way, for your info, your this post is stolen by someone....pictures and all. Check it out at http://chocolate.moneyineasy.com/uncategorized/the-little-teochew-singapore-homecooking-chocolate-rum-brownies/. Take care and hope you have a wonderful day. Mary

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  6. I want that tiny fork! It's so cute!!

    I'd love a brownie too please...
    Christina xo

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  7. They are beautiful rain or shine my dear. They look wonderful!

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  8. Don't worry! The shots look beautiful, and so do the brownies. I love the short list of ingredients here. In my books, brownies that uses lots of chocolate must be good!

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  9. I think the brownie looks wonderful. Love the shot with the little hand - so cute!

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  10. Ju, photos are looking good despite the rain.. Now I'd like a piece please ;)

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  11. Yum! Your brownies look delicious and so do the photos! I think they are gorgeous and I like the little hand sneaking one. So cute!

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  12. Oh I know exactly what you mean! It's such a shame really the cloudy/rainy overcast these few days... My pictures were horrible too :( But I think you manage to salvage yours quite nicely :)

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  13. Was just looking for a recipe for brownies. So making this tomorrow!

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  14. I agree with you! I hate rainy days! except for midnight rains...because it won't ruin my day. haha

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  15. You must know your photos look good no matter the weather. That is why foodgawker never rejects them! I will be making these very soon sans the alcohol, of course. Take care!

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  16. hey, i have been reading your blog for awhile now. i like the way you write, and how you're always giving us helpful tips. i was wondering, where can u get callebaut choc in singapore?

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  17. Thanks everyone!

    Germaine: I got my Callebaut from Sun Lik at Seah Street. They stock quite a number of European chocolates, including Valrhona.

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  18. "Put all ingredients in a bowl and beat with a whisk. You have your egg mixture."

    whisk untill fluffy or just give it a good even mix?

    TIA!

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  19. A brownie never takes a bad picture -- they're too delicious. I was just wondering what I should bake today, and these look perfect. Thank you!

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  20. Wow Ju, it really tempting!! I definitely will try this one!

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  21. argh..the sun is always hiding behind clouds here! I hardly ever shoot my photos under bright sunlight =(

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  22. Rain rain to come when the rum knock us out!;p

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  23. Such a perfect treat! They look so scrumptious!

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  24. Say what?! You've never made brownies? That's crazy! Looks like you've got a lot of brownie making to do to make up for all these years you've been missing out. :-)

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  25. haha, your talk about rain sounds just like me. I get so upset when there are rainy and cloudy days and I want to photograph food. This whole weekend is supposed to be cloudy or rainy where I live and I've been so upset about it! Your photos still came out good though!

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  26. I think a cloudy day gives a nice, soft quality to photos - I like how these look!! And anyway, a rainy day is the perfect time to eat brownies, right?

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  27. If brownies are something new to you, you should definitely try your hands at dulce de leche brownies. Sure winner!

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  28. Your photography is gorgeous and your recipes sound delicious. Love your blog.

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  29. I LOVE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES!!!! And they do look so delicious no matter what you think :P

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  30. Hi Ju, can please advise what is size of baking pan that you had use for baking these brownies? Thank you! :-)

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