Chocolate and Almond Brownie

20150615-164557-60357374.jpgPeople like their brownie cakey, chewy, fudgy, or just simply decadent. Well i like mine fudgy and super decadent. Yes, SUPER chocolatey. A lot of the brownie recipe i see online just use coco powder as the chocolate flavouring.. I mean coco powder is great.. Gives you the bitter chocolate flavour, but i want to use the real chocolate for the brownie! I did use cocoa powder too for this recipe just to add more bitterness, i DO like my brownie decadent, remember? I put chocolate chips in the batter and on the top of the brownie. Why not? Can you ever have enough chocolate? The ingredients needed are;

20150615-190229-68549560.jpgFlour, sugar, dark chocolate, butter, coco powder, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, hot water (to dilute the cocoa powder), eggs, egg yolks, almonds and chocolate chips (lots of it, definitely more than the picture. Need. More. Chocolate.) I sometimes use espresso powder rather than coco powder. But not only none in my family drinks coffee (we’re more of a tea person), i like to use coco powder more because it gives chocolate flavour rather than just bitter coffee flavour.

20150615-191607-69367075.jpgDilute the coco powder with hot water (this step is not necessary but you should do it if you’re using espresso powder). Melt the butter and chocolate together in a microwave or over a pot of simmering water. Add the melted chocolate and butter to the coco powder mixture. Add in vegetable oil, mix well. Add in the eggs and yolks then mix. Lastly add the vanilla extract.

20150615-192621-69981501.jpgMix in the sugar. I heard something about substituting all or half of the white sugar with brown sugar will make the brownie chewier. I’ve never tried it before but I think that this will work. Brown sugar contains molasses and the molasses in brown sugar is the trick for making a chewy chocolate chip cookies right?

20150615-193100-70260079.jpgMix in the flour and stir well.

20150615-193250-70370285.jpgLook at that! The batter is just like melted chocolate… I love melted chocolate… Thank God I can actually resist myself from eating the batter… Or did i actually resist it..? This is when i put (loads) of dark chocolate chips. You can add white chocolate chips, walnuts, etc

20150615-194522-71122965.jpgPour the batter into a greased (i use my DIY non-stick pan release) and lined square pan.

20150615-194954-71394578.jpgSprinkle the top with almonds and (why not?) more chocolate chips. Into the oven it goes!

20150616-214426-78266352.jpgThe best part of the brownie for me is the crackly top that goes crunchy. The crackly top just makes the fudgy brownie gone up to another level. So yeah, I think that a good brownie have both of that. Crunchy crakly top and fudgy cakey part. And guess what? This brownie have both!!

20150616-214843-78523226.jpgTime to cut them. Cut them faster so that i can eat it faster! Yes yes yes. I am getting weirdly excited for this. I’m super excited actually.

20150616-215259-78779028.jpgAs you can see I can’t help myself to take a bite of it. And my verdict is; it is SO. DAMN.GOOD.

20150616-215619-78979816.jpgCan you see how decadent it looks? Yes it super decadent. Oh my my i do love this decadent brownie By the way how many times have I said decadent through out this post? Too much. A little bit of tips; • It is better to let the brownie cool thoroughly to ensure that the brownie is fudgy. • Use a good quality dark chocolate to make the brownie (I’m gonna say it again) decadent.

20150616-220507-79507743.jpgSure I love a good chunky brownies. But i love bite size food therefore I love bite size brownie even more.

Just a bit of a precaution, i would like to say that bite size stuff are dangerous. You’ll think that you only ate a bite of something that makes you dig for more, and end up eating the whole thing. True story.

Have a good one everybody!

Chocolate and Almond Brownie Recipe

Ingredients:
• ½ cup coco powder
• ½ cup hot water
• 60g dark chocolate
• 4 tbsp unsalted butter
• ½ cup + 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 2 large eggs
• 2 large egg yolks
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 cups (500g) sugar
• 1¾ cups (50g) all-purpose flour
• Chocolate chips, as desired
• Sliced almonds, as desired

How to make it:
1) Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water.
2) Dissolve the coco powder with the hot water in a big bowl, then add in the melted chocolate butter mixture, stir well.
3) Add in the oil, eggs and egg yolks, then the vanilla extract, stir well.
4) Add in the sugar, stir well then add the flour, mix.
5) Put in the chocolate chips or any other filling(s) that you want.
6) Pour the batter into a greased and lined (preferably) square pan (mine was 20x20cm or about 8x8inches) , sprinkle the top with more chocolate chips and sliced almonds.
7) Put the brownie at the lowest rack of the oven and bake at a preheated oven at 180°C or 350°F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted came out clean.

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Homemade Dog Treats {Honey and Cheese Flavoured}

20150606-015637-6997231.jpgI’ve never told you guys that I have a dog.. That I loooove so much! He’s such a BIG eater! I love to give him treats because he’s so damn adorable but well.. Here’s the thing, dog treats are not always the most healthiest thing you can give to your beloved pet. I means god knows what is in that stuff! Could be chemical, could be mostly fillers, could be some waste or whatever. The good stuff (where the ingredients stated are mostly real meats) are not super cheap either…

So I decided to give my pup something that will makes him happy and good for him too! This treats are not just easy, requires just 3 main ingredients, it can also be flavoured with anything else!

Anyway I guess in this post I have decided to brag a little bit about my little furball (please bear with me)

20150606-020651-7611729.jpgHis name is Hans Sherlock Longbottom (whew! I know! Big name). What’s with the name? So, about 2 week before he arrives my sister and I had decided to name him Sherlock (another why? Because he’s a pembroke welsh corgi, by means he’s british decedent.. And also we thought that we wouldn’t miss the chance of naming him after our favourite fictional character). Then.. couple days later, the breeder suddenly call us to ask for the name and it has to start with an “H” because it has to do with some kind of the breeder rules or else we won’t be able to get his license. And so after brainstorming another british name, we decided to add Hans.
For the Longbottom, I think you could guess it. Yep! It’s because he’s a corgi and he got a loooong butt. Get it? Long-bottom?

But he still goes by Sherlock!

20150606-153710-56230916.jpgHe loooves to go on a walk at the park. Have you ever seen a corgi run? With their stubby feet and their butt!!! Cutest. Thing. Ever.

20150606-153931-56371906.jpgHe also loves to play tug-and-war. I love it too. Because it doesn’t requires me to move and run as much. Yes.. I admit. I’m a sack of potato.

Anyway enough of my furball (phew! Finally right?). On to the treats!

20150606-154351-56631490.jpgThe main ingredients are egg(s), olive oil and oatmeal. That’s it. And for the flavourings, I add cheese and honey to the mixture.

I use egg whites (one and a half egg whites to be exact) in this one because I just have some of leftovers from my previous baking. But I’ve used just plain eggs and it works perfectly fine.

Did you know that olive oil is good for your dog’s fur and coat? It’ll make them soft and smooth. I mix about a tablespoon of olive oil with Sherlock’s kibble every time he eats and he is the softest corgi everrrr!!! We went to a dog/corgi gathering some weeks ago and he is the softest corgi out of the others!

For the flavouring, be creative with it! Here are some of the treats flavours i’ve made.
• Peanut butter strawberry
• Beef and carrot
• Chicken and tomatoes (pureed tomatoes put into the mixture)
• Tuna and cheese

Be sure to research the flavours you’re going to add.
Do not add raisins, chocolate, garlic, onion, avocado or macadamia
There are some other foods that dogs are not suppose to consume so be sure to research it first.

20150606-160042-57642777.jpgTo make the treats, just add the main ingredients then stir.

I use quick cooking oatmeal where it absorbs a lot of water like really quick.
If you’re using regular oatmeal, make them into oatmeal flour first. Just put some oatmeal into a food processor and process it until it turns into flour.

20150606-160728-58048973.jpgAdd the honey and grated cheese

20150606-160935-58175383.jpgMix them and at this stage, you can put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to make it easier to shape.
But I always just shape them right away.

20150606-161144-58304768.jpgI tried to make the classic bone shape as best as i could but well..
As you can see i do have a bone cookie cutter. But it doesn’t look very bone like so i just mold it by hand.

But it is too much of a work so I ended up only making one

20150606-161427-58467257.jpgShape it into what ever you like I go with little droplets the size of a kibble (maybe a bit bigger). And then into the oven it goes!

I would suggest making bigger ones for bigger dogs.
But Sherlock likes it bite size because if I made it bigger, he would chew it, spit it, then eat it bit by bit from the floor.

It does took me a good one and a half hour to shape those droplets.

You don’t really need to space them out so much because they don’t expand nor rises when baked.

20150606-162118-58878107.jpgLook at how happy he looks!

“Gimme that human!!!”

20150606-162340-59020576.jpgWe like to play the “stay” and “eat”. Where he can only eat when I say eat.

20150606-162945-59385887.jpgAnd this is how he is when I say “stay”.
**stares at treats**

“Eat!”

**gobbles at it immediately**

20150606-163445-59685458.jpgSo Sherlock is turning 7 months today! Wohooo!

This post is dedicated for him (and also the food produced in this post).
Please follow Sherlock’s instagram ❤️

Honey and Cheese Homemade Dog Treats
Made about 16 dozens of 1cm in diameter, dime thickness treats

Ingredients:
• 1 cup oatmeal
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 egg
• 2 tbsp honey
• ½ cup of grated cheese

How to make:
1) Put the oatmeal on a food processor then blitz them until powdery
2) In a mixing bowl combine the olive oil and egg then mix until incorporated. Add in the oatmeal flour, mix.
3) Add in the cheese and the honey, mix.
4) Put the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes (optional) then shape them into the sizes and shapes that you want. Put them on a silpat or parchment paper
5) Bake at 180°c for 10-15 minutes or until brown in color, open the oven door for 30 seconds to lower the temperature down, then turn the oven to the lowest setting (mine was 100°c) and dry them for 20-30 minutes.

* Drying the treats will make them last longer.
* If using quick-cooking oatmeal, skip step 1
* This recipe is adjustable, if the batter is too wet, add more oatmeal. If the batter is too dry, add more olive oil (but remember that you will be adding more liquid in the form of honey).