i’m temporarily taking a break from doing cupcakes, muffins and cookies since i already know the basics. now, i’m shifting my attention to creating more brownies and slices. i always drool every time i pass by the coffee shops and see the yummy looking bars, brownies and slices displayed in the window. good thing, we went to the library last week and i borrowed a bunch of cook books for my baking hobby. i found this very nice book fat witch brownies by patricia helding, owner of new york’s fat witch bakery.
i like any food that has chocolates on it whether it’s white, black, milk or dark. so last night, i came up with white chocolate almond bars. i was busy at the kitchen while the husband is out playing basketball. by the time he comes home, the goodies will be ready. :)
here are the ingredients:
1 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 stick of unsalted butter
3 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup blanched slivered almonds
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
(l-r) slivered almonds, cream of tartar, flour, vanilla, egg, sugar, chocolate chips, butter
1. grease a 9×9 inch baking pan with butter. dust with flour and tap out the excess. preheat the oven to 350 F. >> i totally forgot the dusting part since my mind is too preoccupied separating the yolks from the whites! 350 F to C is close to 175-180 in Celsius.
2. melt the chocolate and butter together in a small pan stirring constantly. set aside and let cool in room temperature. >> i only got a 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips so i mixed another 1/2 cup of brown ones to satisfy the ingredients. let’s see what will happen.
melt chocolate with butter
3. beat the egg yolks and vanilla with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar until thick and light yellow for 2 minutes. then add the chocolate mixture and continue mixing until well blended. measure the flour and then sift directly into the batter, mixing gently until well combined. stir in the almonds by hand. >> i found out that hand mixing the batter and almonds is a good exercise.
parang labada, ihiwalay ang puti sa de-kolor – lol
4. spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. the top should be a light golden color.
5. let it cool for an hour and cut into slices before serving.
…and here’s the finished product!!! thanks to the mister for making them look photogenic. :) medyo di pantay pantay kasi ang pagka slice ko. :)
white chocolate almond bars
the brownie is very soft. i thought it was my mistake but then the mister said it was fine to his liking and it tastes good ‘daw’ (hehehe…me and my fan. lol!). now i know what kind of business to do when i quit IT. ;)