Sugarbird's Sweet Nothings

I am passionate about food. And cooking. And baking. And running. Come and find a new recipe, a funny story, some strong opinions and whatever else I feel like throwing in the mix today.
April 16th, 2011

White Chocolate Blondies

Technically, white chocolate isn’t really chocolate at all as it does not contain cocoa solids. I did not know that until recently. But I never really though about it, let alone did any research on it before. White chocolate contains cocoa butter (pale yellow pure vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean), sugar, milk solids, vanilla and lecithin (an emulsifier that allows all the ingredients to be bound together in a stable way). Beware of any white chocolate that does not contain cocoa butter. The cheap & nasty versions replace the cocoa butter with generic vegetable fat.  Shame on them!

I have a renewed interest in white chocolate lately and subsequently have made a few cookies and biscotti containing white chocolate. so when I came across this recipe in my new Fat Witch Brownies book, they were on the To Do list immediately. And now I have read up on the subject of white chocolate a bit, so if you’re at all interested you might like to know… Read the rest of this entry »

April 7th, 2011

Fat Witch Gingerbread Bars

My favourite word fo the day, discovered reading an article by Julie Powell that I randomly came across online: stultifying – to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous. To render absurdly or wholly futile or ineffectual, especially by degrading or frustrating means: Menial work can stultify the mind.

Awesome word. I like learning new words. The English language is like a bottomless cup of coffee, just when you think you’ve had all you can, you get topped up and you miraculously find room for more, and its delicious.
 

 

I have to confess, I am a bit of a brownie addict. And it has become somthing of a mission of mine to make as many different variations of chocolate brownies as I can get my hands on. So when I came across the Fat Witch Brownies cook book when I was making my last self-indulgent-multiple-unnecessary-cookbook purchase, I had to have it. Even though it had to ship all the way from the states and took a few weeks to get here. I was worth the wait.

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March 8th, 2011

Caribbean Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate. Whoever invented it, thank you. You have given hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands of women something that can make them feel better, no matter how bad things may be.

Bad day at work? Chocolate brownie.

Found out your simple car service has a £600 bill attached to it? Chocolate Log.

Coffee break after paining the living room, hallway, and banisters for 5 hours solid? Kit-Kat.

Boyfriend/husband/other half has been away in Barbados surrounded by blonde bimbos for a week and you’re home alone? Toblerone.

Gruelling 10 mile uphill trail run in the rain and you finish triumphant but soaked with 2kg of mud attached to each shoe. Hot hot hot chocolate.

Bliss.

So, with my baking craving on, I went to a shop yesterday, innocently looking for bread and smoked salmon to satisfy a sensible lunch requirement, and I walked out with those, and a slab of chocolate.

This slab.

Looks innocent does it?

Now look at it next to a regular 100g slab of chocolate.

Impressed? I thought you might be. I just couldn’t resist this (reduced) 950g bar of chocolate. It filled me whith chocolatey inspiration. It had to be mine. Now, I keep thinking about the white chocolate version. I am resisting the temptation to go back. Its hard.

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