Kahlua Cream Cheese Brownies

Filed Under (Brownies) by Lisa on 28-01-2008

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Today I was craving brownies so I decieded to make some. I found the recipe online at: http://www.brownierecipes.net/cream-cheese-brownies.html
 Here is the recipe (from the site).

 Cream Cheese Brownies 
 
Ingredients:
3 medium eggs.
4 oz of sweet chocolate.(I used semi-sweet chocoalte about 4.5 oz)
3 oz of cream cheese, softened.
1 cup of sugar.
½ cup of flour.
½ cup of chopped nuts. (I used sliced almonds)
5 tablespoons of butter.
1 tablespoon of flour.
1 ½ teaspoon of vanilla.
1.5 teaspoons of kahlua liquor (my idea)
½ teaspoon of baking powder.
¼ teaspoon of salt.

Preparation Instructions:
In a saucepan, melt the chocolate and 3 tablespoons butter over a very low heat, stirring constantly.

Blend reminding butter with the cream cheese until softened.

Add ¼ cup of the sugar, beating thoroughly.

Blend in 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of flour and ½ teaspoon of vanilla; set aside.

Beat the remaining 2 eggs until creamy and thick.

Gradually beat in remaining ¾ cup of sugar, beating until thickened.

Add the baking powder, salt and ½ cup of flour.

Blend in cooled chocolate mixture, chopped nuts and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Spread half of the chocolate batter in greased nine-inch pan.

Add the cheese mixture, spread out evenly.

Top with tablespoon fulls of remaining chocolate batter.

Zigzag a spatula through batter to marble it. 1

Bake in 350°F (175°F) oven for 40 minutes, or until top springs back when lightly pressed in the middle.

Allow to cool, then cut into squares.

I modified the recipe greatly. I used 1 cup of flour instead of half a cup. I also used semi-sweet chocolate instead of sweet chocoalte
(4.5 oz is how much I used instead of 4 oz). I added 1.5 teaspoons of kahlua liquor which was not in the Original recipe. I also did not marble the recipe.
This is because although I love marbled deserts, I didn’t read the instructions proberly and neglected to see it was suppose to be marbled until it was too late.
The brownies did not need to bake for 40 minutes. It was closer to a 1/2 hour. They were nice and yummy.

Baking Bread

Filed Under (Breads) by Lisa on 24-01-2008

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Today I decided to make some bread by hand. It has my first time making bread the old fashioned way. I use to make bread often when I was younger with the bread maker . However the bread maker died many years ago. I chose to make a basic french bread. A picked a recipe from an old book on the kitchen cooking/baking bookshelf.
 Here is the recipe from A Guide to Good Cooking–Five Roses Flour. I changed the 1.5 tablespoons of shortening to 1.5 tablespoons olive oil because it is a more healthy.
 I also modified the water from 1.5 cups water to one cup water one cup milk to add some extra calcium to the bread.
 

 French Bread

 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
 1 tablespoon sugar
 1 cup warm water
 1/2 cup warm skim milk
 3 teaspoons active dry fast rising yeast
 4 cups all purpose flour
 2 teaspoons salt

 Comine dry ingredients in this order: flour, sugar, yeast. Mix well. Add the salt. Mix well. Add moist ingredients. Mix well with a spoon. Now knead until the dough is a nice
 consistency. Now continue kneading the dough for 10 minutes. Now place a towel over the bowl and let the dough rise for one hour. Punch the dough down and knead a few times.
 Shape the dough into two long rolls. Place on a cookie sheet and let rise for 30-40 minutes. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes. Enjoy.

The bread was very yummy.

Baking day

Filed Under (Breakfast, Muffins) by Lisa on 23-01-2008

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Today I decided to make some muffins. I used my own recipe, however I made 12 instead of 24 that I origionally made the recipe with. Here is what I made with some images of the result.

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Lisa’s Lovely Banana Muffins

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup margerine
2 1/4 cups white flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 medium bananas
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp rum extract
1/2 cup sour milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut

Add milk, bananas, vanilla, rum, eggs, and margerine to a blender and blend until smooth. In a bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and coconut. Blend well. Add moist mixture to dry mixture. Place in greased muffin tins (unless you have nonstick ones), and bake until lightly golden on top.

Enjoy

Makes about 24 medium/small muffins

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