Happy 18th, Graci!

Graci wanted a giant brownie for her birthday party, and so a giant brownie it is. It was my first big project, and I was honestly afraid of screwing up. I tripled this recipe, but realised that it wasn’t enough to fill the ginormous tray I bought. At 10 pm, I started on 2 more batches of batter but forgot to double the sugar and eggs. I threw in more eggs after adding the flour but left out the sugar. With 5x the recipe but only 4x the sugar (that’s a whopping 800g), the brownies were still sweet. Maybe too even too sweet for Asian palate; I blame it on the M&Ms. I had no idea that the milk chocolate M&Ms were diabetically sweet, and they cost a bomb in Singapore. $6.50 for a 230g bag, that’s a total rip off.

Mum and Dad wanted to try the brownies so I brought some back. Honestly, I think it looks better all mashed up. Because I made 5x the recipe but upped the baking time by only 10 minutes, the brownie had an extremely gooey interior that ended up looking like a dirt cake. I was too afraid to bake it any longer, for fear that the edges would turn out hard and dry.

When we turn up at your barbecue in pyjamas and Spongebob boxers (because you requested so), you know we really love you. Happy 18th Graci! And churning up a (decent) post at 2 in the morning? Sometimes, I surprise myself 😉


Alice Medrich’s Cocoa Brownies

This is the best brownie I’ve ever made, and the only brownie recipe that I’ve kept. My brownies used to turn out cake-like, so I gave up on scratch brownies and decided that Betty Crocker pre-mix was the way to go. At least that was until these came along!

I almost went crazy when I saw the thin, crisp sugar layer on top. After all the countless failed attempts, finally! The brownie was fudgy and dense, and best of all, it uses cocoa instead of chocolate bars. The health freak would tell you it’s healthier (the brownie itself is no where near healthy, though), and the miser would call wallet-friendly; I’ll tell you it’s both.

I first baked them for Majestia XXV (my band concert), and then did them again for Eileen on her birthday.

That’s a very amateur looking decor, but cake decoration isn’t my priority for now.

Aww, what a happy birthday girl :>