Hi, it is a little difficult to start writing after being away from blogging for a month. I was telling my bake along buddies, Joyce and Zoe that i might still be taking a break if it's not for the post today. Please excuse me for not dropping by at any of your blogs , i know i have a lot to catch up, give me time yaa :)
This cream cheese brownies recipe comes from the book, 'How to be a Domestic Goddess' by Nigella Lawson and it is a little unusual that instead of blending the cream cheese mixture for brownies, the cream cheese here got to be cold and then slice them thinly and layer them in between the brownies mixture. I have to tell you that i was having a not so easy time slicing the cold cream cheese, it was quite messy and got a little frustrated that i didnt use all the cream cheese required :) These brownies are quite delicious and because that i didnt use all the cream cheese, the taste of cream cheese was just a little mild. I know if i put in all the cream cheese that was called for, it would have tasted even better.
Recipe ( from How to be A Domestic Goddess , page 194)
this is halved recipe, you can refer to Joyce for full recipe )
2oz bittersweet chocolate
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract ( skipped )
20gm plus 1 tbsp all purpose flour
pinch of salt
3 oz cold cream cheese
Preheat oven to 350F/177C. Melt the butter and chocolate over medium to low heat in a heavy based saucepan. While waiting for it to melt, idly beat the eggs in a bowl with the sugar and vanilla. Measure the flour into another bowl and add in the salt. When the chocolate mixture has all but completely melted, take the pan off the heat. The bits of unmelted butter and chocolate will continue to dissolve if left. Leave to cool slightly before beating in the eggs and sugar. Finally, add the flour and beat until smooth. Pour half the mixture into the pan, slice the cream cheese as thinly as you can and top the brownies mixture in the pan with these cheese slices. Pour over the remaining half of the brownie mixture, using a rubber spatula to make sure each bit of cheese is covered. Then put in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, the top should be slightly pale ( mine was not ) and dry, but a cake tester poked within should reveal a still sticky center. Cool for about 10 minutes before cutting them into squares.
While i was away, here are some of the photos taken during a trip to Ha Giang, Vietnam. Ha Giang is a province located at the far north of Vietnam and it contains Vietnam northernmost point where it shares the border with China. It is a highly mountainous region and travelling within the province is not easy. I was told that this province is recently opened up to travellers from abroad but still there are certain areas that we were required a permit to enter. It is also regarded as one of the poorest region in the country and during the trip, we were able to visit the villages and meet the local ethnic minorities from this region and see their way of life....
These are some that i managed to share as i still havent sorted out all the photos yet. Hope you enjoy.
a boy was kind enough to let me into his house to take photo of the cooking area...
and his room..
another nice man who was willing to stop to let us took pics of him..and his donkey..
From what we saw, there is fairly a large number of the local tribes that had to walk a long distance to the market to sell their goods..
at the market..
|even women from the mountains love shopping , ok?|
|these are items for prayers|
this is the kitchen of a shop where we had one of our meals..
2 young ladies doing a traditional dance..the dog too! :D
works at field..
the faces of children...
|learning to shoot...:)|
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