My Deep Dark Desire

Lately, I’ve had plenty of cravings. One moment I would be hankering for hot chocolate, and the next minute, I feel like eating custard buns.

Yesterday, I had a really strong craving, not wait, I wouldn’t classify it as a craving. It was more like a desire. A deep, dark desire. A desire so strong I couldn’t ignore. So I didn’t ignore it.

I made sure I satisfied it.

By baking. Yes, I know, I haven’t been baking since I got so busy with school. But hey hey, the holidays are nearing. They’re just around the corner actually. I’m really looking forward to it because I really miss the smells and the excitement of baking.

So anyway, what the hell did I bake? Easy ain’t it? It’s so easy that I don’t know why I even bothered asking in the first place. Haha. My dear readers, you know me so well so you shall try answering it. Just remember it is:







Okay I can sense your mild irritation. Pardon me, I just feel restless! Here’s a clue, it really has got to do with the first photo up there. Man, don’t you just wish you could lick the screen and taste it? I know I do.

Guessed it?

Give up?

Whatever it is, I can’t keep it a secret for long:


Gosh you should have seen my face yesterday when I was baking them brownies. No wait, it first started when I got some Barry-Callebaut Carma 47% chocolate couverture from a friend:

My eyes widened with the possibilities.

The possibilities of what wondrous things that can come out of this 2kg block of ‘gold’. It was like a giant chocolate block. I imagined myself as an oompas-loompas, grinning from ear to ear, almost breaking in song (but heh I don’t think i sing too well)!

Naturally, I thought I’d make some brownies since it’s been ages since I baked some. Besides, I had a deep dark desire for some homemade ones. Warm, fresh from the oven brownies – nothing beats that.

I went to search for a kickass brownie recipe that would do the Swiss chocolate justice and I found a yummy-sounding brownie recipe in Martha Stewart’s Holiday Cookie Magazine. Double Chocolate Brownie it said. Sounds good to me! So I got down to preparing my chocolate, melting it with butter and unsweetened cocoa powder:

Don’t you just love the gloss? It makes me wanna squeal out loud and lick the entire bowl.

Anyway I added more chocolate than required so do bear in mind that you could do that as well… just make sure you balance out the other ingredients. The adapted recipe is below, in case you happen to have a similar deep dark desire 🙂

Here’s the brownie batter in the pan waiting to be turned into dark luscious brownies:

Here’s how it looks after baking:

I love the crackling. It looks like earth. Like soil that’s dried out. Brownies look handsome with crackles :p

Ahhh….. I tell you, nothing beats the smell of freshly baked brownies. The house was filled with a chocolatey aroma that simply made my day. I missed it so much!

After cutting it into squares, I couldn’t resist popping one into my mouth. The verdict?

It was dark all right, and deep. You’re probably wondering how a brownie can be deep? When I say deep, I mean depth – how the bitterness measures out with the sweetness. I dig dark chocolate and I don’t like something that’s too sweet so I appreciate a deep brownie. Or rather, I try to get a brownie to be as deep as I like.

Mum loved it and Sis thought it was the best brownie I’ve made:

I can see why she said that. These brownies have a more dense cakey texture. It’s not exactly fudgey (I don’t really like those kinds…. well it depends!) but it’s not too dry either. One can taste the rich taste of the chocolate and the sugar doesn’t overpower it.

This is how brownies should be. No, I should say this is how I like my brownies 🙂

I was a very happy person yesterday. So happy that I bought Mocha Almond Chip ice cream to eat my brownies with….

Brownies. What would I do without them?

These pretty dark things made my day and I think I’m slowly slipping back into Ms. Baker mode! Hurray! Now will the holidays please hurry up – I have loads of recipes to conquer!


Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies
adapted from Martha Stewart’s Double Chocolate Brownie recipe

6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter
7 and a half ounces (200 grams) good-quality semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed firm)
2 tablespoons caster sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degree celcius. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and line with parchment paper.

2. Put butter, chocolate, and cocoa powder in a medium heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until completely melted. Let cool slightly.

3. Mix your flour, baking powder, and salt well and aside.

4. Using an electric mixer (or a handwhisk if you prefer), mix sugar, egg, and vanilla well until pale, about 4 mintues. Add chocolate mixture; mix until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until well combined.

5. Pour brownie batter into prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula. Bake for about 30 min

utes or until a skewer, when inserted in the brownie, comes out clean.

6. Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes then lift out to cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

Posted on 6th Apr 2007 in brownies, dark chocolate, my bakes


There Are 14 Comments


cal commented on April 6, 2007 at 8:33 am

hey babe, any idea where i can go take a half-day cooking/baking class at? cos my team at work is looking for such a class to go for together, and i thought u might be a good person to ask 🙂 thanks 1st! 🙂


Rachel commented on April 6, 2007 at 12:34 pm

they look fabulous!


nadnut commented on April 6, 2007 at 3:30 pm

looks great! hungry liaoz. u should organise a brownie/cupcake/cake baking workshop. i’ll definitely join! 🙂


Little Nutbrown Hare commented on April 6, 2007 at 9:57 pm

Very nice! I need to try out a brownie recipe and expand my cake-baking repertoire.


Anonymous commented on April 7, 2007 at 2:05 pm offer some baking classes.. looks good and fun. me going to try my 1st lesson there soon..


poopycat commented on April 7, 2007 at 5:20 pm

I love the fatness of this brownie, and the crackliness of the top! Looks hugely satisfying. Can’t wait to try!


thecoffeesnob commented on April 14, 2007 at 1:45 am

Those look great! I love how evenly you’ve cut them and lined them up. I can never get that with my brownies, i’m far too impatient.


Mahek commented on April 18, 2007 at 6:25 am

The brownies look soooo…..
delicious . feel like just picking one up , great!!!
looking forward to some good food and photos in your hols!!!!


Lynn commented on April 20, 2007 at 8:27 am

Hi, your brownies look fantastic! I’d really like to try it out. However, i have some problems with the measurements, such as how many grams is 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 3/4 flour and 1/4 cup cocoa powder? need some advice hehe


Michelle commented on April 21, 2007 at 10:57 am

they look yummylicious!!


Frances Daphne commented on April 22, 2007 at 1:02 pm

“Barry-Callebaut Carma 47% chocolate couverture”
Are the brownies we had during Ampl Fri from this batch you baked?
& yes babe,
I so agree –
it goes fantastically with ice cream- Mmmmm!
Its great you’re back in the swing of baking now that exams are over ! hehe! Cheers!


Bernice commented on April 25, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Hi, I’m new to baking. May I know what do you mean by chocolate over simmiering water? I tried the recipe twice and it fail on me. =(

Thanks and lovely blog you have!!!


Nick commented on July 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm




jerome commented on July 27, 2014 at 2:06 am



Post A Comment

Use the email address you registered with Flickr here to see your Flickr Buddy Icon with your comment.

Top food blogs
Follow cherylovescake on Twitter




miss bake-a-lot's items Go to miss bake-a-lot's photostream