Jun 11, 2012

The Brownie Point

Morning folks!

I believe all soccer fans have caught the EURO 2012 fever by now. The kick-off started on 8 June 2012 with the first match between Poland and Greece (1-1). Being a true fan means that you're able to sacrifice your sleep (it's 12 a.m and 2.45 a.m in Malaysia during the live telecasts) just to watch your favorite team. Well, I've tried. And...failed. I only watched the early 15 minutes then drifted off to sleep until the end of the game. 

So forget about the tactical part of the game. And focus on the sideline for a moment shall we?

I just noticed that it's imperative to have munchies while watching these soccer games. The main reason I believe that it MUST be something to munch on is that the snacks will keep us awake during the not-so intriguing moments. There are so many munchies available : Chips. Chicken wings. Late night pizza. Pretzel bites. Salted nuts. Roasted nuts...  So what's your favorite? Or perhaps something more decadent like this?

Brownies Like No Other

1/2 cup corn oil
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 Tbsp plain yogurt

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp instant coffee

Add in (optional):
1/2 cup chopped chocolate
1/2 cups chopped nuts

  1. Preheat oven to 175 C/ 350 F. Grease and line with parchment paper a 13x9 inch rolled cake pan
  2. In a large bowl, mix these together until smooth and shiny : Corn oil + sugars + vanilla + yogurt
  3. In another bowl, whisk the dry items together : flour + cocoa + baking soda + salt + instant coffee
  4. Add in the flour mixture into the wet mixture, stir with wooden spoon just until combine. (No need to work up your muscle here)
  5. Fold in the chopped chocolate and nuts if using any
  6. Pour the lumpy batter into prepared pan and smooth down the surface 
  7. Pop in the oven for about 18-20 minutes until tester comes out clean and the edges slightly pulled from the sides
  8. Let cool in pan for 2 hours before cutting off into squares


Just so you know, we devoured half the pan while it was still warm. It was damn good, but a little crumbly. Perhaps the lack of eggs. Not that it mattered. But heed my advice. If you have an iron control of yourself, right after it cools down to room temperature, wrap the whole pan with a cling wrap. Refrigerate it. Let say...overnight. Okay, don't crazy me just yet. It will be WORTH IT. Because the other half that's been sitting in the fridge after we can't stomach no more tasted A MILLION TIMES BETTER than the warm ones!  ^__^ I think there're still a few squares left. I wonder if it stills there... Better check on it!

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