Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy Brownies

I thought that I am supposed to be happy... baking my happy brownies. I was happy baking these brownies but I am not sure now that I am as happy as I should be.

These brownies are originally made with lots of happy reasons...

First of all, these brownies are surprisingly low in fat, sugar and calories, and yet they are very moist and delicious! This makes me happy knowing that I'm feeding my family these guilt-free treats.

Second, I love baking and so I thought that I will be simply happy baking these cute little brownies.

Last and most importantly, I was supposed to bake these brownies for our 16th bake-along with my two baking buddies, Lena, from Frozen wings and Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. Due to family reasons, Joyce was unable to join us for this bake-along and I feel bad and feel that these brownies should not be as happy as they are intended to be. Nevertheless, I hope that everything will be fine for Joyce and sincerely wish that my happy brownies post can give everybody lots of "happiness" and lots of smiles on your face.

For our next bake-along, we are baking cherry-vanilla tea cake with vanilla sugar which is to be posted on 30 Jan 2012. The recipe of this cake is from Bon Appetit or the book, Bon Appetit by Barbara Fairchild. Please join us and link your post with us on 30 Jan 2012 or within the next 5 days.

Hi! I'm plain-happy brownies made by Zoe, a happy baker.
...and these are my happy friends. From top left to right, plain-happy, just-happy, simply-happy and LOL-happy
More "happy" brownies... From top left to right, happy-in-love, no-happy-face, happy-stars and not-so-happy

Here's the Chocolate Fudge Brownies Cake recipe from the book, Enlightened Cakes by Camilla V Saulsbury.
(with my modification in blue)

2 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all purpose flour) (I used all purpose flour)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (NOT Dutch process)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp espresso powder (I didn't add this)
1 tsp powdered sugar (I didn't use this)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with non stick baking spray with flour.

Stir the chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water until melted. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder and slat. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, egg whites, applesauce, canola oil, vanilla, espresso powder, and melted chocolate until blended. Sift flour mixture over. Gently fold flour into batter (do not over-stir). Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake 33-35 min or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer cake to a cooling rack and cool completely. Release the pan sides from the cake and sift powdered sugar over the cake.

Make 12 servings

Nutrition per serve:
Calories 247
Fat 12.9g
Protein 4.2g
Cholesterol 35.3mg
Carbohydrate 32.3g

This is how I made this cake into my mini happy brownies:

Using half of the recipe, I baked a thinner cake with a 15 cm x 26 cm loaf tin at 160°C fan forced for 20 min . 

For the ingredients, I used 120g of apple puree to replace half amount of 3/4 cup of applesauce.

I've cut 12 pieces of brownies with 4.5 cm star-shaped and 3.5 cm round cookies cutter. Thus, each brownies worked out to be about 70 calories per brownie.

The faces of the brownies were drawn with melted white chocolate and the filled "mouth" area was filled with thin icing sugar (made with water) frosting.

To minimise food wastage, the bits and pieces of excess brownies were salvaged after cutting the brownies into shapes. I've made 9 truffles by mixing the excess brownies with 40g of light cream cheese and coated them with 100-120g of melted dark chocolate.



Here are our baking friends that have joined us for this bake-along. Please visit their blogs for more of their brownies baking.

Please submit your details if you wish to link your post with this bake-along. This linking tool is open from 9th Jan to 13th Jan 2012.


44 comments:

  1. Zoe these happy faces look adorables!!!

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  2. So cute...I love the picture!

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  3. These happy yummy brownies made me smile ;) Hope everything will be fine for your friend Joyce :)

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  4. your son must be so excited seeing these faces on the brownies. did he help you to draw the faces too? ..dont feel bad abt these happy brownies.

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  5. OMG, OMG, OMG, Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese are adorsably CUTE, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT, you are amazing :D thank you for sharing these wonderful yummy :D

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  6. Looking at your happy brownies makes me happy too.

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  7. Hi Zoe, oh... my... your brownies looks absolutely cute and delicious. Very well done, 2 thumbs up for you.
    Have a nice day and nice to meet you too.

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  8. Luv Brownies!! cute pics!! :-)
    http://gharkhana.blogspot.com/

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  9. That is just too cute! I tried not to make brownies because they are usually filled with calories and also my boys are not partial to brownies too!

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  10. I loved those two kissing! So beautiful!

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  11. Wow those brownies looks soo cute and makes me happy..

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  12. Lovely idea!!
    Have a great week

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  13. Hehe ... they're soooo cute! Definitely put a smile on my face. Be happy, dear Zoe. Things always turn out right in the end.

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  14. They are adorable and make us happy!Happy new year,dear!Kisses from Greece!

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  15. Zoe, your happy brownies made me smile!! And it's nice to know there's a yummy lower calorie option for me to try...they look moist and wonderful~

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  16. So beautiful to look at those happy smiles on those brownies Zoe. I shall be linking mine 2morrow.

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  17. that is so adorable. i love that.

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  18. These are so cute...perhaps I'll start giving my food faces!! I really like the star-shaped ones!! :-)

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  19. I think these lovely little brownies would make most people very happy -
    Mary x

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  20. Your happy brownies definitely brought a smile to my face =)

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  21. love the happy in love ones :)

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  22. LOVE THEM! happy baking to you too :)

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  23. The brownies look adorable! Can't help but smile when I look at them. Bet they are equally tasty too!

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  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love your cupcakes. Wish I had a recipe to share!!

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  25. Cute presentation ! And look moist and good too . Don't think I have time to join this month bake along, need to concentrate on CNY cookies and dishes , hehehe .

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  26. Zoe I love chocolate so I wouldn't be able to resist, if I had these extremely cute and delicious little brownies in front of me!

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  27. Zoe, I'm happy seeing your brownies, and hungry too :)

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  28. Lucky kids; I love your happy brownies; so cute!
    Rita

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  29. Aw the happy in love cake is my favourite! These are gorgeous.

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  30. I love these happy brownies and they're healthy-ish too! I need to try this recipe soon. I've entered my own healthy-ish brownies made with mayo. Hope to bake-along a bit more with you this year :)

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  31. wooooow....cute & marvellous brownies..;P
    excellent captures..
    Tasty Appetite

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  32. CUTE! I love these... and a lighter brownie is something I need to try!

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  33. So cute and they look delicious! I would love having all the expressions to choose from, would make me smile everytime I ate one! :)

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  34. I love the way you decorate your brownies into smiley faces ! Very interesting and appealing !!

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  35. What adorable photos you have! I love all the little faces. Very happy brownies indeed!

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  36. They all cute :) and looks yummy !!
    Ridwan

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  37. haha! I LOVE the little faces, too cute!!

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  38. AWWWWW these are so cute! thanks for dropping by my blog, and letting me discover yours! I love how you're baking to make kids happy (: that's so sweet! brilliant blog and photos!

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  39. Hi Zoe, I'm so touched reading your post! Everything is fine now, and your brownie sure make me smile! They look really cute, especially the "happy in love". I managed to make the brownie and join along! Makes me happy to join your happy brownies! Hopping over to Lena's now! Thanks Zoe, for your concern! Hugs!

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  40. Your cute, little brownie bites make me very happy! Adorable and delicious! Time to pin!

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  41. These happy brownies are adorable! I bet you were happy that you got to eat the scraps!

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  42. How fun are these?! I'm glad I have such cute recipes to see while catching up on the blogs I havn't had a chance to read since Dec!

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  43. How cute! I like the use of apple sauce in the recipe!

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