Like Oliver, the author of this book, my son loves to catch a star of his very own. And, since he is also crazily in love with everything that is BLUE, I suggested making lots of BLUE Brownies Stars for him and his friends to "catch" during an afternoon tea party.
This kiddy version of brownies is super easy to make and easy to handle for cutting into shapes. Although these brownie stars seem to be a great food idea for my son and his friends to enjoy, there are heaps of brownies scraps and pieces lying around after cutting the brownies into their star shapes. I felt really bad throwing away these food scraps away and decided to keep them in a "waste jar". Funny that my family and I actually enjoy eating these brownies scraps from "waste jar" and I'm glad I didn't create too much waste from this bake.
|Here are the blue stars for my son and his friends...|
|Even the cutter that I used is also BLUE colour!|
|Look at the heaps of "waste" that I've created...Ops!|
|Waste No more! Just dunk our hands into these brownies scraps. Never to think that "waste" can taste so good.|
Here's the Milky Brownies recipe largely modified from a Nestle advertisement featured in old issue of Super Food Idea Magazine (Dec 2010 / Jan 2011 Issue)
(with my modification marked in blue)
375g dark chocolate melt (replaced by milk chocolate melt)
200g butter, chopped
1/4 cup caster sugar
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (replaced by milk chocolate chips)
380g can Nestle Top' n' Fill Caramel (replaced by 390g condensed milk)
1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan forced. Grease a 4.5 cm deep 21 cm x 31 cm baking pan. Line base and sides with paper paper allowing 2 cm overhang at long ends. Place dark (or milk) chocolate melts and butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave uncovered on MEDIUM for 2-3 min, stirring every min with a metal spoon, or until melted and spoon.
2. Stir caster sugar into chocolate mixture. Stand for 5 min. Add eggs, 1 at a time, stirring after addition. Stir in flour. Fold through white chocolate chips (or milk chocolate chips) and Top' n' Fill Caramel (or condensed milk). Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 min or until skewer inserted comes out with crumbs clinging. Set aside in pan to cool completely.
3. Using an 8 cm star-shaped cookie cutter, cut 10 stars from brownies. serve
Note: I yielded 30 stars using a 4.5 cm star cutter to cut these brownies. I used royal icing (recipe from my previous post, Mini Gingerbread Houses, quantity with less than 1/4 egg white and tinted with Wilton blue colour gel) to outline the stars. Then, I sprinkled blue sanding sugar on the icing and brownies before the icing set.
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