Monday, February 20, 2012

Milky Brownie Stars

My son loves reading this book, How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. The story is about a boy that loves stars very much that he decided to catch one of his very own...

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.

milky brownie stars condensed milk

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)

Make 10
375g dark chocolate melt (replaced by milk chocolate melt)
200g butter, chopped
1/4 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
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.


Happy Baking

35 comments:

  1. I bet your son and his friends were excited to eat these...love the idea of a scrap jar.

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  2. Mmmm, what a fun and delicious treat! I bet they loved 'em. :) Aren't brownie scraps the best?? So yummy over ice cream!

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  3. Your son is so lucky to have his mom making stars; love it.
    Rita

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  4. Looks yummy and adorable,I'm sure all the kids will love it :)
    Ridwan

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  5. Sooo cute. I love brownies and would pick them over cake anytime. I also love the scrap jar.

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  6. lovely cute star shaped ones n lovely name to cookies!!

    Erivum Puliyum

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  7. what a cute story! that book and these stars sounds like the perfect combination!

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  8. Oh I love your waste too..would eat it in a heartbeat! Beautiful brownies Zoe, very yummy and moist!!!

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  9. Zoe I love llok absolutely nice and yum!!

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  10. your boy still havent gotten over the ' blue' yet? you even have blue sprinkling sugars! guess the kids must have enjoyed these so much! actually it's also a very nice blue touch to the brown brownies! have a good week, know you must be real busy with work, you take care, ya?

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  11. Seriously look so yummm, i love your blue cutter!

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  12. Hi Zoe, your milky star look good and very tempting. Cute cookies cutter, loves the blue.
    Have a nice day.

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  13. Your son and his friends must have one really good party! Thanks to mommy and her wonderful idea! Your brownies looks so cute and lovely, Zoe!

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  14. Make cake pops from the scraps, it will be jolly fun to do so!

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  15. Hi Zoe, they're so cute!
    Have a nice week

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  16. I love the idea of creating a 'waste jar' ...very clever. I'm pretty particular about throwing things out too. I constantly freeze or save little scraps for soups and meals. Saves money too! What a beautiful looking treat!

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  17. I love those BLUE Brownies Stars! They look so cute!
    Btw, you can share your brownie scraps with me next time! I won't say no! :)

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  18. Beautiful little stars! Look delicious!

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  19. Wonderful idea!Mouthwatering brownies!Have a lovely week!

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  20. Amazing brownies - love the stars and the blue. Im sure everyone enjoyed them :)

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  21. What an adorable idea for brownies, Zoe! The blue on chocolate brown is beautiful and yummy :) PS: I love the heaps of "waste" :D

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  22. Yummy ! 'tis perfectly-baked ! I love the blue star frosting er do you have some yellow or pink ones hahaha

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  23. These look delicious and I LOVE that you put the scraps in a jar to sneak into when you walk by....truly that was brilliant!

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  24. These are so lovely! I love brownies and so does my son! I am sure he would want to catch such a star too!

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  25. this brownie standout a lot with the blue icing and sprinkles, the boys must love it!

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  26. What an adorable and creative post! Your son and his friends must of loved this little treat! I love your idea of a jar to store all the leftover scraps. The only problem a jar like this would pose in our house is that my kids would sneak bits from it all day long. I had a bowl of m&m's out yesterday in preparation for movie night, as we always have popcorn mixed with m&m's and my kids hands were in it all day.

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  27. Mmm! I would have taken a handful of the "wastes", put them in the bottom of a bowl, and then added a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. :)

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  28. What kid - or adult - wouldn't LOVE these!!!
    mary x

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  29. Cute, cute, cute! What I like to do with my brownie scraps: make a chocolate truffle with layers of creamy chocolate pudding & strawberries or raspberries. Blue brownie stars would make my little boys swoon.

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  30. Oh you are such a sweet mom! I love this idea! And your photos are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for stopping by my blog and introducing me to your blog. I can tell I am going to love it already! :-)

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  31. My baby girl will be in "heaven" when I do these :)

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  32. How cute are these. Your son is lucky to have a mom who can bake like this. :)

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