Archive for July, 2011

I’ve been having a brownie craving lately, a seriously deep chocolate craving. It had to be satisfied! I started looking at different brownie recipes and I saw one that had Milky Way Midnight candy bars in it. What a brilliant idea. Off I went to hunt for Midnight candy bars but the only ones I could find was the mini bars in the multi packs which has a mixture of other mini chocolate bars in it. There was only a couple of the Midnight bars in each bag so I had to buy two whole bags to have enough. Of course, I could have just used the regular Milky Ways but my heart was really set on having the rich, deep dark Midnight kind ūüôā And so I bought two whole bags of candy, just so I could have my craving satisfied. But that’s ok, because Halloween will be here soon and I can give the candy to the kids….yeah right, like that’s gonna last alllll the waaaay to Halloween ūüėČ

Since then, I have made these brownies twice and my craving has simmered down for the moment. The candy bars almost melt into the brownie itself but every now and then you find a small piece of the white stuff. The brownies are very rich, fudgy, dense and has a deep chocolate flavor…completely immoral!


5 oz (140 g) semisweet chocolate, chopped

2 oz (56 g) unsweetened chocolate, chopped

8 tbsp (113 g) unsalted butter

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 large eggs

1 1/4 cup (260 g) sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (145 g) flour

1 1/2 oz (42 g) (5 mini bars) Milky Way Midnight candy bars


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square pan with foil, letting the foil extend over the edges for easy removal of brownie once baked. Spray foil with cooking spray and set aside.

Cut Milky Way bars into 1/2 inch pieces and let cool in the refrigerator.

Melt the chopped chocolate and butter in a bowl set over barely simmering water (a water-bath), stir until smooth. Add cocoa powder and stir until well incorporated. Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, combine eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and salt, whisk for 20 seconds. Stir in melted chocolate. Add flour to wet ingredients and fold in just until combined. Add the Milky Way candy pieces, careful not to over-mix. Pour mixture into pan and bake 35-40 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into center of cake, toothpick should have just a few crumbs attached to it. Move pan to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Cut into small pieces and serve. Enjoy!

Source: inspired by The Good Cookie book

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Hindbærroulade РRaspberry Swiss Roll

Roulade is one of my (many) favorite cakes and my mother used to make a fantastic roulade with a raspberry cream. I wanted to make some version of her cake and this is what I came up with.

Roulade¬†can be a very intimidating dessert to make, I know I felt a bit anxious about it myself. I did a lot of research online and planned my adventure for weeks.¬†It turns out that there are numerous techniques out there on how to roll the cake without it cracking. Some choose to cover the cake with a moist clean tea towel while it cools and the roll it, some brush it with a liqueur or simple syrup, allow to cool and then roll it. I choose to roll it while still hot, allow to cool, unroll, apply wet ingredients and re-roll. It worked out really great. Use the parchment paper to help you roll the cake while it’s hot and get a good grip on the cake, as if you were rolling sushi. If the cake is tightly rolled, it’s¬†easy to cut and it looks great. This turned out to be a really fun project, not to mention delicious.

Make sure to beat eggs for a full 10 minutes. Sift and fold in dry ingredient. Flip baked cake onto sugared parchment paper.

Use paper to help roll the warm cake along short edge. Get a good grip. Wrap in paper and tea towel, allow to cool.

Gently unroll cooled cake, apply wet ingredients, re-roll. Place seam-side down.

Hindbærroulade РRaspberry Swiss Roll


For the cake:

3 large eggs

125 g sugar (4.4 oz) (3/4 cup)

60 g flour (2.1 oz) (1/2 cup)

60 g cornstarch (2.1 oz) (1/2 cup)

1 tsp. baking powder

For the filling:

Raspberry sauce or your favorite marmalade

225 ml heavy whipping cream (1 cup) (1/2 pint)

1 1/2 tbs. confectioners sugar


Preheat oven to  390 degrees F   [200 degrees C]

Make Raspberry Sauce, if using, and set aside to cool.

Line a 26×36 cm (10×15 inch) baking sheet with parchment paper. Place eggs and sugar in the bowel of an electrical mixer and mix on high-speed¬†for 10 minutes until eggs are pale and thick. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowel and sift over egg mixture. Gently fold in the dry ingredients, careful not to deflate the dough by over mixing. Pour batter onto baking sheet and gently spread out dough into all corners. Bake for 8-10 minutes until light golden. Do not over-bake, cake should spring back when touched in the center.

Place a clean tea towel on table top and lay a second piece of parchment paper on top. Sprinkle parchment paper generously with sugar. Once cake is out of the oven and still hot, flip cake out of baking sheet onto new sugared parchment paper. Carefully peel off old parchment paper. While still hot, start at the short edge and use the parchment paper to help you roll up the cake. Once starting to roll, keep a firm grip on the cake (as if you were making Sushi) to get a tight roll. Once the cake is rolled up, finish by rolling the parchment paper around the cake and then roll the tea towel around the parchment paper. Let it cool completely.

Whip whipping cream and confectioner’s sugar until it starts to thicken a little, set aside. Once cake is cooled, gently unroll. Spread a thin layer of Raspberry Sauce or marmalade out over the entire cake. Next spread a thin layer of the whipped cream. Gently roll the cake back up again with the parchment paper and store in refrigerator until ready to serve, seam side down. Enjoy.


Source: inspired by Familie Journalen

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