Sweets For My Sweeties

So, Valentine’s Day today and hmm … what can be sweeter than sharing sweet tapas with your sweetie? My son and I love going to this Spanish chocolateria, which serves the best churros in town. On very indulgent times, we would order the chocolate tapas and share it between us two, though often he would have most of what’s on the plate. We love churros dipped in melted dark chocolate. And of course the decadent morsels and brownies and fresh strawberries on the plate with the churros. We haven’t been there for some time so I thought today on Valentine’s Day, I’ll prepare sweet treats tapas to share with the boys, hubby and son that is.

I baked the chocolate fudge brownies, made the churros from scratch and melted some chocolate to dip the churros, strawberries, pretzels and marshmallow in. What a treat indeed! 🙂

I know I have said how I love baking brownies the most. Thought I’d share my favorite brownie recipe.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie

  • 150g butter
  • 300g dark eating chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 3/4 cup dark choco bits
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup macadamias, toasted and chopped coarsely
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder and icing sugar, to dust

Buy a good quality eating chocolate. I find that it makes a difference using a good quality chocolate compared with a cheaper brand.

Method:

Preheat oven to moderate (180C degrees). Grease a 19cm x 29cm rectangular pan and line bottom and two opposite sides with baking paper. I shared a tip on how I easily line a pan with baking paper in my earlier post  The Rainbow Cake Challenge ,  see if you find it useful as well.

Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan. Stir over low heat, without boiling, until mixture is smooth. Cool until just warm.

Stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla essence.

Add sifted flour and mix well.

Stir in well the sour cream.

Stir in the macadamias and choco bits.

Pour in baking pan and bake for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, remove from oven, cover with foil and bake for another 20 minutes.

Let it cool in the pan and cut into small squares to serve. Dust with mixture of cocoa powder and icing sugar just before serving.

If you want to make your own Churros, I found this recipe from a Mexican cookbook.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbs granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 lime or lemon
  • oil for frying

Method:

Bring the water, sugar and salt to the boil. Remove from heat and add the flour.

Add and beat in the flour until smooth.

Using a wooden spoon, beat in the egg until mixture is smooth and satiny. Set the batter aside.

Pour the oil into a deep pan and add half the lemon or lime, then heat the oil to 190C degrees or until a cube of day-old bread added to the oil browns in 30-60 seconds.

Pour the batter into a pastry bag or injector with a fluted nozzle. Pipe 3-inch strips of batter.

Add strips to the oil, a few at a time and fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.

Use a slotted spoon to remove churros from pan and rain on paper towel. Don't worry about the dark spots. They don't taste burnt at all.

Now for the fun part, arrange brownies and churros on plate with melted chocolate. You can serve fresh strawberries and pretzels and marshmallows as well.

Now, share the love!

Indulge!

 

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This entry was published on February 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm. It’s filed under desserts, family bonding, food, recipes, Sweet treats and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

7 thoughts on “Sweets For My Sweeties

  1. Such a great idea! Happy Valentine’s Day

  2. Lucky Family! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. You’re so cute – that all looks so amazing together!! Yum yum!!

  4. Pingback: A Morsel of Sweetness « Food Safari

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