marabou

The name always reminds me on Malibou and Baywatch. xD
Anyways, my sister brought me a chocolate bar by Marabou and it was so good!

marabou

I love the combination chocolate and oranges. At christmas, I always make chocolate-dipped candied orange peels. And the chocolate bar also had caramel brittles in it. Perfect!

kitkat

Another souvenir from Japan were different flavours of Kitkat you probably won’t find at your local supermarket.

kitkat

There was 抹茶 matcha tea, strawberry, passionfruit and white chocolate (I think). The orange (passionfruit) kitkat was my favorite but only because there was a bunny shaped in the chocolate bar.

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ploy’s brownies

For her birthday, my friend wanted to bring a cake to work but she never really baked a cake before and she doesn’t have an oven to bake one at her home. So, she came over and I helped her a bit. We baked Jamie Oliver’s Bloomin’ brillant brownies. The recipe is simple and perfect for beginners.

250 g butter
200 g dark chocolate, broken up
80 g cocoa powder, sifted
65 g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
270 g caster sugar (I like it less sweet than Jamie)
4 large free-range eggs
50 g chopped nuts, optional

Firstly, melt butter and chocolate together in a bowl over simmering water; meanwhile mix cocoa powder, flour and baking powder in another bowl. When the chocolate-butter is smooth, add the flour-mix and eggs bit by bit. Stir well unitl you have a silky consistency. Lastly, add the chopped nuts (I always roasted them beforehand) and pour the batter in a baking tray and bake for 30 mins at 180° Celsius.

Since my friend brought the whole tray to work, I couldn’t try them. But a week later, my friend surprised me with brownies she baked for me at another friend’s house. She used the same recipe and they turned out great.

Good job, Ploy!