Wednesday, 27 June 2012

White Chocolate Brownie Balls

I made these as a present for a friend who accompanied me to the Science Center!! :D

It was really messy to coat the brownie balls. I actually did it by dropping the brownie balls into the chocolate mixture with a spoon. Disaster! Dark chocolate crumbs were all over my pure white chocolate mixture, and the balls were reluctant to leave my metal spoon when I tried to place them on a tray to cool! 

So, on reflection, I thought using toothpicks would be much better! Just stick a toothpick in each completed brownie ball, dip, and then line on a piece of parchment paper over a tray! 

Anyway, my friend said these were delicious, though the white chocolate was a little bit sweet.

I used to think that there is no difference between regular chocolate bars and baking chocolate bars, but apparently regular chocolate bars melt at a different temperature and is of course higher in sugar and fat.

Ingredients (Makes about 28 balls):

- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 

- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar (feel free to decrease amount of sugar to just 6 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt

- 1/2 cup soymilk
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 tablespoon white or apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 

- 1 bar baking white chocolate (or any flavour you like! ^^), broken into small pieces

This recipe requires melting chocolate. And here's a note about melting chocolate using double-boiler method:

- MAKE SURE YOUR BOWL CONTAINING THE CHOCOLATE IS ENTIRELY DRY! Even a little drop of water will make your chocolate seize and taste bad. So, if you are going to use any tool to stir your melted chocolate, make sure that is dry too!

- Place your mixing bowl on top of a pot of simmering water. The bowl should not touch the water in the pot. Allow the trapped steam to melt your chocolate. It'll take only a few minutes. And you need not worry about your chocolate burning!

Preheat oven to 150℃. 

1. Grease an 8-inch square pan.

2. Heat chocolate chips in microwave or over a double boiler until melted.

3. Meanwhile, whisk together ingredients B in a large bowl. 

4. Whisk together ingredients C in another bowl. Mix well.

5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until just combined. Whisk in melted chocolate chips. 

6. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out slightly moist. Remove from oven and let sit until the brownies are cool enough to handle.

7. In the meantime, melt the white chocolate pieces using microwave or double boiler.

8. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of brownie and roll it into a ball using the palms of your hands. Using a toothpick, dip your brownie balls into the melted chocolate to coat. Place coated brownie balls onto a parchment-lined tray or plate and refrigerate until chocolate sets. Store in refrigerator until serving.

You can try these little delicious cuties with other kinds of chocolate coating too (strawberry, green tea etc). Not only will you have pretty coloured chocolate balls, the different flavours make your brownie balls fun to eat!

I also placed a toasted hazelnut piece in the centre of each brownie ball for a nice surprise. ^^

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