Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Milo Brownies ~ #CreativeCookieExchange

My mum gives me Milo to go, and go, and go.  This won't mean much to anyone in the US,
but if you were a kid growing up in Australia this was the theme song for one of favorite drinks - Milo.




This month the #CreativeCookieExchange is baking cookies based on Warm Winter Drinks - hot chocolate, hot toddies, coffee-booze drinks, your favorite hot mixed drink no one has ever heard.  I took on the challenge of your favorite hot drink that no was has heard of - and that drink is Milo.





Milo is a chocolate and malt powder that can be mixed with either hot or cold milk, and is even amazing sprinkled over vanilla ice cream.  On a cold winter night there is nothing better than a big mug of warm Milo. There is just something so comforting about it. I was trying to think back and I don't think I actually tried hot chocolate until I visited Hawaii way back when I was about 16. Milo was our version of hot chocolate.  It was developed back in 1934 because it was thought that during the Depression children in Australia were not getting the nutrients they needed. The formula has remained unchanged since its invention, and even today a glass of Milo gives you 50 per cent of your recommended daily calcium, iron and vitamin C intake. Sounds like a good reason for me to go have a glass right now - hang on.......






For me the best part of Milo is the crunch, and I just knew that it would be amazing in brownies.  This recipe provides everything you would want in a brownie - chocolatey, fudgy, with a hint of crunch on the top and sides. And the bonus is that they are super easy to make. The only thing I would do next time is to sprinkle the Milo over the top while they are still hot and press it in lightly - there can never be enough Milo for me.





If you would like to know more about #CreativeCookieExchange and see what the other bakers made for the Warm Winter Drinks theme please scroll down below the recipe. Thanks to Laura from The Spiced Life, who is our fearless leader.


Milo Brownies
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Ingredients
  • 200g (7 oz) milk chocolate, chopped
  • 125g (4.5 oz) butter, chopped
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 220g (1 cup + 2 tablespoons) caster sugar
  • 70g (1/2 cup+ 2 tablespoons) Nestl√© Milo powder, plus extra, to dust
  • 75g (1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon) all-purpose flour
  • 5 grams (1 teaspoon) salt
  • Whipped cream, to serve

Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 160℃ (325℉).
  2. Spray a square 20cm (8-inch) cake pan with baking spray and line the base and sides with baking paper, allowing the paper to overhang on 2 sides.
  3. Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water).
  4. Stir with a metal spoon until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is well combined: set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Whisk the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. 
  6. Whisk in the chocolate mixture, then gently fold in the Milo and flour.
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes or until just set. 
  8. Set aside to cool in the pan.
  9. Use the paper to lift the brownie out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board.
  10. Cut into 12 pieces and dust with extra Milo. 





It’s fall--that means it is time to turn on the ovens, time to start baking, and time to start enjoying all those piping hot drinks you’ve been avoiding! We’ve decided we are going to help inspire you with all three of those with our cookies that have been inspired by warm cold weather drinks.

You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.

If you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made ~


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