Starry, Starry Night…

Teacher: If you could go anywhere in the universe, where would you go? What would you do?

Student #1: I would strap myself to a comet, so when I raced through the sky like a shooting star, I could grant everyone’s wishes. I would wear a pink and white jumpsuit, with stars on the sides, and goggles with my hair flying behind me.

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Student #2: I would take my ice skates and participate in the Annual Universe Ice Skating Competition, and beat aliens with three eyes and five legs, with my routine on the rings of Saturn

Student #3: I would dive into a black hole and swim towards the light at the other end. I would disappear and come out into a world where all the movies are reality, and normal life is what they watch and wish for.

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Student #4: I would find the edge of the universe and then fall off. I don’t know what I would do then. I don’t really know what is there…

Student #5: I would eat extra-terrestrial food. Those space burgers and those shakes made from stardust. I would burp out newly born stars and place them in the sky.

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Student #6: I would become the first real Miss Universe. I would beat those purple haired zoinks no problem. I would say, in my acceptance speech, that I wish for universe peace.

Student #7: I would date an alien. It would really annoy my parents, more than that guy on a motorbike for sure. We would try to get married but stupid planets would be against inter-specie marriage so we would protest.

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I just saw Star Trek: Into Darkness. I saw explosions and flames, Benedict Cumberbatch looking so attractive when playing a genetically superior being. Oh wait, he is that in real life so I suppose he was just acting evil. I saw Chris Pine’s crazy blue eyes and sighed. I saw Zachary Quinto cry.

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Honestly, it was quite an otherworldly experience, a supernatural phenomenon which got me wanting to ask you – What would you want to do if you found yourself in space?

Personally, I would like a mad man in a blue box who would whisk me away to fight angels which are demonic and make me cry in Trenzalore, but we are all entitled to our own desires. Where would you go?

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As you contemplate, please make sure you have a plate of brownies. Specifically these ultra gooey, utterly indulgent brownies.

They are definitely out of this world and if I went on a universe peace-keeping mission, I would bring along a tray. Or 5.

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Spiky Nutella Milky Way Brownies
Adapted from: Liz’s Milky Way Brownies

Ingredients:

Brownies (I adapted the brownies from my cookbook, Mastering the Art of Baking – my changes are in bold)

  • 190g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 50g Nutella
  • 80g butter, room temperature
  • 165g caster sugar
  • 65g brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 50g plain flour
  • 3 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Fluff Layer

  • 1 ½ cups caramel chips
  • 1 ½ cups marshmallow fluff (or crème)
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  • 2 tbs thickened cream

Caramel Layer

  • 400g chewy caramels, unwrapped
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  • ¼ cup thickened cream

Other

  • 1 bag dark chocolate chips

Method:

Brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Line a baking tray (18x28cm) with baking paper, leaving a bit hanging over the sides
  2. Put chocolate, butter and Nutella in small saucepan and mix over low heat until smooth and melted – can use a bain marie if you have more time and want smoother finish
  3. Beat eggs and both sugars with vanilla until light and thick
  4. Whisk in chocolate mixture
  5. Sift the cocoa and flour on top and mix until just combined
  6. Sprinkle and stir through the mini chocolate chips
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  7. Pour into tin and bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted, comes out with gooey crumbs (Mine was a little too under-baked – do not do that otherwise cutting the slice is very difficult)
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  8. Transfer to a wire rack to cool in tin (you guys loved it on my Facebook page!)
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  9. Refrigerate until needed (or cut into little squares after cooling and dust with cocoa powder)
Look at that fudgy texture!

Look at that fudgy texture!

Fluff Layer

  1. In a small saucepan, combine all fluff ingredients and stir over low heat until marshmallow fluff begins to loosen and the chips melt
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  2. Combine the ingredients until a spreadable, smooth mixture forms – this will take time
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  3. Spread over the cooled brownies and refrigerate again
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Caramel Layer

  1. Melt ingredients together over low heat (slow process)
  2. Let cool for 10 minutes before slowly spreading it over the brownie – I poured mine in the middle then stretched it out as it cools very fast, so work quick!
  3. Note: If too quickly done, it will be too hot to stay on brownie and coat the sides!

Final

  1. Into the caramel, litter lots of dark chips to make the whole slice seem like a porcupine! (or can top with melted chocolate)
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  2. Cut into small pieces (very rich) after chilling whole slice for at least 2 hours.

Dream of the Milky Way and enjoy every second!

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163 Comments

  1. CCU, I bet you were a little star in literature and writing courses as you always think of the most imaginative scenes. I think your brownies are “out of this world too”! Heavenly and sinful!

  2. Tammy says:

    There is only one thing that can distract me from these bars of gooey goodness and that is my man Cumberbatch *sigh* *swoon*…annnd back to reality..

    I love your post. Hmmm if I found myself in space…idk hope that if I ever got lost in space it would be with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney??? LOL.

    Wishing you a bright and cheerful weekend!

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

  3. Hannah says:

    Those are some seriously far-out questions, but all I can focus on are your other-worldly brownies. Oh, wow! Talk about having the fudge factor, and in a very good way!

  4. First of all; yumm!!! these brownies look soooo good! :P
    Second of all; if i were in space i’d probs go ride the ring around Saturn, i think that would be fun haha :P
    Third of all; Merry Merry Christmas my friend!
    Fourth of all; love the new layout and design of your blog! where’d you get it done?

    Happy holidays!

    Daisy and the Fox :)

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  6. Tisa says:

    Leave it to you Ms. Uru to have me salivating early a. m., when I’m scrolling through my email. This is just an insane combination of everything favorited in my life. The fact that it looks extra terrestrial in nature makes it all the more better :))

  7. If I was in the sky, I’d want to sit on a cloud and watch what’s going on. If I were further out, out in space, I’d pick the Milky Way (!) to sit on and keep up my observations. Droll-worthy recipe today, CCU!

  8. I haven’t seen such a crazy rich, utterly irresistible treat in quite some time! Brilliant use of fluff in here, by the way. To make these babies vegan, it sounds like a job for ricemallow creme to me… ;)

  9. I think your perfectly lined up chocolate chips look like something really modern maybe something teleported here. Maybe from another planet… just kidding these brownies are so awesome that I think I find myself wandering in the kitchen checking to make sure I have all the ingredients to make them. Can I use softened marshmallows to substitute for marshmallow cream…you know living here in Hong Kong… need I say more..Take care, BAM

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  11. Uru, girl, you’ve outdone yourself! Not only did I love the writing in this post (all of those scenarios were out of this world) but holy shiznit these brownies would send my taste buds into orbit (ok, no more cheesy space-isms!). Seriously though – WOW!

  12. Amy Tong says:

    These are all fun answers…so creative. And your treat is so decadent. I want to dive into your cake pan like it’s a black hole too! hahaha….

  13. mjskit says:

    “I would burp newborn starts…” Love that one! I think if I found myself in space I would just hang and see what happens. :) Your cake is way over the top the my dear!!!! My sweettooth is yelling at me right now!

  14. Juliana says:

    It is a torture seeing all this pictures and not be able to get a piece…only one small piece would make me very happy now :)
    Have a great week Uru!

  15. Medeja says:

    You evil evil person! You will ruin my all diets! :))) I’m joking abuot evil, but wasn’t joking about diet :D where did you buy those caramel bits? do they have it woolworths? I haven’t noticed..

    • Haha my job is to make my friends fat so I look thin :P JOKES!
      caramel bits should be available in Woolworths, Coles, I have even seen them in corner shops, they are the newest baking fad to which Australia has finally caught up :P

      Cheers
      CCU

  16. Rhonda says:

    I would go anywhere in space that served these things! I could probably hang with Dr. Who for a while, but those Daleks are super annoying :)

  17. Reeni says:

    Where wouldn’t I go? Definitely in search of Zachary Quinto! Love him! With a big batch of these brownies to lure him my way. Delectable! Good to see you putting that marshmallow fluff to good use.

  18. Kim Bultman says:

    Uru, I’ve always enjoyed gazing at the Milky Way, but I never imagined its wonders included chocolate! I hereby stand enlightened. ;) I also loved the imaginative answers to your teacher’s question and yours. Personally, I’d settle for a transporter so I could go wherever my interstellar whims desire, including a trip to Australia on planet Earth. xo

  19. If I found myself lost in space… I would probably pee in my pants and cry. :) I like my feet firmly on the ground here on Earth…I’m such a bore that way. LOL! Star Trek always scared me a bit when I was a kid… all those aliens freaked me out.

    Now what would NOT freak me out are these brownies. OMG!! Please eat two for me. YUM!

  20. Veronica says:

    Haven’t seen the new Star Trek yet but am looking forward to it. I’d love to join Dr. Who on his adventures as well. :) These brownies look out of this world! No pun intended. ;)

  21. pamasaurus says:

    I wish I could just pull these through my computer screen. Probably best that I can’t. I’m trying to drop a few pounds before vacation. These might be worth an extra run this week, though! YUM!

  22. A_Boleyn says:

    The teacher who elicited these responses must relate well to his/her students as they don’t always share their thoughts and feeling so openly.

    Thank you for sharing this amazing bar cake. I LOVE Mars bars. I’ve never worked with marshmallow fluff but the ooey gooey results when combined with the melted chocolate … just decadent. I don’t know that I could get all those chocolate chips lined up so perfectly. Maybe I’d just sprinkle chocolate shavings on top instead. Or maybe a chocolate ganache coating that would harden and resemble the Mars bar even more.

    PS: I made a sweet recipe yesterday as well. Pretty decadent because of the filling though much simpler in construction than this magnificent treat. :)

    • Haha I made up the scenario, I have some teachers who are very open but not to this extent :)
      Glad you enjoyed this decadency! The initial recipe has a chocolate ganache coating but I was not trying to mimic the milky way look, jsut the flavours :D

      Cheers
      CCU

  23. Oh my goodness! I commented that your last recipe was decadent, and this trumps that! I love the way those chocolate chips keep their shape. I hope we have those available in our stores. Your movie review was great, although I notice you primarily focused on the handsome young stars! :-) That’s good enough for me, too, CCU!

  24. I just love the idea of ‘burping out newly born stars’ – just beautiful! I’ve spent much of the last week burping my new Grandbaby and to imagine her burping out stars is fantastic indeed!
    Those Brownies are just amazing! I may have to make them and WILL have to give them away to my choir friends! :)

  25. Susan says:

    Those brownies look amazing, but moreover, I loved the student’s answers and how creative they were. I hope I don’t find myself in space…I’m a homebody! XOXO

  26. HOW GOOD WAS INTO DARKNESS???? And Benedict… *le sigh* I love JJ’s unique twist on such a classic Star Trek tale.

    And I would totally use these brownies to lure the Doctor AWAY from the fields of Trenzalore because obviously no being in the galaxy could resist them. :D

  27. This looks great and I must make them for Mr. Picky Eater! He and I are obsessed with the new Dark Chocolate Milky Way candy bar and since you used dark chocolate – this will mimic that taste. Also, I am changing the way I follow everyone – I’m so glad you have bloglovin’. I love how that works and am changing it to that so don’t think I stopped following you. I just changed the way I do!

  28. Eva Taylor says:

    Having grown up with the original Star Trec with William Shatner and then Patrick Stewart on the Next Generation I have no inclination to see this version! BTW I actually have William Shatner’s autograph!
    These brownies look ridiculously decadent!

  29. laurasmess says:

    Uru my dear, you’re killing me. With chocolate magnificence! One thing though… I can’t believe how evenly you placed that top layer of chocolate chips onto the bar. I am NEVER that patient!! :)

    • Haha I made up the scenario after eating chocolate cake… go figure ;)
      Caramel chips are the newest baking ingredients available in both Coles and Woolworths, though Marshamllow Fluff is only Woolworths – hope you find it :D

      Cheers
      CCU

  30. Carla Bigio says:

    I think I might have stop reading your blog until July. When I can safely read and run to the kitchen and make the things you make. That is one HEAVENLY cookie bar. I am dying.

  31. Acacia says:

    WOW! It looks super indulgent….just the way I love it! I like the funny answers the teachers question and I love your delicious photos

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