Class of 2013

Dear Class of 2013

I do not know all of you. To some, I did not know you at all, apart from a face and a name. And now, at the end of it, I’m sorry  that I was too shy or didn’t put in the effort to get to know more of you. But during graduation week, honestly, I felt like that all melted away and I’m really thankful to all of you for making my last week at our school so wonderful! :)

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Whether it be jigging class dressed as a transvestite or attempting to pretend nonchalance while holding your breath in your junior uniform, when we were together a grade, it made it all the more fun, and all the more memorable :D
You made water fighting the most awesome-sauce pastime in existence and honestly, because of you all, graduation was brilliant and post-grad even better :D

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It’s surreal feeling, knowing we as a grade, will never fully be together again, and I feel a little weird about it. As much as I’m not going to miss our puke-ish uniforms (girls you know what I’m saying!) or the bells or the rules, I’m going to miss us. Our grade, the grade that was so vibrant, so crazy and so loved :)
The reputation of our grade was just… nuts. Actually. I wish I could use bette words but I really can’t lie when that was it :P

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Good luck next year guys, I will see you when I do xx

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You could say that as far as a farewell letter goes, this is quite short, not a dramatic, personalised goodbye as many wonderful people in my grade were able to write and you may say that it is a little rich that my excuse is that ‘I’m not good with words’ considering I write a blog…. #hypocrite #contradiction

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But it is true! Sappy, I’ll miss you forever writing does not come easily to me. Gosh, if I am being honest, birthday card writing, getting all personal is difficult to me. I express my love, my friendship better in gestures like hugs. Lots of hugs. :D

And baking ;)

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So during the last two weeks of school, I made 2 batches of brownies as a way of saying goodbye. Beautiful big fudgy brownies. But I have made big fugby brownies before right? Well these were different but equally as delectable :D

Secret ingredient? Marscapone.

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Oh. My. God.

Thank you Italian people all over again ;)

And the berries? It is like little pops of tangy deliciousness which come up unexpectedly in the rich, decadent treat!

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Super successful brownies for my grade, whom I know will go far :) – Just you wait and see!

Berry Marscapone Brownies
Adapted from: Kitchen Riffs (You rock John :D)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups self raising flour
  • 113g salted butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 250g marscapone cheese
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  • 1 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup frozen berries

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C – butter and line a 9x13inch baking dish with baking paper
  2. Sift flour into a large bowl
  3. In a saucepan, melt butters and sugars together (the butter takes longer, so the sugar caramelises around it)IMG_0398
  • Let butter cool for 5 minutes before beating in one egg at a time with a handheld mixer
  • Beat in vanilla essence and marcapone
  • Sift in cocoa powder and stir with a large metal spoon till mixture is glossy and chocolatey smooth
  • Add in flour and mix until just combined
  • Toss in the frozen berries and chocolate chips and combine into super thick batter
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  • Pour batter into prepared dish and bake for 25-30 minutes (mine were underbaked a little in the middle since I took them out at 23 minutes, so keep for another 5 minutes if necessary) – insert a skewer and sticky crumbs should come out :) and the brownie should start cracking
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  • Remove to cool on a wire rack… if you can ;)

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  4. laurasmess says:

    Awesome achievement! Woop! I can’t believe how much you’ve achieved for someone so young (yet so mature, in lots of ways). I graduated in 2000 which means it’s 13 years this year since I left high school. Gulp. I sound old. Anyway, back to YOU and these gorgeous brownies. Your classmates (whether you knew them or not!) were super lucky. John is definitely awesome sauce. Good luck for the adventures ahead Uru! xxx

  5. Congratulations on graduation Uru. I remember well that time in my own life, full of hope, endless opportunity, and a sense of freedom. Enjoy every minute of where you are and what comes next. And mascarpone is a fabulous secret ingredient!

  6. eliotthecat says:

    Congrats, Uru! I barely remember the excitement of my own graduation (too LONG ago), but I get to experience the thrill every year with a new crop of seniors. Best wishes and these brownies rock!

  7. You go Uru! Graduated already and about to barge into a different world! I bake too as a way of showing feelings, so much easier…jaja! Awesome brownies, I had pinned them from John’s site and now I have no excuse but to make them. Maybe show someone some love?

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  9. Lilly Sue says:

    Ooh, I like the idea of marscapone cheese! Yum! I love that stuff. And congrats girl!! I understand your feelings- when I graduated it felt kind of awkward. Like I was excited but it was kind of sad to think of all the people you would probably never see again. It obviously shows that they are not the biggest part of your life but I still had a lot of memories with people especially playing on lots of sports teams. Enjoy being a graduate and hopefully some new freedom! :)

  10. a goodbye to your year and a hello to the next. It’s always the people that make things special whether it’s school, work, holidays it’s ALWAYS the people. Congrats all round on making it through to your graduation! And cheers for an outrageously delicious recipe :)

  11. mjskit says:

    CONGRATULATIONS URU! I really loved my high school graduation and am still friends with some – a few – of the people I graduated with even though I moved 1000 miles away. Hope you’re enjoying yourself this weekend! What absolutely delicious brownies to celebrate with!

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  13. Brittany says:

    High school graduation was so bitter sweet for me. I was sad for weeks after, I missed my friends and felt so lost in such a big world. Seven years later and the sadness is gone, I have wonderful new friends, and I am still lost..but know that I have a path! Congratulations on all your accomplishments, and cheers to many more!

  14. Congratulations my dear!! You are a graduate and off to do bigger things, I’m sure. You really went all out with these brownies… Love the mascarpone and the berries. Totally fit to celebrate your new accomplishment in life. :)

  15. You did it girl!!!! Huge congratulations to you – FANTASTIC! You must be so happy, probably also a little sad to say goodbye, and so excited about this next chapter in your life :-)
    The brownie with berries look out-of-this-world-delicious Uru!
    Sending you love
    XXXX

  16. hotlyspiced says:

    Congratulations on your graduation. Such an emotional time. How lovely of you to make all those brownies and I love how they’re studded with berries. Good luck over the next few weeks with all the study – I think this is the hardest time – you just want the exam timetable to begin so you can get on with it xx

  17. Congratulations CCU! I am so happy for you! These brownies look as crazy as your infamous class. I can’t wait to try that magical Mascarpone in them. What a fabulous ingredient to add to brownies. Ingenious! What are you up to next?

  18. helene dsouza says:

    awww… At least you wrote something for your school time friends, I was not that nice. =P
    Mascarpone! let’s keep this secrete ingredient for your brownies a secrete ingredient. just joking. ;)

  19. Congratulations Uru on your graduation! A page in your life book has completed and now you are ready to turn to another one. All the memories and people will be there written in that page and you will remember many of these moments later on in your life. I wish to you to all the luck and success to whatever you plan or dream. With hard work and enthusiasm, which you have, you will succeed! The brownies are out of this world!

  20. Congratulations, Uru!!! You worked long ‘n hard for this accomplishment – you should be so proud! And that was a perfectly lovely farewell letter. Tell me more about these transvestites and water fights you speak of (so.awesome.)! Girl, these brownies look like the perfect celebratory treat. Sooooo moist ‘n decadent. I’ve heard of baking brownies with mascarpone before but have never tried it. I can’t wait to make this recipe!

    • Haha we have a tradition of cross-dressing, we swap uniforms with the guys and bam – they feel quite breezy in those skirts :P
      and water fights? Let’s just say that the bus driver taking us home was a little… upset :P *wet but prints*
      Thank you so much, definitely, John’s recipe is wow!

      Cheers
      CCU

  21. A_Boleyn says:

    Congratulations on the graduation and kudos on the generous gift of brownies. Mascarpone is a wonderful cream cheese and now that I’ve finally made cannoli with ricotta cheese, I think it’s time to FINALLY make tiramisu with mascarpone. It’s a pricey ingredient and I want to make sure that I get the biggest bang for my mascarpone buck … though your brownies aren’t a slouch in the decadent of mascarpone use department. :)

  22. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Marscapone brownies? Wow, that would make them healthy wouldn’t it?? All that calcium. They look gorgeous. I can relate to the puke-ish uniform (mine was bottle green and beige). Huge congratulations on your graduation CCU. Looking forward to hearing about life’s next big adventure.

  23. Sounds like you hit all the bases in your letter, Uru. If there were any short comings, and I certainly didn’t see any, these brownies more than make up for them. Gorgeous! Love the little pop too:)

    Congratulations to you, Uru. I’m sure you have worked really hard and now it’s time for someone to bake some brownies for YOU!!!

    Thanks for sharing…

    P.S. John does rock and so does Mrs. KR:)

  24. Congratulations on your graduation, Uru! I think it’s true that most of us look back on the individuals in our own Class with affection for most of our lifetime. Despite the differences in how we go through our school years, we share them with the same people, and there is a natural bond. You’ve expressed your thoughts well! I will have these brownies in my home within two days. I just need to buy the mascarpone! Wow! What a phenomenal recipe. You keep topping yourself. :-) ox

  25. What a sweet post and delicious loaf! CONGRATULATIONS, Uru, on graduating. Now you have the rest of your life before you. Enjoy every minute. Before you know it, it moves on far too quickly. :)

  26. kitchenriffs says:

    Very sweet sentiments. Most of us have difficulty expressing what we deeply feel. Congrats on the graduation. And wonderful brownies! So glad you adapted our recipe, and made it even better! These look sensational. Thanks for the shout out. ;-)

  27. Congratulations Uru! What a sweet farewell letter. It made me think back on my own high school days and how much I missed high school after graduation. It was weird… LOL Anyway, these brownies look incredibly decadent. Berries and mascarpone…yum!

  28. navane64 says:

    As usual I have high regards for all the desserts, cakes and sweets you bake and share. Here I see another lovely blend of mascarpone for a wonderful inviting outcome.

  29. A big hug and congratulations on graduating. Quite an accomplishment and I think the brownies are a perfect way to celebrate, the mascarpone is a great addition. They look fudgy and moist and chocolatey… now I really want one.

  30. bec {daisy and the fox} says:

    Congratulations on graduation!! :D
    and what a great way to celebrate with these brownies!!
    all round a great way to finish :)
    good luck with the last hall!

  31. Many many congratulations Uru….and so the life begins :) You don’t need me to tell you that life is a lot of fun from here on….much like a roller coaster ride. Having these out of the world mascarpone brownies is cherry….err…berry on top :D

  32. Congratulations Uru!! Any graduation has always been bittersweet for me. Sweet because of the the achievement and bitter for the fact that the class will never probably be together again as a whole.

    I love mascarpone and the brownies look out of the world.

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