Happy Birthday TT 2012

Dear TT,

Damn dude, I wished I had seen your face when you saw your birthday present this year! But hope it was just a big a surprise in your fridge when you came home considering how hard you must have worked during the day no? 😉

I thought about using Oreos yet again in your baking this year, I mean, honestly, you are the cookie monster exclusive to Oreos b]ut I also know how indulgent you are when it comes to chocolate. It is a good thing don’t worry 😉

So this year, I decided to bring the king of chocolate into your cooking. And I think this ingredient, being the king, really reflects your personality. I mean honestly, is there anything you do badly? Let me see, let us make a list:


  • School – OUR NEW SCHOOL CAPTAIN 😀 😀 😀 😀 and yea, you do ok in studying (jokes jokes, honestly, everyone knows you are the smartest [Oreo] cookie ever!)
  • Soccer – sporty, fit and fabulous soccer player – but no, it is not better than netball and seriously TT, you know it!
  • Person – SO SO SO bubbly! You have the biggest grin and the most welcoming positive attitude, I swear, if I met you randomly in a shop or something, I would want to make you one of my best friends if you weren’t already in that position!

    Brown Butter

    Brown Butter

  • Friend – Loyal loyal loyal loyal… really there is not a much better word which I can find to describe you 🙂
  • NEW PET OWNER – A very very diligent and loving owner to three adorable little fish! Gotta love it that you have to ‘kiss’ them goodbye every time you leave your room!

And that is only the surface of your very awesome person 😀

Happy 17th Birthday TT, I don’t know exactly know much we will see each other at school because your a science nerd we have soooo many different classes but I know that we are so close, our friendship can not only take it but grow from it 😀

Lots of love ma amie (from those wonderful French lessons back in the day)

Uru xxx

P.S. I almost forgot to tell you that king ingredient! It’s Nutella ;)… and brown butter… and other things that make brownies extra chewy, indulgent and awesome in general!


Brown Butter Super Nutella Brownie Tart w/ Microwave Hazelnut Ganache
Inspired by: My Kitchen Addiction

Serves: 6-8 people


Brownie Tart

  • 140g butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups of dark chocolate chips

    only the best!

    only the best!

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Nutella (generous)
  • 1 tsp coffee essence
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (make 2 tsp if do not want coffee flavour)
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut meal (or replace with 1/4 cup plain flour)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, lightly dusted with flour


  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbs thickened cream


  • Strawberries
  • Hazelnuts, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C
  2. Grease and cocoa powder a 9-inch tart tin with removable bottom (I mean very very well considering how my brownie almost stuck to the tin forever)
  3. Brown butter over a medium heat until smells nutty and is foamy and light brown.
  4. Immediately remove from heat and gently stir in the dark chocolate chips, mixing until melted and smooth. Set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, beat the sugar, eggs, Nutella and essences until well combined and a little thickened
  6. Mix in the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture
  7. Sift in the baking powder, flour (and meal if using) into the wet mixture and fold to combine
  8. Gently mix through the white chocolate chunks.
  9. Pour mixture into tart tin and smooth the top. Place tart tin on a baking tray and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is a little cracked and a skewer inserted comes out with gooey crumbs
  10. Cool the tart completely before removing from the tin and refrigerating while making ganache
  11. For ganache: Place all ingredients in a deep microwave safe bowl and microwave on high in 20 second bursts, stirring vigourously between each one. Mine took 40 seconds.
  12. Keep stirring ready ganache till thickens at room temperature. Spread over the top of the tin (it hides all the crackles and looks gorgeous!)
  13. Decorate the cake as desired 🙂
    The Station...

    The Station…


I was a little sneaky and in prying the tart away from the tin,  simply was forced to taste the sides where the it still stuck. One word for you all… fudgy… fudgy fudgy fudgy fudgy fudgy fudgy 😀

And it tastes like a soft, smooshy jar or Nutella which has been baked. Very good stuff indeed 🙂

Enjoy TT (and to anyone reading, run and make the recipe, not even kidding you :))

Ciao all!

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  3. Happy Birthday TT! Whoever it is, you are one lucky friend of Uru!!! We are all feeling a little jealous here. 😉 Uru, such a delicious chocolate cake. You are right, what are we still doing here… go bake! huh? I want you to make for me…. =P


  4. erika says:

    Brown butter + nutella…what an amazing combination. It sounds like TT is very lucky (not just for the cake, which is a delicious bonus) to have you as a best friend!


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  6. Ramona says:

    Now that birthday dessert is a thing of beauty if I have ever seen one!! I wish I had you around to make me a such a beautiful dessert for my birthday. You are an amazingly talented baker… a wonderful friend. 🙂


  7. Nutella – can’t go wrong with that for taste! I won’t buy it because I know I would not stop eating it once I start. I have had it about twice in my life. 🙂

    This looks over-the-top amazing and I would be addicted right away! 😉


  8. Viveka says:

    What a wonderful cake … all that goodies in it too … could die for a piece now in front of the TV and with netbook in my knee. One lush piece. Uru, you bake with magic.


  9. How lucky your friend is not just to have such a thoughtful friend in you but receiving that gorgeous tart, I am all over anything chocolate and nutella is very close to my heart (and stomach). Beautiful post, and Happy B-day to TT!


  10. Jenbeans says:

    Oh that crusty, flaky brownie top….. oh you are a great great fabulous friend CCU… TT will surely power through the next few weeks fueled on that wonderful tart, another awesome post!


  11. Saskia (1=2) says:

    That is SUCH a lovely post CCU, and your friend TT is one lucky gal to have you in her life. I remember writing letters and little notes to friends when I was in year 11. Some of the letters survived and others didn’t (and one recipient of those notes is still one of my besties, after all these years, and I’m talking LOTS of years 🙂 Blog post tributes are SO wonderful, as everything you write is recorded for posterity. Thanks for a great post, and a fantastic looking cake!


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