Double Chocolate Brownie - Baking Lesson for A Teenager

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Double chocolate brownies

Double chocolate brownies

I had the privilege of having my teenage friend, YuE, over for a baking lesson recently. Her parents are very good friends to us. I knew them about 5 years ago when they moved from another town and came to church. Looking back, I am very proud to say that YuE has not only grown in height but she has also grown much in character. 5 years ago, I would look at her and wonder but today I am very proud of her. She is a completely changed girl.

Sometimes when I visit her family, I see her helping her mom in the kitchen and she would also greet us and talk to us, very different from what she was before. After summer, she would be going into university to study medicine. Just awesome. Her parents are very proud of her. I am, too!

YuE had never shown interest in cooking or baking, as far as I know. But lately she showed some interest. My emphasis to all young people, especially girls, is that they need to learn some basic cooking and baking, EVEN IF they work in future. It’s important for the family as home-cooked meals are always cheaper and healthier.

It was one day, recently, YuE told me that she wanted to make something for the church. I was really excited to hear that. A real surprise to me. SO happy! Seeing her sudden enthusiasm, I invited her over to my house for a baking lesson. The easiest cake is the brownie….just melt, mix and bake. I believe anyone can handle that. We sure had much fun making the double chocolate brownie. It came out superb….so moist, chocolatey and delicious….mmmm. YuE liked it very much.

Here’s the Double Chocolate Brownie recipe:

Ingredients A
400g dark chocolate (break into smaller pieces)
250g butter

melting the butter and chocolate

melting the butter and chocolate

Melt Ingredients A in a pot under low fire.

Ingredients B
1C sugar
4 eggs
1t vanilla essence
2T strong coffee

Beat Ingredients B together.

Ingredients C
2/3C flour
1t baking powder

Ingredients D
150g white chocolate (chopped)
100g dark chocolate (chopped)

Add mixture A to mixture B. Fold in Ingredients C. Add Ingredients D. Mix well. Pour into a shallow baking tin.

leveling the cake batter

leveling the cake batter

Level the surface of the cake batter and put into a preheated oven of 180 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes. Test it with a skewer. A skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean. Do not over bake otherwise the cake will not be moist and delicious.

Well done, YuE!! Keep Baking Keep Smiling!

well baked double chocolate brownie

well baked double chocolate brownie

Seeing her eagerness to learn, I bought her a cake cookbook. She was very happy and told me she would try out some recipes from it after she comes back from her holiday. I just can’t wait for that….*big smile*.

Fabulous Chinese dinner

Fabulous Chinese dinner

That very weekend, her parents invited us to her house for dinner. Totally enjoyed it. We had great fun talking, chatting and laughing. The food was just fabulous! Pure Chinese food….mmmm. I have to learn how to cook them.

Eden, the young baker

Eden, the young baker

Well, YuE is not the only one who is eager to learn how to bake and cook. Another teenage friend of mine, Eden, has been a great inspiration to me. Eden is only 14 years old. While the parents (also close family friends) are busy, Eden took over the kitchen sometimes. She started trying out some very simple food early. But soon she progressed to baking. These days she bakes beautiful cakes and biscuits. We are very privileged to enjoy them often. She puts beautiful icing on her cakes. That puts me to shame because I rarely put icing on my cakes. I’m just bad in that. Lack of patience is another main reason….*wink*. Look at the beautiful cakes made by Eden recently.

Birthday cake by Eden

Birthday cake by Eden

Easter cake by Eden

Easter cake by Eden

Mother's Day cake by Eden

Mother's Day cake by Eden

If a 14 year old can bake, I’m sure any adult can bake. I’m going to learn how to put nice icing on my cake…inspired by Eden!

Eden is not only good in baking. She is very good in piano, too. The main reason is that she never gives up. She keeps practising even though some pieces are not as interesting. She got distinction in her Grade 5 and has just sat for her Grade 6 piano exam. While many teenagers gave up too soon, Eden is persistent and consistent. I’m sure she will go very far in piano. I am very proud of her. She is just amazing!

I must say that kids and teenagers have never failed to amaze me, especially if they are given the chance and proper guidance from their parents and loved ones. I remember bringing my friends’ kids, including my girls when they were young, to the supermarket to do shopping and taught them how to choose onions, fruits, vegetables etc. They learn very quickly. Usually after a couple of trips, I can happily pass them my shopping list and enjoy watching them dashing through the aisles picking up the items! High 5 and BIG smiles!!!

I also taught them how to make simple cakes. It’s always very heart warming and encouraging for me because they learn so quickly. And while excitedly waiting for the cake to be baked, it’s perfect time to sit down with them for a good chat about life…their problems, disappointments and achievements. ┬áNothing is better than listening to them, loving them, correcting them and encouraging them on. They will rise up to achieve more when they know we are there to support them, love them and believe in them.

I really hope that you enjoy your time with kids and teens, whether they are your own ones, nieces and nephews or friends’ children. You can get them involved in cooking and baking, sports, craftwork, music, woodwork, art, outdoors or other creative activities. I know many of you have been doing it. High 5 to you!!

Most important of all, I hope you have fun in what you love to do. As for me, I’m heading off to my kitchen to enjoy my cooking and baking…..*big smiles*.

Keep Smiling!

Keep Smiling!

I just love Remy from Ratatouille. If you love to learn how to cook and bake like me, watch this lovely cartoon show. You will smile like him everyday and make other people smile, too!….*grin*

Other chocolate cake recipes that you may be interested in:
My Best Chewy Brownies For Friends
Best Layered Chocolate Cheese Cake
Cheesecake Brownie
Chocolate Yoghurt Cake
Zebra Chocolate Butter Cake
Chocolate Crinkle Brownie Cookies
Double Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate Coconut Slice
Chocolate Shortbread Slice

Quotes of the day……

“Replace the word ‘problem’ with the word ‘opportunity’ in all your thought.”

- Matthew Keith Groves

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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somewhere in singapore  on June 28th, 2011

I go find u, u teach me, kakaka…

LeQuan  on June 28th, 2011

Yes! I beat Joyce. Lol.
You are so inspiring, Mary. I’ll keep saying it again and again. I love that you are so eager to pass on your knowledge. Everybody needs a little help and encouragement sometimes and you’re such a natural at doing that. Best of all, I can see you take such pride in passing it on. What you’ve taught them is not just a simple recipe, but the beginnings of many recipes to come.

Eden’s cakes are beautiful. She puts me to shame! I’m lucky if I remember to turn on the oven. I’ve got so much to learn from you about dealing with children and teenagers. Bravo to both YuE and Eden! They really do put my baking skills to shame.

Lastly, those brownies are killing me right now. I WANT SOME!

anncoo  on June 28th, 2011

I always like to encourage teenagers to bake too. Both YuE and Eden are amazing, I feel so proud of them :)

santosh  on June 28th, 2011


Priya  on June 28th, 2011

Woww brownies looks incredible and seriously addictive..

Belinda @zomppa  on June 28th, 2011

What a lovely young woman!! And fantastic brownies!

kristy  on June 28th, 2011

I think the youngsters must be having so much fun… not just baking but team work, chit chat and listening to the elderly blah blah blah… hahaha… I think they need lots of patience too. :o) Hope you’re having a great day too.
Blessings, Kristy

kristy  on June 28th, 2011

Oh Btw, I have tried this recipe. I love it very much. It’s so moist & fluffy.

penny aka jeroxie  on June 28th, 2011

So good to see young teenagers learning how to cook and bake. :)

Faith  on June 28th, 2011

YuE sounds so sweet, and how fun to give her baking lessons! Your brownies look perfectly moist and fudgy, Mary…delicious!

Barbara  on June 28th, 2011

YuE’s brownies turned out perfectly. Bet she was proud.
And the other young chef, Eden, is doing great too.
Sweet of you to encourage young cooks, Mary!

rebecca  on June 28th, 2011

sweet post and great brownies what a great role model you are

Lisa H.  on June 28th, 2011

Nice to see youngters in the kitchen… at least moms like us know that they will survive out on their own :D
ooohhh… I definitely cannot bake and decorate cakes beautifully like Eden…

Anna Johnston  on June 28th, 2011

Yummy! Any leftovers? Your brownies look amazing. Good on you lovely for working with the youngsters, we should be teaching our children to cook, it is such a valuable life skill.
Gosh the brownie looks good. Cant wait to try. :)

Swathi  on June 28th, 2011


You are getting wonderful young cooks who bakes really treats. Love to taste that chocolate brownie if I can.

Blackswan  on June 28th, 2011

Mary, u must be pretty busy as I’ve not seen u at my blog for a while. Hope I haven’t lost u. Hahaha!

Wow, what a double treat! When are u taking me as your student? Heeheehee!

TasteHongKong  on June 29th, 2011

Mary, attached with your recipes, I see you are passing on your passions for inspiring others to cook, … and to smile too : ).

Yummy bakes  on June 29th, 2011

Mary, do you want to consider teaching me too? How are you?

Christine's Recipes  on June 29th, 2011

Mary, you spread the smile, share the food with the passion of baking. Beautiful!

kitchen flavours  on June 29th, 2011

Mary, the one thing that I admire about you the most, is your patience! Those who has crossed your path, are really lucky to have such a nice friend! And I think that YuE is really inspired by you! Eden is really talented, she makes lovely cakes, a pastry chef in the making! Have a lovely day!

divya  on June 29th, 2011

Slurppp..Looks tempting & mouth watering.

lena  on July 1st, 2011

Mary, you have got a big heart and always so kind and helpful to everyone! Everyone would love to be around you too!

Joyce T  on July 2nd, 2011

Haha! Again, will not give up Le! seems like i miss this post!! Aunty Mary…love this post…Yue is good! The Brownie looks so so so yummy n perfect! Well done to her! n also Eden! Her cakes are so pretty…oh wow…i must start learning n baking! Aunty Mary…u should have that tv show…”Dining With Mary Moh” hahahaha..

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