Cheesecake Brownies

I wanted chocolate. I still want chocolate. Hmmmm…Recipe taken from here.


  • 10 TBSP unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup + 2 TBSP flour
  • 1/4 cup coca powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs


1) Preheat the oven to 350F/175C.

2) Rub butter in an 8 inch pan.

3) Line the bottom and 2 sides with baking paper.

4) Rub again with butter.

5) In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.

6) Melt and mix the (8 oz) butter and chocolate in a double broiler, or bowl over a pot of boiling water.

7) Remove from the heat.

8) Add 1 cup of the sugar and mix.

9) Add 3 of the eggs and mix.

10) Add the flour mixture and mix until moist.

11) Mix the cream cheese and 2 oz butter until smooth.

12) Add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, egg, and flour.

13) Spoon the chocolate mixture and cream cheese mixture alternately into the pan.

14) Swirl with a knife.

15) Bake 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. The cream cheese on top should be golden.

16) Cool for 30 minutes in the pan.

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Quick and Simple Brownies

After coming back from a 2 day vacation with a 6 hour flight there and back, all I wanted was brownies. I won’t get good ones in Korea without making them myself.


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla/rum
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


1) Preheat the oven to 350F/170C or toaster oven to 130C.

2) Mix all the ingredients together, in the above order.

3) Pour into baking tins.

4) Bake for 15-20 minutes.

5) Allow to cool a bit before serving.

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Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies

From the name I thought it was going to be cooked in a skillet, but weekend plans change and this worked out better. Cookies made in tins in a toaster oven!

Recipe taken from here.


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla/rum
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips


1) Heat the oven to 375F/170C or toaster oven to 140C.

2) Stir the butter in a large bowl to make it creamy.

3) Add the sugars and mix until combined.

4) Add the vanilla and egg and mix until combined.

5) Add half the flour and mix until combined.

6) Add the rest of the flour, salt and baking soda and mix until combined.

7) Add the chocolate chips and mix.

8) Press into baking tins and bake for 15 minutes, until the top is starting to brown.

9) Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Peanut Butter Granola Bar

I tried two different granola bars for this hiking weekend as I was in charge of the plans! Here’s the other one. This recipe was taken from here.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups oats
  • 1 cup chopped pretzels
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips


1) Mix the butter, brown sugar, honey, peanut butter and vanilla in a  pot until it is smooth and consistent in color.

2) Mix the oats and pretzels in a large bowl.

3) Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oats and mix.

4) Pour into baking tins and top with chocolate chips.

5) Place in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours.

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Standard Granola Bars Take 2

I tried this recipe before, but here was a second take. When I tried before, I said I would try making them more non-toaster-oven-friendly. Well, I did it! All you have to do is add olive oil to the pan, add the oats and nuts and toss occasionally until they are toasted.

I also used maple syrup instead of honey and it came out fine.

I also used less chocolate (about 1/4 cup instead of 1 cup) and they were still great and held together fine.

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Granola Bars

I’m into hiking (i.e.: all my hikes here) This past weekend I went on my longest hike (30 kilometers) and climbed the third highest mountain in Korea (Daechongbong Peak, 1,708 meters tall–some sites I’ve looked on say other mountains, but in the park it said it was the 3rd highest) and the highest mountain I’ve ever hiked.

I knew I needed to make some good sharing food–because that’s what hiking is all about in Korea: sharing your food–that was also energy food and brought PBJ, oranges, boiled eggs and these homemade granola bars. I kinda followed this recipe as an outline, but, even as they say, you can put anything you want into a granola bar!

I’m sure you can make these by toasting the oats in a pan, which is what I will try next time to make it more non-oven-house friendly!

The honey can be replaced with maple syrup to make them vegan as well.


  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts: I used walnuts, almonds and cashews
  • olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Bacardi 151 (I’m out of vanilla, and you can replace it with dark rum, or other dark liquors and Bacardi 151 was the easiest to get and I love the flavor it adds)
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit: I used raisins, cranberries (chopped) and apricots (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup-1 cup chocolate chips


1) Preheat the oven to 350F/170C or toaster oven to 130C.

2) Mix the oats and nuts.

3) Place foil on the baking tray and rub olive oil on it (or spray if you can).

4) Add the oats and nuts and bake until starting to brown (I had to do this in two batches). Should take about 10 minutes and you should stir halfway though.

5) Pour into a bowl and allow to cool.

6) Add the honey, butter, light brown sugar, rum/vanilla and salt to a pot and cook on medium heat until the sugar and salt has dissolved. I brought mine to a boil to get a bit of the alcohol out.

7) Add the honey mixture to the oats and mix.

8) Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.

9) Add the dried fruit and chocolate chips and mix.

10) Press into baking tins and place int he refrigerator for 2-8 hours. I wrapped them in tin foil before heading out into the heat.Ratatouille Egg Sandwich AND Chocolate Granola 012



PB and Nutella Cookies

I looked at bunch of different recipes because I wanted to make peanut butter cookies, but something with chocolate chips, and something with oats because I have too much…nutella would be nice too. Until I realized I didn’t have much peanut butter or nutella…These were for pot luck.


  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla/rum
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup nutella
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


1) Preheat the oven to 350F/170C or toaster oven to 140C.

2) Mix the sugars and butter.

3) Add the egg and vanilla.

4) Add the peanut butter and nutella.

5) Add the flour, baking soda, salt and oats.

6) Add the chocolate chips.

7) Make into balls about 1 TBSP big and place on tin foil.

8) Bake for 10-15 minutes or until you can see that the bottoms are browning a bit.

9) Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin foil.

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