Suddenly, out of the blue, at 7.30 pm, after I arrived home from work, weary and tired, Dalilah threw me a surprise:
Dalilah: Ibu, tomorrow there will a farewell event for my Ustazah. I have to bring something to school, some food...
Me: Oh no! Why didn't you tell me earlier? I can drop by and buy some chocolate wafers or something from the shop... Now I have to call Ayah, if he can manage to drop....
Dalilah: NO, NO, NO... I don't want to bring those things, everybody would bring the same things... (*with teary eyes*)
Me: Okay, what would you like to bring? Chocolate cake? I think I have enough ingredients available for a simple cake...
Dalilah: No, I am tired of chocolate cakes already. Can't you do something else?
Me: At this time of the night? Are you kidding?
Dalilah:... *eyes teary already*...
Me: Okay, let me check what can be done.... *nearly fainted*
Luckily I have enough ingredients for a recipe of Congo Bars. Though I have some walnuts in the fridge, Dalilah requested me to omit it. She does not like any kind of nuts in her cakes or cookies.
Here's the recipe:
2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup butter (I used margarine, that's the only one available)
1 lb light brown sugar (I used only 3/4 ib)
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
11.5 oz milk chocolate chip
1 cup pecans (I skipped this).
Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
Stir brown sugar and softened butter, until all butter disappears and well incorporated.
Add eggs one at a time, stir well. Add vanilla.
Add chocolate chips and nuts, mix well.
Add dry mixture ie flour, baking powder and salt.
Bake in a 13/9 inch ( I used 11 x 11 inch) pan at 170 degrees Celcius for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden. Like baking Brownies, never over bake or you will have a hard brownie!
Thanks kitchen guardian for the recipe!
Yours truly, cutting the Congo Bars, with Dalilah at the background...
All bars, nicely cut (11x11 bars)...
Ready in the container, all 42 pieces of them bars..
I wanted to put more in the container but Dalilah said 42 was enough. She's too lazy to bring back any leftovers. It turned out that the bars were a great hit that it was not enough!
I have brought the remainders to the office... serve her right!