Surely I can’t be the only person who was in shocked denial to realise that Hello Kitty is apparently not a cat. It’s true! I’m a cat lover (and always enjoy having a kitty around the house), so I was a bit disappointed to realise that Hello Kitty is actually a little girl – and clearly a blow to the cat population everywhere.
I still managed to enjoy the Hello Kitty Baking Book by Michele Chen Chock. Reminding me a bit of the Disney cookbooks I loved as a child (which allowed me to learn some of the basics of baking while indulging my love of the Disney crocodiles and castles.) This book would be particularly good for baking with kids and using Hello Kitty as a teaching tool. There are no savoury foods, the book is completely baking-based, but it contains recipe for a wide variety of desserts, including macarons, cupcakes, iced cookies, and cake pops. I will note that most of these recipes do require some fine detail in the icing, so it’s a good opportunity to use your piping skills!
This would be a great book for learning bakers (especially Hello Kitty fans), people who enjoy Hello Kitty or really anyone who wants to combine sweet and adorable in their baked goods.
Hello Kitty Brownies (from Hello Kitty Baking Book)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup hot coffee
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup plain flour
2 ounces chocolate chips
Now, the cookbook suggests baking these in a typical brownie tin, then putting a sugary kitty face on top of each brownie. Instead, since I had this cute Hello Kitty cakelet pan, I had to use them for the brownies – I loved the mini kitties!
Pour brownie batter into well-greased cakelet tins or a brownie pan.
Don’t allow this to cool too much, it’s absolutely delicious warm!