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May 17, 2014 11:00 PM

Baking melted chocolate

Hi guys, I got these ingredients in my kitchen with no flour and wanted to try some baking.

I was wondering if I mix mashed banana, melted dark chocolate (Trader Joe's pound plus), sugar, cottage cheese, oats and egg white together to bake as a pie.

Will the melted chocolate burn the pie or will the recipe go wrong?

I wanted to used up the above ingredients and have no experience in baking, do I need to add anything or do anything else? (I don't have a blender/FP so can't blend it)

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  1. look up a recipe for flourless chocolate cake and use that format; it is dense and can be baked in a pie pan

    1. Cottage cheese seems like an utterly bizarre interloper in the list of ingredients you have listed there. I can't think of any reason why you'd want to include it as part of anything you're making with the rest of the ingredients. (unless this is just a joke post to see how many people you can "suck in") The high water content may also have strange effects on the outcome.

      But as for the rest, it's easy to see how a layered bar-like item with banana on the top and an oat-sugar-chocolate bottom would work very nicely. You could even top it with meringue to use the egg whites, if you don't want to use them as a binder (which shouldn't actually be necessary)

      You won't need to blend anything - melt the chocolate and mix in oats. If the oats are cooked with a bit of water first you can achieve a different, pudding-like texture which would complement the banana. Oats and chocolate are natural partners.

      Chocolate will burn if baked at high temperature, but if you bake at a low enough temp (which, given everything else in the mix, is the right thing to do anyway) - say 150-160 C (300-325F), all will be well as long as you don't bake it for multiple hours.

      But please do yourself a favour and use the cottage cheese for something else...

      1. @Alexrast No this is not a joke, I'm a college student who have no idea how to cook or bake. So whenever I wanna try something, I will double check it on Chowhound. Thank you for your input! :)

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          1. re: sandylc

            Just throwing stuff together and cooking it is a good way to be wasting the stuff. If your aim is using up ingredients, try this--- cottage cheese: make a salad. Or find a recipe for cheesecake that puts the cottage cheese through a blender or food processor and combines it with eggs, sugar, and grated lemon rind. Oatmeal: find a recipe for oatmeal cookies. TJ's Pound Plus: break it into squares, put them in a jar, and eat them while you are studying.

            But if it's that you are feeling an urge to cook, find a recipe online or in a cookbook and follow it. Recipes are there for a reason.

          2. re: cgxy96

            Then I hope you can afford to waste lots of ingredients because just hoping to get something successful from stuff on hand when you have no kitchen skills is a recipe for nothing but failure. You probably have a bunch of devices at your fingertips that will allow you to access online recipes, cookbooks, and video demos.

            1. re: greygarious

              I second this.

              Creating tasty (or even edible) baked goods out of the random stuff you have in your kitchen is something that generally requires years of practice cooking more standard dishes with a recipe, to build up an intuition about what works and what doesn't.

              For the ingredients above, if I were craving something sweet, I'd probably toast the oats lightly in a pan and mix with the chocolate, spreading it out at letting it cool, and then eat that as a something part way between a granola bar.

              I'd then take the cottage cheese, maybe a bit of sugar to sweeten, and mixed with diced bananas for a separate snack.

              Or, I might make oatmeal, and mix in diced bananas, a bit of sugar, and some chocolate bits for a bowl of banana-chocolate oatmeal.

              I don't think I'd do anything that included all of those ingredients.

          3. Here's an older thread with info you might find useful in the future: There are many different websites that allow you input ingredients to find a recipe. I have to agree that trying to wing it without much cooking experience is more likely to end up a waste of ingredients than a tasty end result.

            1. You might be able to make a brownie if you had a way to grind up the oats and you had some butter. Cottage cheese is of no help in your list of ingredients. And whole eggs would be better than just whites. Who ate the yolks?

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              1. re: Jpan99

                Yeah, who ate the yolks? They're the most nutritious part of the egg...