So that’s what the whole fuss was about!

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Calling out to all Nutella fans out there .. this one’s for you! This recipe has been doing rounds on facebook for quite a while now, so decided to bake these myself to see what the fuss was all about. Although the original recipe asked for a lot more Nutella, I just couldn’t get myself to add so much and decided to reduce the quantity (as stated below). And i’m pretty glad I did as the amount of sweet felt just right and incredibly chewy.

3-ingredient Nutella Brownies

A few pointers to remember while baking these:

  • These brownies don’t rise much so use a small pan if possible. I used an 8×8″ square pan.
  • Baking time is somewhere between 20-25 mins at 180 degrees Celsius. But keep an eye on it, and do not overbake as they will turn out quite dry. If a skewer inserted in the centre of the brownie comes out clean, then they are ready!

More few ingredients recipes coming up next week …..

Until then, have a great weekend everyone!

Staying Up-to-date! :p

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Dates & Walnut Bread … this is a recipe I have been waiting to try out for quite some time now. But figured the best time to try it out would be after Ramadan ends as most of us are left clueless about what to do with all the leftover dates! Well now you can try this wonderfully moist and flavoursome bread too and make sure nothing goes to waste :) … Hope all of you are having a great summer! More from me soon …

Date & Walnut Bread

Ingredients: 

All Purpose Flour: 2 cups
Light Brown Sugar: 1/2 cup
Unsalted Butter (cold and cubed): 113 grams
Baking Powder: 1 and 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda: 1/2 tsp
Dates (pitted and coarsely chopped): 1 and 1/2 cup
Walnuts (roasted and coarsely chopped): 1/2 cup
Egg: 1 (large)
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp Read the rest of this entry

Pizza with a twist!

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Pizza on Pita bread anyone? The perfect way to make pizza in just 5 minutes! All you need is good quality pita bread, toppings of your choice and cheese to top it up! Then it’s just a few minutes wait until the cheese melts in the oven (or even grill pan) … and you have a delicious pizza good to go! :)

Pizza on Pita Bread

Pizza on Pita Bread

An apple a day …..

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Just finished having iftar in Dubai a while back, and though posting a recipe on Facebook right after is the last thing on my mind, but this scrumptious baked Apple Crumble dessert deserved a special mention! So if you’re looking for an alternative to fruit salad, then you should definitely try this out … Gotta scoot now, as my chai (tea) awaits! :D…

ps: found the original recipe on a site called ‘Cook n Share’ but I have tweaked it a little bit to suit my own taste ….

Baked Apple Crumble

Serving: 2
Ingredients for the apple mixture:
Green Apples (cored, peeled and cut into small cubes)
Water: 2 tbsp
Light brown sugar: 1/4 cup
Cinnamon powder: 1/2 tsp

Ingredients for the crumble:
Oats: 1/4 cup
All Purpose Flour: 1/4 cup
Light brown sugar: 1/4 cup
Unsalted butter (cubed): 2 tbsp
Cinnamon Powder: 1/2 tsp

Method:
In a saucepan, add the green apples (peeled,cored and cubed), light brown sugar, water, and cinnamon powder. Let it cook on low heat until the apples have softened a little bit.
While the apples are cooking, in a bowl, combine the oats, all purpose flour, light brown sugar, and cinnamon powder and mix. Add the unsalted butter (cubed) at the end and continue to mix until it starts to crumble up.
Add the cooked apples to the ramekin and top it up with the crumble mixture.
Bake in your pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 10 minutes, or until it is light golden brown in colour.

Enjoy!

Dessert that makes you go ‘Mmmmm’

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It’s Ramadan time in Dubai … so Ramadan Kareem to everyone celebrating this blessed month! I know I’m just a tad late in wishing, but figured I’d post something a few days later as that’s when most of us are tired of the samosa and pakora’s and looking for something new to try out for Iftar!

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So today I have for you an unusual but refreshing dessert .. Baked Yogurt Pudding! I first came across this dessert at a restaurant a few months ago, and was surprised by how good it tasted. So decided to try it out myself today. All you need are 3-4 ingredients and ramekins to prepare this one. Gotta love such simple recipes …. Ready?

Ingredients:
Greek Yogurt: 1 cup
Condensed Milk: 1/2 cup
Cream: 3/4 cup (the recipe did say full fat milk can be used instead, but I tried it with cream though).
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp

Method:
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
In a bowl, combine all the above ingredients until mixed.
Pour equally into ramekins and bake in your pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for approximately 10 mins or until set. Ps: the yogurt will set further as it cools down.
Garnish with chopped nuts.

Best serve chilled and in small portions!

Does it sing a song? :D

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Just finished baking this music-themed birthday cake for a friend’s daughter who turns 11. The instructions from the birthday girl were simple .. “I don’t want a girly cake!” .. :D … Well, hope this is grown up enough for you Hiba! As for whether it sings a song? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see ;) … Ahh, I love birthdays!

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It’s baking hot in Dubai!

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It’s baking hot in Dubai these days thanks to the fast-approaching summer! So I knew my next venture had to be ice-cream related. And when I think ice-cream I automatically think brownies … So today seemed like the perfect time to put to test an interesting brownie cups idea I came across on Pinterest a few days ago … Therefore, today I have for you ‘Ice-cream in Brownie Cups’. I promise this isn’t as tricky as I thought it would be, so don’t be afraid to try it out. The trick is to form the cup shape as soon as the brownies are out of the oven and still warm. There was a point where I thought I screwed up as the brownies seemed to be stuck to the muffin tray.(although I had greased it quite well). But running a butterknife around the edges of the brownie cups seemed to do the trick and they came out of the tray quite easily after that.

Ice Cream in Brownie Cups

Ice Cream in Brownie Cups

I always say baking is easy, but taking pics of it is an entirely different story. Dealing with ice cream today made it even harder as I had to be real quick in getting the lighting and arrangement right. So the ice-cream scoop may not seem as perfectly rounded as it was when I brought it out in the lounge, but oh well, you get the idea! Time to go have one now before it turns into milkshake … hmmmm, now there’s another idea! I wonder if blending it with milk would end up tasting like the amazing ‘black forest’ milkshake at Johnny Rockets! I’ll leave that thought for a future failed baking experiement. In the meantime, here’s the recipe for todays brownies:  Read the rest of this entry