Category Archives: brownies

A blonde moment!

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Speaking of brownies, in case the last post was too chocolatey for you (:o), here is a milder version ….  Blonde brownies …. Tastes equally delicious, and takes far less time to put together than washing the dishes!

Blonde Brownies

Blonde Brownies

The original recipe belongs to Inspired Taste (am in love with that website). However, I have re-written the recipe (in my own words) based on the exact ingredients I used.

Ingredients:
Unsalted butter (melted): 113 grams
Light brown sugar (packed): 1 cup
Eggs (large):
Vanilla Essence: 1 and 1/2 tsp
Almond Essence: 1/2 tsp
Semi-sweet chocolate chips: 1/2 cup
All Purpose Flour (sifted): 1 cup Read the rest of this entry

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THE perfect brownies!

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It’s very hard to discover the perfect brownie recipe that meets all needs … Not anymore! Came across a very simple yet interesting recipe for chewy brownies on the Inspired Taste website the other day and could not wait to give it a try …

The only choice you need to make is how sweet you’d like them to be. If you’re a fan of dark chocolate then simply go for the unsweetened cocoa powder (as the original recipe involves) … But if you’re more of a milk chocolate fan (like myself) then use the cadbury cocoa powder to get rid of the slightly bitter taste cocoa powder involves. The rest of the ingredients are pretty basic …

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Chewy brownies from scratch

The original recipe belongs to Inspired Taste but I have tweaked it slightly and re-written in my own way …

Ingredients:
Unsalted butter (at room temperature): 145g
Caster Sugar: 1 & 1/2 cup
Cadbury Cocoa Powder: 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp
Eggs (large): 2
All Purpose Flour: 1/2 cup Read the rest of this entry

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!

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

‘Lets say goodbye to winter’ weekend

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It’s that time of the week in Dubai when no matter how the entire day has been, everyone will be in a good mood for the next 15 mins as the countdown to weekend begins! Plans for the weekend are probably being exchanged at work, and some of us must even be secretly logged in to Facebook 😀 … Am sure there must be a lot of bbq plans this weekend too, to make the most of whatever is left of winter here. If so, then I have the perfect dessert you can bake and take along with you… Toffee Bars! This is an extremely simple dessert which has a brown sugar shortbread as the base (which gives the toffee effect), and topped off by mouthwatering chocolate and chopped nuts! The best part is it only involves a few ingredients and is quick to assemble! I personally love such desserts that are simple to bake but the final result makes it look like you’ve been at it for hours … but ssshhhh, i won’t tell anyone if you don’t wink emoticon …. While I go and make someone’s weekend very special by delivering these box of goodies, make sure you have a fantastic one yourselves! smile emoticon But wait … note down the recipe first, but only after you have drooled over the pic a bit .. haha!

Toffee Bars

Toffee Bars

Makes approximately 16 squares

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 1 cup
Light Brown Sugar: 1/2 cup
Unsalted Butter: 113 grams
Chocolate Chips (semi sweet): 1 and 1/2 cup
Chopped Nuts: 1/2 cup Read the rest of this entry

This dessert should be called ‘Ohh Emm Gee Brownies’

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OMG … These brownies are to die-for!! Now that, that’s out of the way, lets start from the beginning .. lol 🙂 Today, you’re going to get two heavenly desserts combined into one … Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies! Drooling yet? As the name suggests, the recipe involves two separate batters .. one for the choc chip cookie dough and the other for the brownies … Therefore, the best way to work with it is to work on one batter from scratch, while opting for a readymade mix for the other …  Whichever way you want to do it is entirely your choice, but I chose to make the choc chip cookie dough myself and use the Duncan Hines brownie mix for the other batter …  I did make one mistake along the way though … I realised the brownie pan was too small AFTER pouring the batter, so I had to transfer it into another pan which resulted in the two batters combining a bit too much and effecting the final look … although the two batters are meant to be mixed, but the cookie dough should also show on top at the time of going into the oven (as shown in the pic) … lesson learnt! As far as the taste is concerned, it was simply irresistible … the two go so well together and the choc chips added in between are just a bonus! Make sure you let the brownies cool in the tin completely before cutting into squares …. Good luck! 🙂

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Ingredients for the Cookie Dough:
Vegetable Oil: 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar: 1 cup
Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp
Bicarbonate Soda: 1 tsp
Eggs: 1
Corn Flour: 1 tbsp
Flour: 1 1/4 cup
Chocolate Chips: 1 cup Read the rest of this entry

Time to beat the Monday Blues!

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I was just flicking through the Ready Steady Bake section of The Bakealogue yesterday and couldn’t believe there was not a single recipe of brownies in there! Am I complaining about my own blog? LOL … well it is shocking considering how much I love them … anyways so today seemed like the perfect opportunity to not just bake them but also demonstrate the Brownie baking tray that caused a storm in the world of baking last year as it really was that amazing! First things first, the brownies I baked are Fudge Nut Brownies … if you’re not a fan of walnuts then you can leave that out entirely but I love the combination as it does help to balance out the sweet flavour. Now coming back to the baking tray, the only thing I’ve always hated about baking brownies is cutting them in equal pieces as it can really effect the overall presentation of the dish. But thanks to this tray, it also comes with a slicer so all you really have to do is pour the batter and insert the slicer before the brownies go into the oven, and that’s it … they come out baked in equal sizes, saving one from the headache later. It also has a wire rack to cool the brownies on before you attempt to remove the slicer. So if you do bake a lot of brownies, then I would seriously suggest you head out to the nearest baking store and purchase one. Oh, and it also has a recipe book in there with different brownie recipes. I’ve obviously just remembered this, otherwise would have baked a recipe out of that … oh well, it is only Monday, so I can be excused for the confusion! 😀 ….

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Recipe for Fudge Nut Brownies:

Makes 24 brownies

Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour: 1 and 1/3 cup
Caster Sugar: 1 and 1/2 cup
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Cocoa Powder: 3/4 cups
Walnuts (chopped): 1/2 cup
Eggs (at room temperature): 4
Vegetable Oil: 2/3 cup
Vanilla Essence: 2 tsp

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