Saturday, 13 March 2010

Delicious Brownies for 2nd Blog Anniversary!



This month is full of celebrations at home. My hubby’s B’day, my son’s B’day and what else? My Blog’s second Anniversary! My blog turned two on 11th March, just a day after my hubby’s B’day. I wanted to make this a special post on 11th itself but I was all busy during these days, preparing something for my hubby’s B’day and had to go out of town to do some shopping as well. Since the major shopping malls are not near our apartment, myself and my son took a bus to the main town centre. It was his first bus ride and he thoroughly enjoyed it, me too.

I can’t just believe that I have been scribbling in here for 2 years!!I don’t know if blog was the reason, but my cooking has gone much beyond than what I thought I would be able to do. Lots and lots of experiments, trying out new ingredients that comes in everyday cooking, discovering new taste, learning new cuisine and trying to perfect each and every dish has all become part of a blogging routine. I thoroughly enjoy cooking and trying out new dishes every time. There has been many success and quite a few failures (one happened even today.) during experiments which has to be eaten (Not the failed outcome) by my poor hubby and son and sometimes friends who come over. Bless them all. Blogging can also be stressful at times, for no reason, as if we are preparing for an exam or so. Lot to think about; which recipe to blog next, what to type, how to write, how the pictures should be, it’s background and so and so, yeah, sounds like and international matter, right? I am definite that every blogger will be going through the same phase, thinking about blog matters every time apart from sleeping.



Apart from all that, blogging has gifted me a bunch of beautiful friends who has become so close to me over time. There is also a beautiful network of virtual friends who I am regular in contact with through comment section and sometimes orkut. I would like to thank each and every one including my readers for their encouragement and their appreciation through out and accepting me in the blogger’s world.

Now coming to the recipe, I have posted another recipe of brownies long back when then I promised to post brownies which uses cocoa powder. One of my readers ‘Faina’ had asked me for an easy dessert recipe and this one is for her. I found this recipe so easy to prepare; hardly took me any time. When I go for any recipes, I am always on the lookout for one that uses minimum amount of butter. I wanted to make a small batch of brownies, just to satisfy my chocolate craving. I followed a recipe from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mmm-Mmm-Better-Brownies/Detail.aspx. This was one with loads of great reviews from people. So, I made it over the weekend and took half of it to our friends place. They loved it so much that the whole stuff got over the same night. If i had kept it at home myself and my son would have finished the whole stuff by myself. We just could take our hands off the pan. I kept on pinching small bits from the corner of the brownie little by little just to realise that a huge portion has already been eaten! This time I dint add any nuts to the brownie because my son hates nuts in his cakes. You may add them if you wish. I wanted to add a bit of coffee granules in the recipe as well but remembered them only when I popped the pan into the oven!

Now,to check the doneness of the brownie, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake and you should be able to see little moist and sticky crumbs at the tip of the skewer. That is if you like your brownie to be fudgy and slightly chewy. I guess I like mine really underdone, so I might reduce the cooking time even further. The batter itself was so delicious:).



Ingredients:
½ cup plain flour
1/3 cup (5 Tbsp) Cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs (if small, use 3)
1/3 cup (50g)white chocolate, cut into chunks (optional)
1/3 cup (50g) dark chocolate, cut into chunks (optional)
½ cup (113g) butter melted
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking powder
½ Tbsp vanilla extract

Preparation:
1. Preheat an oven to 175 degrees Celsius and line a 8 inch cake tin with baking paper. Melt butter in a sauce pan, on low heat. Once completely melted, add sugar and mix well. Let it cool completely.

2. Add vanilla extract and eggs and mix thoroughly using a wire whisk, just to breakup eggs and get a homogenous mixture.

3. In a separate bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Make sure there are no lumps.

4. Add this sifted flour mixture to the egg and sugar mixture. Mix well using a spoon.

5. Add the chocolate chunks and mix well.

6. Pour this batter onto the prepared tin and bake for about 30 minutes.

Notes:
1. Make sure you don’t add eggs to hot butter and sugar mixture; else you will end up having scrambled eggs!

2. You don’t have to use an electric blender to whisk and don’t over beat after the addition of eggs.

3. While melting butter, make sure you melt at low heat. High heat can burn butter.

35 comments:

Tina said...

Congraaaaats dear...Brownie adipoli..Appo nammal ekadesham oru time il anu blog start cheythathu...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Dear,
First time here. Stumbled from Tina's blog. Congrats on turning 2. What a Hat Trick week it is for you. Three birthdays all in one week.

Love your brownies. I like all desserts that are dark and decadent. You do have some nice collection of bakes dear. I am hooked. Following you!

Swathi said...

Shab,

Congrats on 2nd blog anniversary. Brownie looks really good.

Rachana Kothari said...

Three Birthdays in a week!!! Congrats on turning 2 and birthday wishes to your hubby and son:) A total celebration time:) Loved your brownies...and i love dark chocolates:)

Aruna Manikandan said...

Congratulations on ur 2nd blog Anniversary dear!!!

Keep rocking!!
Brownies look yummy :-)

Gulmohar said...

Happy b'day to all 3 b'day babies :-) an entire week of celebration, rt..adipoli !

I liked the 1/2tbsp vanilla ext you added :-)Also I love the choco chunks in it.My family loves it like this.Brownies look so beautiful..Keep rocking Shabs !!

Sushma Mallya said...

Congraz on completing 2 years in this blogging world shabs,...brownies look beautiful and so perfect...

Nithya said...

Congrats for completing two successful years.. its really great to see so much from you. :) Keep it going buddy. You really rock. And I just hope that you say you got yet another new friend through blogging next year. ;) Have fun.. :)

nazarina said...

Time flies when one has so much fun in the kitchen! I love your delicious pictures of this really wholesome brownie.Save me one please!

kothiyavunu said...

Congrats shabs..Delicious way to celebrate blog anniversary...Brownie looks awesome and tempting.Keep rocking!!

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Shabs
Congratulations on completing 2 years and many happy returns of the day also many happy returns of 10th march and your son's bday.
I thoroughly enjoyed the wrting including the bus ride part.
Ya blogging is pretty stress full so also every thing that we do for others..but end of the day , the stress is worth it.
The recipe is very nice specially your superb descriptions point by point with notes and cautions.
have a nice sunday

Anonymous said...

hey shabs..congrats on ur blog's 2nd anniversary..
Zeb

FoodLovers said...

congrats on turning 2 Shabs ...
brownies looks delicious

Ms.Chitchat said...

Birthday wishes to ur family members and special wishes to u on ur blog ann. Brownies are too good and tempting too. Loved ur write-up and very true facts.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Congrats..........nice way to celebrate.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Congrats! Those Brownies look terrific!

Cheers,

Rosa

Parita said...

Happy second anniversary dear!! Those brownies look amazing!!

Sarah Naveen said...

bealted birthday wishes to ur Hubby , ur son and ur bloggy babe....
Brownies looks so perfect and yummy!!

saju said...

congratualtions dear..happy bloganniversary..ini monte b'daykum special vende...

ARUNA said...

congrats and those r delicious brownies.

Padhu said...

Congrats on completing 2 years Brownies looks fabulous!

Neetz said...

adipoli...looks so creamy and yummy..i will definitely try this :) Found your blog thru another blogger :)... u got an awesome blog...:)..do drop by my blog when u get time http://neetzkitchen.blogspot.com/

Following u :)

Aparna said...

Congragulations & Belated wishes dear..apt for celebration

Hari Chandana said...

Happy second anniversary.. first time her.. nice blog.. :)

Smitha said...

Hey shaby,
So good to hear from u. It's been so long. Pinne, b'day wishes to ur hubby, son and congrtas on the blogiversary.My b'day was on 9th. So, that's one more to ur list ;)
Pinne, i need to find time to go thru ur posts.Just thought I'll stop by nad say HI. The pics here look great. Adipoli brownies.

Jessica {The Novice Chef} said...

I just came across your blog and I am so glad I did! This looks fabulous!

Aysha said...

Congrats yaar...d brownies look so delicious!!!!

Yasmeen said...

Congrats Shabs :D.What yum brownies :D

s said...

congrats ...and I must say these delicious brownies have made my day!! they look store brought,,

Shabs.. said...

Thanks to all of you soo sooo much for stopping by and the wishes....

meeso said...

Happy Anniversary! Congratulations! You have a wonderful blog :)

PranisKitchen said...

congrats on your anniversary.
first time here u have a wonderful space..will be arround

Supriya Nair said...

Love these delights :)

Nags said...

i can't believe you've been around 2 years and i never once chanced upon your blog! :)

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