Thursday, July 24, 2014

Its A Brownie Affair

Well Desserts are my weakness, I love all sorts of stuff in desserts be it Bengali Sweets, Cakes, Ice creams, Soufflé, Cheesecakes, etc.... but I am little partial towards brownies.
I love sweets but nothing very sweet, brownies fit in perfectly in this category. I have had maximum brownies in my life with my bestie Vits. Mocha latte and brownies was like our fixed thing in most of our outings, we have spent so much time and money in Coffee Shops, I guess they need to reward us back too for our loyalty, lol. I remember once Vits, Nits and me had made Brownies together too at midnight, you know how crazy we girls can be ;)
Vits and Me

Brownies are like the simplest thing to make and fun too. All you need to be careful about is the proportions of the ingredients. The best part about Brownies is that you can do so much with them, have it just like that or warm brownies with hot coffee or hot chocolate, specially in rainy season and winters is simple amazing. I also like to have it with ice cream, chocolate sauce and nuts and make it like a brownie sundae or in a little different style, some thing like shown in the picture below :
Delightful Medley - My Magic Potion

To make this Delightful Medley, take a glass, add small squares of brownies, then add ice cream on top of it, swirl in some chocolate sauce, again add brownie squares, followed by ice cream and chocolate sauce then add raspberry jelly, more small brownie cubes, little more chocolate sauce and then garnish it with chocolate curls, nuts and as you can see in the picture some colorful gems :)
Yes you read it right, I really meant jelly, my bro argued its odd, its out of convention but I have never really believed in fitting into conventions, my food combos can be little whacky at times but trust me I have hardly ever come across anyone being disappointed with the combos, they are sinful ;)

Now lets have a look at the Brownie Sundae -

Brownie Sundae
Brownie Sundaes are really a simple arrangement of Brownies, Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce, Nuts and in my case I have added Dark Chocolate Curls too. Simple things give great pleasure! I have put vanilla ice cream, you can add any other flavor of your choice.

And now its The Real Stuff - Sinful Brownie

Sinful Brownie
Recipe of Sinful Brownie


50 gms Walnuts for garnishing and broken into pieces to add in the brownie mix

1 cup powdered sugar
200 gms Dark Chocolate - 100 gms for putting in brownie mix and 100 gms for making chocolate sauce
100 gms butter
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp strawberry jam
1 tbsp peanut butter
3/4 cups cocoa powder
1/2 to 1 cup milk
1 1/2 cup curd
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3-4 tbsp icing sugar


 In a bowl add butter, sugar, curd, vanilla essence and beat well. Then add jam, peanut butter and melted dark chocolate and beat well, add flour, cocoa powder and baking powder, mix and fold in well, add milk, and walnuts and mix well. Beat it into a smooth batter and pour the mixture in a greased square tin. Grease the tin with butter and sprinkle some flour on it and tap it on the table so that the flour spreads evenly, this well make the brownie come out smoothly after baked. Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees C before putting in the mixture. Then bake it for 20 -25 minutes, keep a tab on it, when you feel its done, check by putting in a knife. If the knife comes out clean, your brownie is ready, if it is not then wait till its done. Remove from the oven when ready and let it cool, then dress it up with the icing and decorate with walnuts. Let it the icing set, then cut into squares. To make the icing melt the chocolate in a double boiler and add icing sugar, mix it well and spread it on the brownie. Sprinkle some icing sugar, it gives a nice effect.

To make chocolate sauce, melt it in a double boiler and add some water and make it into a smooth sauce.

For Sundaes you need ice cream and broken cashew nuts, there are many options for toppings, you can use as per your liking.

To make jelly, you need to get a jelly mix, boil hot water, dissolve the mix and transfer it into a mould and let it set. The ratio of water depends on the mix and how much you want to make. Its normally mentioned on the packet.

Hope you like the above recipe and give me some brownie points. Enjoy ;)

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