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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mocha Brownies

It's brownie time folks! 

As the years go by I realise that I am better at baking than anything else. And I am definitely better at clicking food pics and writing posts than actually cooking. The whole idea of cleaning, cutting & cooking and then doing a mountain of dishes is no longer appealing to me (it never ever appealed to me) what with two bawling babies - well, the older one is 5 now and has thrust a fresh set of challenges in front of me.



Poor eating habits that drive me up the wall coupled with an actual baby who is slowly displaying her true characteristics - well, err, the naughtier side of an erstwhile very quiet baby doll. So yes, something that is definitely calming for their poor mom is her tryst with baking. 


I was baking brownies after a long time and I quite enjoyed baking these babies. Brownies with a hint of coffee made them so wonderfully delicious and homely - I totally love the aroma of coffee and these brownies filled my kitchen and my entire house with the heady aroma of freshly brewed coffee - even the next day!


Something as rich in taste as the brownie always calls for a simple accompaniment - a glass of milk. For the next two days I only had a glass of milk during tea time instead of my usual cuppa - you can't possibly have a mug of coffee with these brownies - it would be just too much - but again this is just my opinion. But why two days you may ask! Well, the mister was travelling and I had lots of time to kill. Well, not really. I just had the baker's itch - you know that feeling when its post lunch and you are browsing through a really good book on cakes & bakes and you want to jump out of your bed (or wherever you are sitting) to go make these? That's what I call the baker's itch. 


I know who else is having the baker's itch - a reader turned friend Usha! - So dearie, I hope you get to make these soon for your babies and enjoy them too. However, since it contains a wee bit of coffee - please use your discretion as to whether you want to serve them to your kids


Mocha brownies can lift a boring glass of milk! Go make them today!


About the brownies
Enough said already. Go make them!

Mocha Brownies
Prep time: 10 mins | Bake time: 30mins | Servings 12

Ingredients:
  • 55grams/2 oz unsalted butter (at room temperature) plus extra for greasing
  • 115grams/ 4 oz plain chocolate roughly chopped
  • 175grams/6 oz brown sugar (I used dark muscovado)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder (I used Nescafe) dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water and cooled
  • 85grams plain flour (maida)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 55 grams/2 oz roughly chopped walnuts or pecans
Method:
1. Grease and line a 7 or 8" (20cms) square cake tin with baking parchment. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C/ 350 degrees F.
2. In a double boiler (see notes) melt the chopped chocolate & butter. Keep aside to cool.
3. In a large bowl cream the sugar & eggs together until light & fluffy. Fold in the chocolate & butter mixture and the cooled coffee and blend well till everything is mixed. Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture. Toss in the chopped nuts & fold gently. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 25-30 mins or till the skewer inserted comes out clean.
4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, turn the cake over onto a wire mesh/rack and peel off the baking paper.
5. Cool completely, cut into squares & serve.

Recipe adapted from: Everyday Muffins & Bakes

8 comments:

  1. Brownies look simply awesome. Excellent preparation.
    Deepa

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  2. Love coffee and am really craving for some of these brownies now..

    ReplyDelete
  3. looks really delicious... craving for some now...

    ReplyDelete
  4. Am craving for some brownies, that too with coffee, who can resist to it.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi Shireen,
    First time in your yummlicious page. A fellow Mangi and a blogger too. Loved your recipes. Specially the kottige..reminded me of my granny. Thanks for sharing such a great page.
    Cheers,
    Chetana

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Chetana, thanks a ton for your lovely comment!! Glad to know that the recipes remind you of home - especially your granma..aren't grandmas the best?!

      Rgds
      Shireen

      Delete
  6. crawled over to your site through Babble. Congrats on that.
    I enjoy a good brownie too, and coffee makes the chocolate just perfect. I like the additions of walnuts.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Lovely post. Thanks!!!
    Will try it out and invite you over. what say????

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mocha Brownies

It's brownie time folks! 

As the years go by I realise that I am better at baking than anything else. And I am definitely better at clicking food pics and writing posts than actually cooking. The whole idea of cleaning, cutting & cooking and then doing a mountain of dishes is no longer appealing to me (it never ever appealed to me) what with two bawling babies - well, the older one is 5 now and has thrust a fresh set of challenges in front of me.



Poor eating habits that drive me up the wall coupled with an actual baby who is slowly displaying her true characteristics - well, err, the naughtier side of an erstwhile very quiet baby doll. So yes, something that is definitely calming for their poor mom is her tryst with baking. 


I was baking brownies after a long time and I quite enjoyed baking these babies. Brownies with a hint of coffee made them so wonderfully delicious and homely - I totally love the aroma of coffee and these brownies filled my kitchen and my entire house with the heady aroma of freshly brewed coffee - even the next day!


Something as rich in taste as the brownie always calls for a simple accompaniment - a glass of milk. For the next two days I only had a glass of milk during tea time instead of my usual cuppa - you can't possibly have a mug of coffee with these brownies - it would be just too much - but again this is just my opinion. But why two days you may ask! Well, the mister was travelling and I had lots of time to kill. Well, not really. I just had the baker's itch - you know that feeling when its post lunch and you are browsing through a really good book on cakes & bakes and you want to jump out of your bed (or wherever you are sitting) to go make these? That's what I call the baker's itch. 


I know who else is having the baker's itch - a reader turned friend Usha! - So dearie, I hope you get to make these soon for your babies and enjoy them too. However, since it contains a wee bit of coffee - please use your discretion as to whether you want to serve them to your kids


Mocha brownies can lift a boring glass of milk! Go make them today!


About the brownies
Enough said already. Go make them!

Mocha Brownies
Prep time: 10 mins | Bake time: 30mins | Servings 12

Ingredients:
  • 55grams/2 oz unsalted butter (at room temperature) plus extra for greasing
  • 115grams/ 4 oz plain chocolate roughly chopped
  • 175grams/6 oz brown sugar (I used dark muscovado)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder (I used Nescafe) dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water and cooled
  • 85grams plain flour (maida)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 55 grams/2 oz roughly chopped walnuts or pecans
Method:
1. Grease and line a 7 or 8" (20cms) square cake tin with baking parchment. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C/ 350 degrees F.
2. In a double boiler (see notes) melt the chopped chocolate & butter. Keep aside to cool.
3. In a large bowl cream the sugar & eggs together until light & fluffy. Fold in the chocolate & butter mixture and the cooled coffee and blend well till everything is mixed. Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture. Toss in the chopped nuts & fold gently. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 25-30 mins or till the skewer inserted comes out clean.
4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, turn the cake over onto a wire mesh/rack and peel off the baking paper.
5. Cool completely, cut into squares & serve.

Recipe adapted from: Everyday Muffins & Bakes

8 comments:

  1. Brownies look simply awesome. Excellent preparation.
    Deepa

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love coffee and am really craving for some of these brownies now..

    ReplyDelete
  3. looks really delicious... craving for some now...

    ReplyDelete
  4. Am craving for some brownies, that too with coffee, who can resist to it.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi Shireen,
    First time in your yummlicious page. A fellow Mangi and a blogger too. Loved your recipes. Specially the kottige..reminded me of my granny. Thanks for sharing such a great page.
    Cheers,
    Chetana

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Chetana, thanks a ton for your lovely comment!! Glad to know that the recipes remind you of home - especially your granma..aren't grandmas the best?!

      Rgds
      Shireen

      Delete
  6. crawled over to your site through Babble. Congrats on that.
    I enjoy a good brownie too, and coffee makes the chocolate just perfect. I like the additions of walnuts.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Lovely post. Thanks!!!
    Will try it out and invite you over. what say????

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)