Jul 4, 2012

100th post and a decadent (Coco powder) Brownie


            Yes, friends! I have reached the milestone at last. I have climbed to the toddler phase of culinary adventures, leaving behind the infant stage. The blog is also turning two. Many of you would think, 'It's not a big deal' as most of you would have attained the milestone with in a year of your blogging and I must confess that I was a bit slow there. But still; looking back, I feel a sense of triumph, for never in my life had I dreamed of reaching 100 posts in my blog when I started it. I thank almighty Allah for making it possible for me..



            A little history...

             I had actually started cooking seriously after marriage and had to confront a lot of hurdles, as I was a real zero as far as culinary knowledge and instincts were concerned. Before wedding, my cooking experiences were limited to making instant noodles now and then, making a few snacks which I loved to have for tea, cutting vegetables to help my mom and of course toasting breads for breakfast. So it is not an overstatement, if I say that I found the responsibilities(of cooking)  huge enough to suffocate me and dreaded the outcome of my 'admirable cooking skills' in my inlaws' home. 

            My poor mother in law would have had quiet a number of heart attacks after I squeezed myself into her cooking space with my annoying kitchenastics. Luck was on her part as I could not stay with her long enough to display all my 'cooking tactics'.  I was plucked out of her cozy kitchen into the wilderness of a foreign kitchen as I settled abroad with Mr.KB with the whole mess of a kitchen all to myself. Oh! boy, How scary it was to start cooking from scratch with no body to assist you and nobody to turn to help! You must be thinking why Mr.KB could have helped, right? Well, if you knew him well, a thought like that would never pass your mind. If there was some one who was more ignorant than me in cooking, it was him :)

            And I had started cooking with my mom's and mom in law's recipes scribbled on bits of papers and it was followed by a lot of ISD calls to mom asking for the merest bit of explanations. Later I began reading recipe blogs and used to gawk at the pictures in them with much awe and admiration. It was those recipe sites and blogs which gave me an ardent zeal to experiment anything under the sun. That was when Mr.KB suggested, why not create a site of your own so that you can actually do something better than gawk at the pictures of food which other people prepared. It was his insisting compulsions which made me give in. If it was not for him, I would never have  started this blog, and would have went on with my lazy life as ever.

          Gratitude....

          Of course I have learned a lot on my way... from cooking tips to basic food photography. Even now I use a point and shoot camera to shoot my foods with nothing particular to boast about. I love food photography and I dream of having a DSLR  of my own sometime, but don't know when I would be able to have it. Till then you will have to bare with my plain looking pictures.. Any way, I thank you my readers, for all your loving encouragements  without which, I would have reached nowhere. And much gratitude goes to my blogging pals, who have created a lot of positive attitudes towards each other making the blogosphere alive with events, awards and give aways. All of you who had taken time to read my blogs and given valuable comments, I fondly remember you as the lights which lead me on every day of my blogging..

       The sweet...



         Celebration time always asks for sweets and there's nothing more addictive than this incredibly fudgy, moist and chocolaty, coco powder brownie. Caramelised nuts on top makes it even more worthy. The health nut in you may perhaps resist it seeing the loads of calories it may add to your diet. But it is one of those delicious goodies which you can have on the rare occasions of celebrations, forgetting all about diet and disregarding your figure.

Fudgy Coco powder Brownie with caramelised nuts
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cold large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped caramelised walnuts/almonds

Method:




  • Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325degreeF or 160 degree C. Line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhanging on two opposite sides.
  • Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium heatproof bowl and set the bowl in a wide skillet of barely simmering water. Stir from time to time until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth and hot enough that you want to remove your finger fairly quickly after dipping it in to test. Remove the bowl from the skillet and set aside briefly until the mixture is only warm, not hot.
  • Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula. Spread evenly in the lined pan and sprinkle the top with caramelised nuts.
  • Bake until a toothpick plunged into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack.
  • Lift up the ends of the parchment or foil liner, and transfer the brownies to a cutting board. Allow it to completely cool.Cut into 16 or 25 squares and serve.
Recipe courtesy: Epicurious.com

15 comments:

  1. Congrats on your milestone! Wish you many more happy years in blogging!

    I love your clicks, no matter its taken by a point and shoot or a DSLR! May your dream come true very soon! :)

    Nice brownies! Colourful and yummy with those caramelised nuts.

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  2. Congrats dear,keep rocking!
    perfect way to celebrate,chocolaty and divine

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  3. congrats on your 100th post..
    Delicious brownie..
    Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

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  4. Congrats on ur milestone and wish many more to come. Brownies are very tempting and perfect for the occasion

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  5. Congrats on ur 100th post, seriously cant take my eyes from ur brownies,they came out super delicious.

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  6. Mabrook... Barakallah feek... I love ur recipes and ur write ups, so upto the point... u reminded me of my kitchen antics as well... keep going!!! :)

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  7. Congrats and Best Wishes!!!! Wishing more success on your way. Brownies looks awesome, delicious sweet treat for the occasion..

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  8. Congratulations on reaching that little milestone. May you cross more with success:)

    Those early mishaps look funny when we look back but were worth the effort. We are cooking and blogging, yay!

    May Allah give you the DSLR soon...

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  9. Thats a nice recipe , quite easy to make. Somehow I have never tried Brownie before.. would love to try for this week :)

    Glad to follow you too :)

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  10. Congrats on ur big achievement..u r way ahead of me ..I am even slower than you in blogging...its almost 4 1/2 years and still on 150 th post :)
    BTW brownies look yummy ..second pic looks awesome..hard to believ that u clicked it from point and shoot :)

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  11. thanks every body...
    i have never been good at expressing gratitude, and so i feel at a loss for words even now, to tell you all how much ur comments mean to me..
    hope you understands.. :)

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  12. this is the same recipe I use (without the nuts of course, lol) ! It's hands-down my favorite brownie ever! Great pics :)

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  13. This is awesome. Love your pictures always and your posts. Congrats on your 100 th post dear.Wish you many more milestones.

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