So I have named this blog baking spree because it is something that gets into my head for a period of time and then gets off for months, even years!
This week has totally been a chocolate celebration week for me. I have made a few tins of brownies and then chocolate cakes, some of which have been a failure and some have been an absolute delight! The good thing was that I could experiment all the different possibilities and now know which ingredients and methods to include and which to skip to come up with a palette full of happiness.
So here is one such Choco-delight I made towards the end of the week- hot chocolate fudgy brownie dipped into vanilla ice-cream with sprinkles of walnuts and colorful gems in the top.
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup icing sugar
½ cup vegetable oil (or alternatively use butter)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
One fist of chopped walnuts/ almonds (optional)
1 box (500ml) of vanilla ice-cream
- Take a tin (9×9, 6×6, 9×13, 6×15- any inches is just fine). The trick is to take a tray-like tin so that the mixture is laid out evenly and the brownies turn out to be thin and not thick. Grease that tin with oil and lay a parchment paper in it. Grease again after setting in the parchment paper.
- Take a bowl and filter the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder in it. Keep the bowl aside.
- Preheat oven to 180 C (this is equivalent to 350 F) for 15 mins.
- Take another bowl and beat the 2 eggs properly and then add in the icing sugar in parts. Then add the oil, vanilla extract and the chopped walnuts. Add in the flour mixture and fold the mixture gently in as fewer strokes as possible. If you make many strokes then the brownies will turn out to be cake-like which is not what we want. We want it to be fudgy and fewer strokes will ensure that.
- Pour in the mixture in the tin and rest it in the oven for about 15-20 mins. It should be done in 15 mins or maybe in shorter than that period. You should do the toothpick-test to check if your brownies are done or not. Get the toothpick inside and if it comes out clean- then beware it’s a cake! And you don’t want a cake. You want brownies! So your toothpick should not come out clean, there should be some fudgy chocolate sticking in it. So yeah, when that’s what your toothpick looks like, your brownies are done, yay!
Leave the tray out from the oven to the table for 15mins and then do the cutting part. You should expect your brownies to crumble when you are cutting it because of course, that’s how brownies are supposed to be, fudgy-chocolaty delight. Now you can have your brownies just this way by cutting it into square or rectangular pieces. Get a nice white palette, lay the pieces and sprinkle colorful crushed gems or M&Ms on top of it. This should look something like this:
Now you may serve with vanilla ice-cream by getting a nice transparent glass (I prefer transparent because that way you can see the beautiful combination of chocolate and vanilla from the outside). Break the fudgy brownies into block-like pieces and put one scoop of ice cream on top of it; put another layer of brownies and then ice-ream again. It should be like: brownie-ice cream-brownie-ice cream-topping. For the topping, sprinkle some of the chopped walnut or the colorful crushed gems or M&Ms. Your happiness in a cup!
Happy baking! :)