So this post is about two recipes. An egg less brownie and a hot chocolate sauce. The ice cream was store bought because I had to serve a crowd this time. Clicked a few pictures of the leftover slices of brownie topped with the black and white sinful opposites, the cold white ice cream and the dark hot chocolate sauce. Actually I served myself a generous helping as a lunch today and teased a few friends on facebook. An extempore poetry here and a few forgotten promises reminded by some other friends led me to post the recipe here.
I take this opportunity to apologise to my readers here for being absent from the blog for so long. I am back with a dark mean treat for you friends. Was busy in a family wedding and then many of the guests at the wedding were invited home for several rounds of meals and snacks and desserts and all... This brownie was served to a crowd of some 20 people, made a whole loaf of brownie , although the thin slices were not as easy to handle it was the best solution in a hurry. Made in microwave to save time so I could work on other main and side dishes that day...And the brownie was egg less because many of the older people don't even eat onion and garlic.
Brownie is better egg less I always feel anyways.
Lets cheer up at Banaras ka khana with a brownie that wrapped up a busy bustling day for me some 3 days back.... and then illuminated a noon today with a warm cheer..
( about 2 dozen servings)
all purpose flour (maida) 2 cups
cocoa powder 1/2 cup ( I used Cadburry's)
baking powder 1 tsp
softened butter 1 cup
thick yogurt 1cup
sugar 3/4 cup
melted dark chocolate 1 cup (I used 72% cocoa)
Mix the all purpose flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together. I stir it with a fork, you can sieve them all together if unsure.
Whip the yogurt, butter and sugar together and then add the flour mix to it slowly while whipping all the time. The batter has to be just loose so it doesn't look like a dough and the whisk moves freely. Add a little milk if required, depends on how thick is the yogurt being used.
Now melt the dark chocolate over double boiler. i do it in microwave with a tbsp of water added to it.
Add the melted dark chocolate to the prepared batter and whisk and mix well.
Pour in a wide baking tray if making bars or squares of brownie. The batter doesn't flow well and has to be smoothened into the tray. Bake at 180 degree C for about 20 minutes. Check with a needle before taking out of the oven.
I made a standard size loaf in the microwave as I was multitasking that day and had very little time for this brownie. The loaf was microwaved for 6 minutes on high.
Let it cool and slice accordingly. The brownies are slightly sticky , dense and decadent. I like them as it is warm too...
Served this way, they are a crowd puller.
The recipe of the chocolate sauce is quite simple too. You just need the best quality of cocoa powder you can get your hands on. I made the sauce in the microwave too , in the same jug it is served. can be easily cooked in a pan too, stirring all the while ...
ingredients for the chocolate sauce...
half cup of cocoa powder (Cadburry's was used)
quarter cup of all purpose flour
pinch of salt
half cup of sugar
1.5 cup 0f milk or water (some more to add while cooking)
1 tbsp or a little more butter
Tip in the first four ingredients in the mug or jug (or the pan if you are cooking in a pan on gas stove). Pour about 1/4 cup of milk and make a paste of the ingredients. Now add the remaining milk and whisk vigorously to make a smooth emulsion.
Microwave the mixture for 2 miutes, take out the jug, whisk it till smooth and microwave again for a minute and whisk again. repeat doing the same some 3-4 times till the mixture bubbles and is thick and creamy.
Add a little milk if you want a dilute sauce. The thickness is variable to taste. Whisk the sauce even after it is cooked as it helps in keeping the right consistency later.
If you decide to cook the sauce in a pan, cook over direct flame stirring all the while till it thickens.Adjust thickness as above.
Add the butter to finish the sauce , off heat, and mix well. Use hot or cold, as required.
The chocolate sauce can be used with cut fruits to make a rich dessert or can be served with plain vanilla ice cream any time. It keeps well in the fridge for a week so make it in generous amount if you like it.
This sauce can be made slightly thicker too and can be used as a cake frosting or a cheats version of Chocolate Ganache. It wouldn't be as rich and silken in texture as a real Ganache made using dark chocolate and heavy cream.
Nevertheless, we all need cheats versions of the expensive foods once in a while. So why not.
The richer version of chocolate sauce would melt equal amounts of heavy cream and dark chocolate in microwave or over double boiler...chose your pick... whatever suits you.
Would you like to bake a gluten free version of a Brownie? I am working on that and will soon post it on my health food blog.
I have also made a facebook page for all my friends and readers who like to discuss health and wellness with me. Please go like the page if you really want to live healthy , eat healthy and think healthy...
In that case , you would chuck this version of brownie in the air.
I would be one happy soul for such a choice. Believe me. I bake such sinful indulgences only for guests who like these, my own indulgence in such treats is quite balanced most of the times.I expect everyone who follows me, to chose wisely and to control portions when served occasional treats like this brownie.
What do you chose as your foodie sin ?