Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fudgy Brownie for Two (Small Batch Brownie)

Fudgy Brownie for Two (Small Batch Brownie) - Cocoawind

February 14, 2017

Umm.. I had nothing valentine-y planned for this year's Valentine's Day.. nothing at all! But when I woke up to flowers, desserts, chocolates and cards - I kinda felt compelled to make something for the Valentines of my life! Well, at least for one of them! The husband is traveling (he left this morning), so his treat will have to wait!

Though I am not too big on these 'special days' anymore, I would be lying if I say that I wasn't pleased to see the red tulips and the salted caramel cheesecake and salted almond chocolate and the cute cards!

Fudgy Brownie for Two (Small Batch Brownie) - Cocoawind

I am still recovering from a fever (and the whole jing-bang of ailments it brings along with it), so this was the easiest treat that I could pull-off in under 30 minutes! I think it took me longer to take the photos! I just couldn't make the light work for me yesterday! That's what happens when the brain is all muddled up and under the influence of fever + cold medication.

But the smile.. the smile on his face was all worth it! Happy kid, happy Ma!

Fudgy Brownie for Two (Small Batch Brownie)

Ingredients Fudgy Brownie for Two (Small Batch Brownie)

Prep time: Less than 10 minutes
Bake time: About 20 minites
  • 4 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp. of granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • A fat pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of instant coffee granules
  • 4 tbsp. of melted butter
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Confectioners Sugar for dusting (optional)
Fudgy Brownie for Two (Small Batch Brownie) - Cocoawind

How to make Fudgy Brownie for Two (Small Batch Brownie)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease two 8 oz ramekins and keep aside

Melt 4 tbsp of butter in the microwave (I used a microwave safe measuring cup). Add the sugar to the melted butter and nuke it in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Take it out, give it a vigorous stir and put it back in for another 30 seconds. Stir in the cocoa powder, instant coffee granules and vanilla essence along with the fat pinch of salt.

Once the mixture has cooled down a bit, crack in the egg and stir to combine.

Next, sift the flour and baking powder into the measuring cup and mix in well.

Lastly fold in the chocolate chips and divide the batter equally into the two prepped ramekins.

Bake for 17 to 20 minutes till done.

Let the brownies cool down a bit, dust with confectioner's sugar and decorate with sprinkles and serve.

Fudgy Brownie for Two (Small Batch Brownie) - Cocoawind

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Easy Peasy Paneer Butter Masala - Cheat Recipe (nut free)

November 2016

Easy Peasy Paneer Butter Masala - Cheat Recipe

You all will laugh and perhaps even look down upon me when you read how I had made this Paneer Butter Masala. But this turned out so much like the real deal, that it would have been plain selfish of me if I didn't share the recipe. So ahem, here I go! I used store bought pizza sauce instead of fresh tomatoes. But before all of you nothing short of amazing, purist 'make-it-from-scratch 'people who will never give in to temptation and go the semi-homemade way, roll your eyes at me... please first hear me out. What is pizza (pasta) sauce but a bunch of tomatoes pulverized along with a handful of herbs to make a smooth puree. And tomato puree with a bunch of different herbs/spices is what we need to make a killer Paneer Butter Masala! And I used the organic kind too! So there!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rosemary Garlic Pork Chops - oven broiled

Rosemary Garlic Pork Chops - oven broiled

So this little person in my life, whom I have affectionately dubbed my Vitamin S (for Sunshine), never stops to amaze me with his love for food. And not just fancy food - anything that tickles his palate! Starting from steamed broccoli to barbecue ribs to good ol' cheeseburger to spicy Chinese  takeout to a very homely meal of daal-bhaatu-papad! But nothing lights his face up more than meat on his plate - beef, pork, lamb, mutton - everything rocks his boat!  

Saturday, January 28, 2017

How to Bake Bacon in the Oven

How to Bake Bacon in the Oven

Who loves bacon? We do! But what do you do if there's a certain someone in your family (ahem, that would be me) who cannot stand the smell that lingers after frying bacon on the stove-top in every nook and corner of the apartment. I have tried it all - cross ventilation, airing out, closing bedroom doors - everything! But nothing seems to work! And since we stay in an apartment and our 'hood' of our over the range microwave is less than useful most of the time!

Friday, January 27, 2017

6 inch Chocolate Cake and Ermine Buttercream Recipe - 7th Birthday Cake

6 inch Chocolate Cake and Ermine Buttercream Recipe

6 inch Chocolate Cake and Ermine Buttercream Recipe

There are so many good things that I can tell you about Ermine Buttercream. Yes, it is a little time-consuming but it is perhaps the best buttercream that I have tasted. It is not too overbearingly sweet and spreads and pipes pretty well. And for a person who cannot handle too much sweet, it is a win-win situation all around. 

I made this 6 inch Chocolate Cake and Ermine Buttercream Recipe cake for my now 7 year old's 7th birthday.  I halved my trusty Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe to make this cake, filled and iced it with Ermine Buttercream. I wanted to try out the dual tone on this cake, and though not too successful, it didn't look half as bad!

For his birthday party, we made a Star Wars BB8 Cake (yup, we still cannot believe that we pulled it off!). I had made a double batch of the Ermine Butter Cream and used the leftovers for the BB8 Cake as well.

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