Friday, June 23, 2017

Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Hello Folks! Sun is shining in London and some of them are finding it too hard to digest. Have you ever come across people who complain about almost everything? Too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy- it is nature and change is the first law of nature, so please stop complaining because the good weather or the bad-it will change. Ah! That’s my rant for today ;-)

I needed brownies today. The fact that sun is shining and it is Friday-what could have been better then brownies, right? These are Chocolate Chunk Brownies- very chewy and chocolate bits oozing around. To be honest brownies is the easiest dessert and it gets ready in a jiffy if you have all ingredients handy. And the serving options are endless- think about scoop of icecream, chocolate sauce, salted caramel sauce or just some milk or coffee.

Chocolate Chunk Brownies are like any other chocolate brownies but loaded with chunks of chocolate-yes thats right! Crusty on the outside and melted bits on the inside is absolutely enticing and takes brownies to another level.

⅔ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup coarsely chopped dark chocolate

Preheat the oven at 180C. Lightly grease 8x8 inch pan. Line it with parchment paper.
On a low heat melt butter in a pan. Once melted add sugar and cook for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and let it cool for 30 seconds. Add cocoa powder and salt. Mix.
Add vanilla essence. Mix one egg at a time and mix. The mixture should be smooth.
Add all purpose flour and baking soda. Combine the ingredients to smooth batter.
Fold in chocolate chunks.
Spread the mixture on the prepared pan and cook for 20-25 minutes. The top will be crusty and centre will be moist.
Let the brownies cool. Cut and serve.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Dark Chocolate Walnuts: Guilt Free Snack

Chocolate is the best dessert one could have-ofcourse in moderation. Dark chocolate (70-80%) is even better. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, iron and magnesium. Studies have shown that dark chocolate improves blood flow and controls high blood pressure. In my world dark chocolate is healthy, use good quality sugar free chocolate and you are good.

I have spoken previously about healthy chocolate barks and why it is a great energy snack. You can see my Roasted Nuts Chocolate Bars and Seeds Nutty Chocolate barks recipes. Today it is another way of consuming chocolate. Heart healthy, omega rich walnuts dipped in glazy dark chocolate-a guilt free snack.

One-quarter cup of walnuts, for instance, provides more than 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin. That’s why it is so so so amazing to unite Dark Chocolate and Walnuts and make these.

Dark Chocolate Walnuts, is a great idea to suffice a sweet tooth without worrying about weight gain and it is so easy to make. I have seen recipes where vanilla essence, walnut oil and cocoa powder is used, but I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. Melt chocolate and coat walnuts and let it sit in the freezer. That’s it- Could not get easier than this.

1 bar/100 grams dark chocolate (70-85%)
1 cup shelled walnuts

Take a baking tray or a plate. Line it with parchment paper or even kitchen foil will do.
Chop chocolate roughly. Melt it in microwave for 20 seconds. You might need to do it for more 10 seconds. Make sure that chocolate doesn’t burn and is melted properly.
Mix walnuts in melted chocolate. Coat the walnuts properly.
Spoon each walnut on the lined tray. Keep the tray in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Remove from the sheet and store it air tight container in the fridge.

You can use milk chocolate or white chocolate too for this recipe. Or you can mix all three chocolates and use.
Same can be done with any other nuts like almonds, cashews or pistachios.