Saturday, May 23, 2009

Chocolate brownies

Chocolate has been something that has fascinated me ever since I was a child. I beleive eating a piece of chocolate is like paying our respect to this wonderful creation of god and man :) any reason to eat it and in any form..

This week I thought I will blog about this amazing Chocalate Brownie recipe that I tried. Trust me it is out of this world. Melt in the mouth brownie that I have ever had.

As per Wikipedia chocolate brownie is one of those inventions that was made by the sheer need of a cake that could be eaten out of hand easily. You can get all the details about the history behind this amazing american dessert here.

Now the recipe is very very simple. You will need:

  • 2cups white sugar

  • 1 cup Atta

  • 4 Eggs

  • 2 tsp Vanilla Essence

  • 1 cup of Butter (I used Ghee instead)

  • 4 oz of unsweetened chocolate

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven at 175 Dec celsius.
  2. Melt the butter and the unsweetened chocolate in a double boiler and set aside. Ensure that the mixture is not overly heated but just warm enough for the chocolate to have melted.
  3. In a bowl mix sugar, atta, eggs and vanilla essence till combined. Now add the butter-chocolate mixture and incorporate it evenly into the dry mixture.
  4. Finally add the chopped nuts or chocolate.
  5. Bake for half an hour and test till the tooth pick comes out almost clean.
  6. Cool for about an hour outside and then refrigerate.
  7. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Tip: It is better to take the brownie out while the tooth still shows moist crumbs since the chocolate will continue to cook after taking it out from the oven. You can see the brownie in the first pic cut into pieces and second just out of the oven... :) yummy!!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

It is amazing how a chocolate chip cookie and a cold glass of milk can do to you on those days when you may not be feeling very good.. It is such a soothing feeling.. my son loves these cookies so this time around I thought why not try and make these cookies for him.

I baked these cookies early one morning before rushing for work.

After I came back home and I had to rush into a Telecon. So it was well past my son's dinner time when I finally got to talk to him. He comes to me and says that he needs to tell me a secret. that while his grandparents were sleeping he sneaked into the kitchen pulled a chair and ate a cookie because he loved it so much. That was the best compliment that I can ever imagine. He is my greatest critic and fan.

With that story I here by give the recipe for these wonderful cookies.
  1. 1 cup Butter
  2. 1 cup Jaggery (Powdered)
  3. 1/4 cup granulated Sugar
  4. 2 Eggs
  5. 1 1/2 tsp of Vanilla Essence/Extract
  6. 2 cups of Atta
  7. 1 tsp Baking Powder
  8. 1/2 tsp of Salt
  9. 2 cups of Chocolate chips

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree centigrade.

Combine the butter with the jaggery and the sugar and beat it for a minute or two till well combined. Then add the eggs and vanilla essence. Beat for some more times.

Add Baking Powder and salt to the Atta and mix well. Gradually add this into the wet mix combining carefully. Lastly add the chocolate chips. You can either use store brought or you can make tiny pieces of chocolate that you get such as Hershey's, DairyMilk etc. I used Hershey's extra dark chocolate for making these cookies.

Once all the mixture is combined well make it into laddoo shape balls and arrange it on a pre-greased baking tray. I make 6 cookies at one time since the tray that I have is quite small.

Bake it for 10 minutes and then take the cookies out of the oven.

Let it rest for a couple of minutes more after which you can transfer it to a cooling rack. Enjoy your cookies.