Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hershey's Best Ever Brownies....step-by-step.



My search for the perfect brownies ends here....I guess so.....or until I find a  better one than this .....I  made this brownie more than a couple of times.....I am this fan of ingredients which require melting butter and mixing with hand.....I hate to take my electric mixer out....plus the washing, cleaning, drying, and putting it back to its place.....so whenever I come across a recipe that can be mixed by hand I bookmark it.

Now, I have a confession to make....as mentioned earlier I made this more than a couple of times....the first time when I made this, I found it difficult to take pics with two hungry kids greedily eyeing the brownies to cool down....so I thought I will get it next time....again the same thing happened....finally I got this click .

 I added chocolate chips along with the chopped cashew nuts....the chocolate chips melted and sort of created a gooey-ooey-oh-so-chocolatey brownie.....if you don't want double chocolate in your brownie...omit the chocolate chips....though I would recommend to go for it.

I have also made these yummy brownies without nuts and it was pure chocolate indulgence....


The crust was perfect and since I had chocolate chips in it....I dint opt for any frosting.

So need anymore reasons for not trying this double chocolatey brownie with the perfect crust.... I guess my hunt for the BEST EVER BROWNIES ends here........or atleast until till the next one comes along!!

Recipe adapted from: Hershey's.
# If using salted butter omit the salt.

Ingredients:
Butter, melted: 1/2 cup.
Sugar: 1 cup.
Eggs: 2, beaten.
All-purpose flour: 1/2 cup.
Cocoa powder: 1/3 cup.
Vanilla extract: 1 tsp.
Baking powder: 1/4 tsp.
Salt: 1/4 tsp.
Chopped nuts: 1/2 cup (I used cashew nuts).
Chocolate chips: 1/2 cup (optional)

Method:
1. Heat oven to 160 degree C and grease a 9-inch square baking pan.


2. Melt butter.


3. Stir sugar and vanilla into the melted butter and mix well. Add the beaten eggs and again mix well.


4. Stir together baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, and flour.


5. Gradually add it to the egg mixture.


                                                
6. Mix till it is nicely incorporated.and well blended.


7. Fold in the chocolate chips and cashew nuts.


8. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.


9. Just out of the oven!!


Cut into squares and serve!!!


Serve with milk!!




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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Raw Banana Chips......Recipe Rewind.



I had posted banana chips last year in this space when I was an anonymous blogger.....with no followers or comments to inspire me......I have been thinking why not repost those recipes which are my favorite and those I make often in my kitchen.... Wednesday's I will try to post one recipe that survives still in anonymity with a better picture. ...well atleast that's what I plan to ....lets see how it goes.

Banana chips is one of the traditional Kerala snack.....it is usually fried in coconut oil.....and can be prepared at home with ease. You can either slice the raw banana thinly with a knife or with a mandoline 

Banana chips is made from a different variety of bananas which is locally known as "Ethakka/Nenthrakka", they are found in and around Kerala. The chips are deep fried slices of raw banana in coconut oil. It is an essential part of Kerala.Cuisine. Its available almost everywhere in and around Kerala

The raw bananas should be slit lengthwise and the skin peeled off, I do with my hand and the resulting reward is stained black fingers :( , you can either immerse in water and add 1 tsp turmeric and salt or wash the raw banana well and peel off the skin and directly slice them into hot oil and add turmeric and salt while cooking....I prefer the later, because that's how the chip vendors make and plus saves the trouble of wiping water off the bananas or drying them.

Check out the original post here.

Ingredients:
Raw banana: 2 kg.
Coconut oil: ½ litre.
Salt: 2 tsp.
Water: little.
Turmeric: ½ tsp.
Chips cutter or Mandoline

Method:.



1. Mix salt, turmeric with water to make a solution and keep aside.
2. Wash the bananas and leave it to dry. 
3. Cut a slit lengthwise into the banana and remove the  skin with your hands and keep it aside. . 4. Heat oil and using the Mandoline slice the bananas into the hot oil. 
5. When it is getting crisp put in 1 or 2 tsp of the salt/turmeric solution and when the sizzling sound stops. Strain out the fried bananas and place it on a tissue paper.
6. Store in airtight container.


 * When adding banana simmer the fire.
I made in 4 batches.


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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Whole wheat garlic rolls.....no egg version.



Garlic rolls is one of my most popular post here in this space. I make this often, my daughter just loves it. This one is made with whole wheat flour.....since I make this often I just tried it with wheat flour and though it is not as soft as made with all purpose flour it is soft enough....The idea is to make it healthy with wheat flour....I try to incorporate it in everyday cooking as much as I can....I thought I will share this today. Do check out here for the original post which I had posted long back. 

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Oreo Muffins with Streusel Topping......step-by-step.



Raise your hand if you like Oreo.

Well, that's my sons favorite line these days. He is so much into Oreo that he supposedly became an Oreoholic!!!!....well that's the term he used to describe his sudden love for Oreos.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chemmeen Ularthiyathu/Shrimp/ Prawns Fry......step-by-step.



When I think of Chemeen (shrimp).....all my diet resolutions go weak....I can munch on this 24/7 or until I get a stomach upset......Amma always makes this whenever I visit her.....I especially  love to bite  the "thengakothu" (tiny coconut pieces) in between the chemeen. I guess I passed on my likeness of Chemeen to my son.....and he loves to have it with rice.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Beef Curry with a Difference......I am back!!!



Hi all!!!. I am happy to be back....when monsoon started, lightening struck and most of the electronic goods got damaged including modem....

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