He said ‘mamma, kek!’ So I had to make the world’s best brownies for my one in a million toddler!
My 18-month old is already the biggest fan of my baking experiments. Until now, the hubby was always faced with the sensitive task of obligingly tasting the slightly pully bread, the slightly browned biscuits, or the slightly eggy cakes. Now, I have a new admirer who looks at me in wonder with his big doe eyes as I beat the eggs, lick the batter, do the thing. But like every other child, his all time fave is the easy peasy chocolate brownie I make. It’s a complete crowd pleaser. It’s what made me popular! Just kidding (no, I’m not).
So, last evening when we were strolling in the park, I asked him ‘What would you like for dinner today?’ He thought for a second and said ‘mamma, kek!’ with the widest of smiles, his 8 tiny teeth peeping out at me. Obviously, no mom in her right mind is going to bake a brownie at 7pm and definitely not for dinner! So I promised (the cross my heart & hope to die kinda promise) that I would make it soon. And you never want to break your promises with 18-month olds. Never ever.
So here goes. This recipe is dead easy and takes 10 minutes to measure everything, 10 minutes on the stove, and 20 minutes to bake. It’s one of those anyone-can-bake recipes. It is disaster proof to some extent; unless you leave it in the oven and start watching Suits (Harvey Spectre!).
Recipe for the World’s Best Brownies #becauseisaidso
Serves: 6-8 (depends on how many you eat before serving guests)
Prep time: 10 min (20 with toddler around)
Cooking time: 35 min
What you will need
75 g dark chocolate chips
175 g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
300 g granulated brown sugar
100 g unsweetened cocoa powder
150 g plain flour, sifted with 1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 eggs, mildly whisked
50 g walnuts roughly chopped
25 cm baking tin
Fresh double cream or ice cream for serving
An extra hour of workout at the gym
Before you begin
Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a 25 cm baking tin with butter, sprinkle some flour and keep aside. Whisk 4 eggs in a bowl, add vanilla extract, whisk some more and keep aside.
Heat a non-stick saucepan on a medium flame. Place the butter, sugar and cocoa powder in the saucepan and stir till the sugar and butter melt. Gently stir, bringing the mixture together till it turns smooth and gooey.
Add the sifted flour slowly, folding it in evenly. Remove the saucepan from the flame.
Add the whisked eggs to the cake mixture, making sure that the heat of the saucepan does not scramble the eggs.
Work fast, adding the chocolate chips and the chopped walnuts. Stir with a gentle hand.
Transfer the mixture to a greased baking tin and bake in a preheated oven at 190°C for 20 minutes.
Allow resting time of 10-20 minutes. Serve warm with fresh double cream or a dollop of ice cream.
Now you are probably wondering what sort of blog platform this is. Is it beauty, food, home, lifestyle or self-love? To begin with, I wanted to do one blog post falling in each of those categories for my first month here. These are the topics that excite me, inspire me, and give me space to grow. This blog is meant to resonate with my style, my experiences as a mother, my choices as an Air Force Wife, and my love for anything creative. I’m always seeking the extraordinary in my ordinary life. I’m just like you, always doubting myself. But I’m also always reminding myself to start small and dream big.
To all my fellow dreamers and creators – our time is now. There is no better time to start doing something you love – go all out, hearts, souls and all.
Happy one month anniversary to me!
Until next time, #dreambig, #believe and #makeithappen. And, EAT MORE BROWNIES.
P.S: I did not eat the whole plate. Okay, maybe most of it.