Cocoa brownies

The mouth watering brownies with perfect crackly flaky crust, all of this with Cocoa and Oil.. No Butter, No Chocolate. 

Everyone absolutely LOVED it and it was super easy to make! Add a scoop of ice cream and it's the perfect dessert for parties too!

  1/2 cup of oil 
  1 cup  sugar (minced)
  2 eggs 
  1/2 tsp vanilla essence 
  1/2 tsp coffee powder (dissolve in 1 tsp water)
  1/2 cup all purpose flour (Maida)
  1/2 cup cocoa powder 
  1/4 tsp salt
  Handful of chocolate chips (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 175° C. 
2. Grease an 8 inch square baking pan.
3. Whisk the oil and sugar together for 1 minute till sugar starts to dissolve.
4. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and beat till it's pale in color (light yellow color)
5. Add the flour, cocoa, coffee and salt. If you're adding chocolate chips then add them in this step.
6. Gently, very gently fold in the dry ingredients. Do not beat it with any mixer!
7. Transfer into pan, sprinkle some choc chips on top and let it bake in the oven for 20-25 mins.
8. Let it cool in the pan,then cut and serve!
9. Beat your eggs properly so that you can have a nice crackly crust.
10. Please do not use any mixer or whisk after adding the dry ingredients,this will add in air and make it cakey instead of fudgy.
11. Don't skip the coffee, it adds intensity to the chocolatey flavor. 
12. Don't over bake, when you will leave it in the hot pan for cooling it will still continue to cook.

Christmas Specialty - Hot Cross Buns

  ¾ cup luke warm water
  4 tsp instant dry yeast
  1/3 cup sugar
  3 eggs
  ½ cup vegetable oil
  3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  ¾ tsp salt
  ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  ¼ tsp ground clove
  1/3 cup dried raisins
  ¼ orange peel

Ingredients for icing
  ¾ cup icing sugar, sifted
  1 tsp milk, plus extra if needed

Ingredients for glaze
  ½ cup sugar
  3 tsps water
  1 tsp vanilla extract

1. For the dough, measure all of the ingredients except the raisins and set into the bowl.
2. knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about five minutes (the dough should be soft and must stick to the bottom of the bowl).
3. If mixing by hand, stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together, then turn out on to a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth.
4. Towards the end of kneading, add the raisins and mixed peel and knead again. Scrape the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 75 to 90 minutes, until doubled in size.
5. Turn the risen dough out on to a lightly floured work surface and divide into 12 even pieces. Shape each piece into a ball by rolling between your hands while it remains on the work surface.
6. Place the rolled buns in a greased pan, leaving space between them. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let the buns rise for 45 minutes.
7. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Uncover the buns and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a rich brown on top. While still hot from the oven, prepare the glaze.
8. For the glaze, bring the sugar, water and vanilla up to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is fully dissolved. Brush this syrup over the still-hot buns, until it has all been used. Let the buns cool completely in the tin.
9. For the icing, stir the icing sugar and milk together until a thick consistency suitable for piping (add a few more drops of milk, if needed).
10. Pour this into a small piping bag and pipe crosses on top of each bun, letting the icing set for an hour before serving.


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