Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

brown butter chocolate chunk cookies

Brown butter is nothing fancy. It is simply butter that left home but was taken off the train before it reached the ghee station. After watching so many cooks and bakers talk and write about it, I thought I’d give it a shot. Using my old chocolate chip cookie recipe, I halved the butter and made brown butter. Another thing I altered was the brown sugar content. Instead of 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar, I switched the quantities of the two sugars for a more dark and caramel flavour.

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Chocolate and Plum Cake

chocolate and plum cake

There are plums everywhere in the shops and how can I just walk past them? I picked up a box and I knew I wanted to put them in cake. I had bookmarked a recipe a while ago and tried my hands on it last night. It’s very simple but I did replace one ingredient and alter the method of making the batter. It has turned out moist, gooey and the presence of plum is quite prominent. Give it a go and you’ll have another go-to recipe for another chocolate cake.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse

 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse

Healthy dessert? Is there nothing sacred anymore? Also, healthy dessert is an oxymoron. If you’re going to make dessert, might as well indulge. Even if it’s a sliver of chocolate cake or a tablespoon of strawberry ice cream, indulge. Burn it off the next morning, if you have to. Speaking of indulgence, this salted caramel chocolate mousse it right up there on all other indulgences. Silky smooth, thick and luscious with every spoonful to make it the perfect dessert. Deep dark chocolate with sweet caramel for a partner is fantastic. A touch of salt simply rounds up the dish balancing all things sweet.

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Chocolate Chip Double Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate chip brownies

Yes, another brownie recipe. It’s like any other dish that can be tweaked a tad and taste different from another kind. Every baking enthusiast has their own list of brownie recipes. From the recent peanut butter swirl mocha brownies to bacon brownies, I have mine too. Brownies are one of my favourite things to do with chocolate. The fudgier, the better. These have dark chocolate, dutch processed cocoa and chocolate chips, of course. It has a more deeper chocolate flavour than any other I’ve baked.

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Peanut Butter Swirl Mocha Brownies

Peanut butter mocha brownies

There isn’t a kind of brownie that hasn’t been done before. I’d like to be surprised for a change. I’m certain even these have been made by someone somewhere before. But anyway, I made them on a whim and they turned out pretty damn good. I have no good reason why I baked them in a loaf tin, but I did. Please use a square tin for yours, it’ll look like brownies then.

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Banana Pancakes with Hot Chocolate Sauce

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Pancakes have to be the easiest, most delicious and comforting breakfast treats. These have bananas in them and topped with more bananas, syrup and a hot chocolate sauce. The sauce is simply hot chocolate with extra cocoa to give it more thickness and make it more chocolatey. What I did with this recipe is add an extra egg white. It made the pancakes more fluffy and gave it the lovely tan it needs. There’s nothing else I can say about these except, dig in!

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Chocolate Chip and Banana Muffins

 

Banana muffins

If you like banana bread, you’ll love these muffins. This is a Betty Crocker recipe and works perfectly well. You get the banana flavour as well as small bursts of chocolate. One of the best things about this recipe is the final touch you need to give the muffins. The cinnamon sugar with melted butter. It amplifies the the taste further more. The chocolate chips I used were Hershey’s milk chocolate ones. They’re bigger than the ones we get here and taste great. If you have anyone coming from the States or anywhere else, have them bring you these. I can’t wait to use these chips in cookies!

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The Best Chocolate Layer Cake

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chocolate cake

Dark, rich and insanely chocolatey chocolate cake. Sandwiched with luscious, creamy, light and smooth buttercream frosting…. Don’t tell me you haven’t fantasized about a layered chocolate cake while at work or while watching TV with your mind wandering off to bakery land. I might have fallen in love with baking and baking with chocolate every since I watched Nigella Lawson (fell in love with her too) smoothed a cake with her finger and licked the frosting off it. I’m getting carried away over here. All I’m saying is, a good layered chocolate cake is the most indulgent and decadent dream that makes one incredibly happy. This cake though is just as easy as dreaming of it.

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Classic chocolate chip cookies

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These are classic cookies. If you look at a Martha Stewart recipe or a Betty Crocker one, they’re all the same with one or two minor tweaks. I stuck to my basic cookie dough recipe and added a whole lot of chocolate chips to it. It’s the usual butter and sugar mixture with flour and baking soda. Sometimes it’s best to stick to the classics. But you can still alter the taste and texture with sugar. I mixed white and brown sugar. The brown sugar makes the cookie more chewy and gives it a caramel like flavour. I made some hot chocolate to go with it, and might I say it was the best decision. I can’t stop recommending the hot chocolate powder from Mason & Co. It’s incredibly luscious and rich.

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Chocolate, vanilla and coffee marble cake

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As an adult (at least some think so), I still love the patterns in a marble cake. The anticipation of cutting the first slice to see how the marbling has turned out is joy that makes me feel like a little girl again. A good marble cake for me has to be moist, with lovely chocolate and vanilla swirls where you can taste their flavours separetely  and not excruciatingly sweet. With this one however, I had a coffee swirl too. The flavour cushions of vanilla and chocolate ensures the coffee one is quite safe. As with any marble cake you simple divide the batter into two and mix cocoa into one half and then pour them into a baking tin before you swirl it with a knife or as in my case, a chopstick.

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