Orange Brownies with Orange Caramel
Brownies have been done to death, I know. But it’s a great base to add more flavours and change it up every once in a while. So, what I did this time was give it an orange touch. No adding orange juice or such liquids to ruin the batter. Instead, by simply grating some zest off an orange and sprinkling it all over the batter just before it hits the oven will give it that orange flavour. It also fills your kitchen with the fragrance of orange.
Tea and coffee cakes are the best. They’re easy to make and easier to serve and eat. And they go great with a cup of tea or coffee without being overbearingly sweet. Simple homemade chocolate cakes are probably on top of everyone’s favourite cakes list. There are many variations and honestly, why not? The more, the merrier. Now, to take a simple chocolate cake up a notch pair it with a fruit and you wouldn’t believe how amazing it tastes. We do it with bananas, strawberries and cherries. This time I picked pear. Also because I stumbled on a unique recipe in Julia’s Album.
I have no reason to make eggless anything. But this one time last week I saw one of those Buzzfeed Tasty videos of an eggless brownie and wanted to try it. I did change the quantities and kinds of sugar. As I always say, an eggless variation of a classic will come nowhere close to the real deal. But my colleagues seemed to have loved it. I for one thought it was good. Maybe with a scoop of ice cream it’d taste even better!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!