Lovestruck Brownies

 

So valentine is around around the corner and I decided to do something a lil special.This is a very simple dessert to make and you can decorate it any how you want it,you can leave it plain or just dust it with some icing sugar,with some ice cream and you’ve got a perfect dessert.You don’t have to be in a relationship to treat yourself this holiday,do something special for yourself and if you are in a relationship,make this single serving brownie hearts to complete your menu.

You will need;

115 g Butter

10 Tbsp Cocoa powder

57 ml or 1/4 cup oil

220 g Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp Vanilla

4 Eggs

190 g Flour

1 tsp Baking powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Tbsp Coffee

 

Preheat your oven to 160°C,if your oven is too hot,you might want to adjust it a bit because chocolate burns easily

Melt butter,oil and cocoa powder over a pot of boiling water,mixing to combine

Stir until melted

take off the heat and mix in the sugar,coffee and vanilla

then beat eggs in one at a time,mixing after each addition

mix in the flour,salt and baking powder

mix until just combined,you don’t want to mix it too much so you don’t develop the gluten in it

if you have heart shaped baking cups,fill each until 2/3rd full or you can bake it in a small heart shaped pan or a rectangular/square baking pan and just cut out mini hearts with a cookie cutter or a stencil when you are done baking

 and bake for 10-15 min or until a toothpick inserted into it comes out clean

alternatively,you can cut out a stencil like the one below out of paper or cardboard and use it as a guide to cut out the heart shapes after the brownie is cool

you can also cut out some for the individual brownies to use as the base,cover it in foil.

Now the fun part………. you can just dust it in powdered sugar/icing sugar,serve with ice cream and same strawberries and call it a day or….

whip up you favorite frosting and cover each of the brownies,you can use a spoon or a small spatula,you can make it smooth or playful mess (I once heard that there is nothing like a mistake in art)

spoon some melted chocolate around the edges and let it run down freely

 Sprinkle with some sprinkles(I crack myself up).You really can’t go wrong with sprinkles

or……..

 Cover with some chocolate ganache

Nutty Love Brownie and put some shredded coconut around the sides or

 some Candied peanut

alternatively,cut into 2

place 1 half back in the mold

and fill with whipped cream,nuts and caramel

 cover with the 2nd half

and freeze for about 30-40 min or until firm enough to handle

remove from mold and cover the sides with more whipped cream

 fill the top with a mixture of Salted caramel and crushed candied nuts

or what I like to call “organized mess” or “perfectly imperfect”

 slather on some whipped cream flavored with strawberry jam or syrup or any frosting of choice

and place little cut pieces of candied or dried fruits and nuts all around it

 and if you absolutely must have strawberries,have got something for you.

 chocolate covered strawberry dipped partly in shaved white chocolate

or……..

pipe a border around the top of the brownie

then cut a strawberry into little pieces and fill the center

ta da

melt some strawberry jam in the microwave or you can use strawberry syrup.Coat the strawberry with the jam

you can leave it as it is or drizzle some more over it

That about wraps it up

Have a wonderful Valentine’s day.

Till next time,I remain yours truly

Chef Iretidayo

 

 

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Cookbook Reveiw: The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

SCOP-Perfect-Scoop

This is the 2nd Ice cream book i have ever bought and the only one out of the 2 that I am going to do a review on.i mean,the other 1 looks okay but I am yet to make any frozen dessert from it.If I do in the nearest future,and I like it,then maybe i would do a review.

Like i mentioned in my 1st book review,very few cookbooks impress me and this one,I like.

The layout is very easy to follow with very nice and not so common flavors.I intend to try the green pea ice cream and the basil ice cream sometime later this year.

The book is divided into sections,Basic,Ice cream,sorbet and sherbets,granitas,sauces and toppings,mix-ins,vessels. Plus,there are ideas for pairings throughout the book. And you have enough materials in there to get as creative as you want.

The recipes i tried,I did not use an ice cream machine for,the ice cream machine I bought specifically for this book let me down,I returned it and I am never going to buy those freeze before you use ice cream machines again,I would rather wait till I can buy one with a freezing compartment so I resorted to using “freeze and rake” method. ha ha! it’s what I call having to do it manually with a fork.

I decided to amp up the flavors in this book because I am one for full bodied flavors.The things I paired each ice cream here with were my own ideas and I did not get them from the book.

Among the 1 set I made,was the Panforte ice cream,it did not freeze and was melting all over the place,in fact,it was what made me return my ice cream machine,am guessing it’s the honey in it that did not make it freeze well,but I did like the flavor.

I paired this Panforte Ice cream with crepes,bananas,a few nuts and chocolate.

Next is the Toasted Coconut Ice cream,I left most of the coconut in the ice cream as opposed to the recipe,what can I say,I felt like it.ha!

20121228_095009  Paired it with crepes too but in another form,with some candied orange slices,orange syrup and shaved chocolate.

Grilled Pineapple with Toasted coconut Icecream and Pineapple caramel sauceI also paired the Toasted coconut ice cream with some grilled pineapple

How about the black pepper ice cream…. I used more black pepper than was called for in the recipe and it is my favorite so far

 Paired it with fried banana spring rolls

The Green tea ice cream was my 2nd favorite out of the recipes i have tried and of course,I amped up the flavor again,i can’t help it.

 Had it sandwiched in brownie hearts

 and on a cone.

So,would I recommend this book? Yes! and i intend to try every recipe in the book,but not all at once,we gotta maintain our figure.ha ha ha.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to do this review,I purchased this book and all the resources used myself.Everything written here is my honest opinion.

Crepes filled with Apples and cinnamon

I love crepes,they are thin and really light and they are so versatile,you can eat them plain,filled with fruits,ice cream sorbet,etc or toped with fruits and whipped cream.the possibilities are only as limited as you make them.

Filling the crepes with apples is one of my favorite ways of eating them,it’s easy,quick and filling.

Filling

2 apples

3 Tbsp Sugar

1 tbsp Cinnamon(adjust to your taste)

Sliced Apples

Core,peel and slice the apples or you can chop them into chucks if you refer.I like mine like this.

Sliced apples,sugar and cinnamon

Toss the Apples,sugar and Cinnamon in a pot and set aside.

For the crepes

1 Tbsp melted butter

5 heaping Tbsp Flour

1 Tbsp Sugar

Pinch of Salt

1 Egg

4 Tbsp Milk

Few drops of vanilla

7 Tbsp Water (or you can use milk if you prefer)

Put the melted butter,flour,sugar,salt,egg and 2 Tbsp milk in a bowl.Mix with a whisk or a fork(which ever you have handy),it would be very thick.This prevents lumps from forming.

Add the remaining milk and water a little at a time and keep stirring until you have added all the liquid and have a smooth batter.

Heat your frying pan and add about 3 drops of oil,rub it around the pan with a paper towel.

Pour in your batter,rotating the pan so that the batter can spread.do this quickly or the crepes would be thicker that it should be.

Cook on 1 side and turn to the other side with a spatula or your fingers.

Remove when it is done and keep on a flat surface,repeat with the remaining batter.

Cook your apples,there is no need to add water,the juice from the apples will help it cook,but stir so it does not burn.

When you are satisfied with the texture of your apples,remove from heat(some days,I like it soft,some days,I like to have a little resistance when I bite into it,so the choice is yours)

Assembling

  Lay on a Flat surface with the brown side facing down,that way,when you roll it up,it looks more attractive

 Put your apple filling on 1 end about an inch from the edge.You can use as much or as little as you want.

 Fold the long edges towards the middle.

 Lift and tuck the end as you roll it up.

  Short or long,thin or fat,it’s up to you

  Serve and top with the apple syrup left in the pot(if any).

  I served it with some Yoghurt. Delish.

Enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

You will need:

1 ‘/2 cups (172g) Flour

1 cup (201g) Sugar

1 teaspoon Salt

1/3 cup Cocoa powder

1/2 cup Oil

1 cup Water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)

For the Ganache

100g Dark Chocolate

abt 2 tablespoons oil

Mix all ingredients together until moist and well blended.

Line cupcake tins with cupcake liner and fill 2/3rds full

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F /190°C or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Set aside to cool

For the ganache

Break the chocolate into small pieces,put in a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave at 10 secs interval(after every 10 secs,bring it out to stir and return to the microwave,keep doing this until the chocolate melts)

Mix in the 2 tablespoons of oil and coat each cooled cupcake with the Ganache.

You can crumble one of the cupcakes and sprinkle it over the rest and you can also garnish with any fruit of your choice.

Enjoy