Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Recipe No: 29
Ingredients                                                   Serves 8-10
  • Unsalted Butter…………………….1 Stick/ 4 oz/8 Tablespoons
  • Semisweet Chocolate chips…..1 ¼ cups
  • Eggs……………………………………….2
  • Instant Coffee Powder…………..3/4 Teaspoon
  • Vanilla Essence……………………….1/2 Teaspoon
  • Sugar……………………………………….1/2 cup
  • All purpose flour/Maida………….1/4 cups
  • Baking powder………………………..1/4 Teaspoon
  • Salt a pinch
Method of Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F or 180˚C.
  2. Prepare an oven proof pan by applying a thin layer of butter. If you have a cooking spray, spray generously on the bottom and sides of the Pan.
  3. Heat 1 cup water in a sauce pan and place a bowl which is smaller, on top of the pan. (Double boiler) Put Chocolate chips, Butter and instant Coffee powder in the small bowl and let it melt over the simmering water. When completely melted remove the bowl of Chocolate from the hot water and let it cool.
  4. Sift together Flour, Baking powder and Salt and keep aside.
  5. In another bowl stir together Eggs, Vanilla essence and Sugar.
  6. Add cooled Chocolate to the egg mixture and combine well.
  7. Add the flour and mix till it is just combined. Don’t over mix which may result in a tough Brownie.
  8. Transfer this batter to the prepared pan.
  9. Bake it for 30 to 35 minutes or till as inserted tooth pick comes out clean or with crumbs.
  10. Serve it warm or at room temperature as a dessert or with a cup of Tea.
  11. The decoration on top of this Brownie is powdered sugar and the pattern was made with the help of a stencil.
  • Notes: Brownies can be Chewy, Fudgy or Cakey. This is more towards the Fudgy side.
  • As chocolate is temperature sensitive,  a double boiling set up is a much safer way to melt Chocolate. If you melt Chocolate directly over flame, it may scorch (Slight burning) them.
  • Broken chocolate pieces can be used instead of chocolate chips.
  • If you like you can add toasted nuts or extra Chocolate chips to the Brownie. But before adding please toss them with a Tablespoon of flour. This will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan. I stick to the plain brownies as those are my kid's favorite.
  • If you wish, you can make this in Muffin/Cup cake pans and can serve them individually. In this case the cooking time is considerably reduced to 15 to 18 minutes.
  • Cooking time for Brownies is crucial. If an inserted toothpick comes out with batter, it is considered undercooked. If it comes out with crumbs, Brownies are just done. If toothpick comes out completely clean then it is slightly overcooked. So keep a close eye towards the end of the baking time.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love…


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