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Mommy’s Chocolate Fudge!

It’s mother’s day today and how lucky are we to have a mom’s recipe for a delicious chocolate fudge with a modern day twist from her daughter :).

Thank you Nimisha for sharing this hot favorite family recipe and your sweet story behind this wonderful dessert!

Guys, This is how you rock a chocolate fudge 🙂

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Ingredients:

  1. Condensed Milk ( one tin – 400 grams)
  2. Dark Chocolate (1 bar – 100 gms) ( I recommend 70% and above Lindt Dark Chocolate)
  3. Walnuts: 6-7
  4. Roasted Almonds: 10-12

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Recipe:

  • In a pan, heat the chocolate until it melts completely
  • Add the condensed milk and keep stirring to avoid lumps
  • Add crushed roasted almonds and walnuts (for roasted almonds take almonds in a bowl and add a generous pat of butter and microwave for 2 minutes)
  • Keep stirring for about 1 minute ; the condensed milk and chocolate would now begin to solidify, cook on low flame for next 5 minutes
  • Take it off the pan in a bowl
  • Let it cool and freeze (for instant cooling)

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Remember, the chocolate would remain in a semi solid state all the time – nothing would really freeze!

Enjoy eating this sinful chocolate fudge cold or at room temperature.

Substitutes of the Lindt are cocoa powder or cooking chocolate (and about 50 gms butter)

We wish all the lovely mother’s a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Love,

Nimisha, Rashi & Nupur

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Eggless Cappuccino Walnut Brownies

First of all ,  a BIG Thanks to all the foodies who have been encouraging us to keep posting new recipes ! 

We are at our experimental best and are really loving it!

So here we are , back with a special treat for your sweet tooth…. with Brownies! Of course, we have already posted recipe to the easy breezy brownies earlier, but this brownie recipe has a subtle variation, its without egg , its darker and its coffee flavored! 

But, since its dark chocolate and coffee flavored, shouldn’t it be called Mochaccino Brownies? May be! But I would still stick on calling them Cappuccino Brownies because it takes me back to the place where I first tasted it in 2009, at Angels in my Kitchen, a popular patisserie chain in New Delhi.  They have great dessert menu including these sumptuous brownies! The coffee flavored brownies have a very little yet very appreciable variation to regular chocolate brownies!  Believe me when I say, the coffee twist is a double treat! ( I am sure all Tiramisu fans would agree!)

One last thing about Brownies, before I go ahead and share this recipe:  Whenever you are baking one for yourself,  just remember,  be  it chocolate , coffee, walnut or roasted almonds…Brownies have to be gooey!  In a way that you just don’t bite on it but you chew it!

Hope you can’t wait to bake your very own brownie now.. So without any further ado, let’s begin!

This Recipe makes 9 square (2″) brownies by using a square 6″X 6″ brownie mould.

The ingredients are very basic and are generally used in all cake preparations. Yoghurt or Yogurt helps the cake to rise and acts as a replacement of  eggs.  You may also chose to use roasted almonds instead of walnuts.

The flour lining on the brownie mould prevents the base from burning or getting too crisp. It also ensures that the brownie comes out clean.

Please  wait for the brownie to completely cool down before you cut it or can crumple.  Use a cooling rack instead of plate/tray to ensure the base of the brownie doesn’t stick to the base due to moisture. 

Serving:

Serve warm brownies with tea or as desserts along with ice cream and chocolate sauce.The detailed serving suggestions have already been shared at the end of Nupur’s brownie post published earlier. The quick link is here: https://156hungerlane.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/easy-breezy-chocolate-brownies/

We hope you enjoy baking these brownies as much as you enjoy eating err..  chewing them! 🙂

Please keep sharing your experiences and feedback…….. We are hungry but we are listening!

Ciao!

Rashi

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A Car Cake

So we took the first step every newly married Indian couple looks forward to take… Add a new member to the family! Welcome home Suzanne 🙂

No, I am not pregnant; I am talking about our brand New Car!!! A lot of budget changes and test drives later, we pinned down on buying the latest Hyundai i20 Sportz.  To celebrate the homecoming of our brand new family member, I decided to bake a chocolate chip cake and carve it in the shape of my car 🙂

My first experience at carving and decorating.. Wowwww..I was super-duper excited, made multiple sketches, bought candies and food dyes and even involved my husband to use his engineering to help set dimensions as I carved the cake…All on the eventful night of the finals of the Indian Premier League 😛 ( Not the best decision, what was I thinking!!!)

Anyways, it took me 2 days to do it – One day to bake, carve and frost and the next day to decorate. You can also do it in one day. I made it on a weekday with office to attend and so had to split work. The cake I baked for the car was a chocolate cake. This recipe makes a cake that doesn’t have too many crumbs when you carve it. This cake is perfect for carving and making designer cakes.


Preheat the oven at 180 deg. Beat 3 eggs with 1tsp vanilla essence. Don’t waste too much energy into beating. Add sugar, butter and beat again to make the wet mixture. Make sure that the sugar has mixed well and the mixture is smooth.  Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder separately and add to the wet mixture. Add some chocolate chips to it if you like bursts of chocolate in the cake as you eat. Mix well.  Line your baking dish with butter paper or spray oil and dust some flour to ensure that your cake comes out in 1 piece 🙂 Put the batter to the tin and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until completely cooked. The cooking time will vary, depending on the size and shape of your cake tin.

While the cake bakes, start working on your frosting and filling for the cake. My husband and I are not very fond of fondant. We don’t particularly enjoy the taste, so I went for the basic vanilla butter cream frosting with a twist of Mango (in season!) and a Chocolate Ganache filling.

Start by taking 1/3 cup of plain unsalted butter and whisk it until it is smooth and at room temperature. Now add 1 cup of powdered sugar in it, 1/3rd at a time, mixing it to ensure it blends properly without any lumps. Once done, add 1 tsp of vanilla essence, 2 tsp of heavy cream and mix. You are done! For my cake, I added mango puree to the frosting. It didn’t quite blend well but tasted really delicious. You can also use food coloring. I didn’t go for it as my food coloring tasted really bad and the frosting tasted wax like with it. You don’t really get good food colors easily in India. Another option to make it yellow could be saffron soaked in a little milk. Mix a pinch of it in hot milk and let it leave its color. Let the milk cool before you add to the mixture.

 

  • 1 Cadbury’s dairy milk chocolate bar and half of equivalent amount of dark chocolate chips.
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum (optional)

This is my easy breezy recipe and makes great Chocolate Ganache. This is a really easy recipe and one that can easily impress your guests because of the fancy name :). Kids love it, adults love it, oldies love it… you just can’t get enough of it.. Yummmm!

Start by chopping your chocolate bar into really small pieces. Mix the dark chocolate chips and keep it on a double boiler to melt. Never expose chocolate to direct heat. Add cream to the chocolate mix. Stir till the time you get a nice velvety texture and DONE! Get your kids to make it. They will have lots of fun!

Variations: You can keep whisking the mixture to make it lighter and fluffier. Keep it for some time and it gets more dense. If you are using it as a filling, like in my case I did, I used the denser version. If you use it as a frosting, use the lighter version. If the cake is for adults, you can add a tablespoon of good quality dark rum and see the difference for yourself ;P.

Leftovers:

Have left overs? No worries… Put it in between 2 biscuits and you get chocolate cream filled biscuits. Great with evening tea or for your kids with Milk. Ganache also stays absolutely fine in the fridge for a month and in the freezer for about 3 months. Store it in an airtight bag/container. Alternately, you can make Chocolate Truffles!

To make the Chocolate Truffles, just chill the leftover Ganache for a few hours in the fridge until it is set.  Then roll it into small balls and coat it with cocoa powder. And they are ready! You can also coat with your favorite nuts like walnuts, pistachios etc. Play with your favorite flavors 🙂

The cake.

If you are making a particular shape, make sure you have thought through the dimensions. Make some sketches so that you can constantly refer to them and then start your carving. Once you have carved your cake and it looks like a car, use your frosting to give a crumb coat. This basically means putting a thin layer frosting all over it to ensure you seal in all the crumbs. Keep it in the fridge to set for 30-45 minutes. Now give the final frosting coat and decorate to will!

 Here is the final Product! I used the Chocolate Ganache as filling for the cake and also piped it to make the car’s features. Use M&M’s or Gems (Indian M&M) to make the headlights.

Do try this recipe and let me know what do you think of my cake? If you have an interesting idea, you would like to share, we would love to hear from you!

Cheers,

Nupur

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