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That perfect brownie

18 Feb Perfect chocolate brownies with ice cream and chocolate sauce

After a few failed attempts, I’ve finally, finally found that perfect brownie recipe.  It isn’t just me that keeps making massive mistakes (I hope not anyway) but rather I just needed to find a recipe that suited my taste.  And I’ve found it.

Perfect chocolate brownies with ice cream and chocolate sauceI’ve been posting regularly on my Food Wonders blog, and the successful brownie recipe has been proudly uploaded.  It’s so easy, only 5 ingredients: dark chocolate, unsalted butter, sugar, plain flour and eggs.

A good friend of mine pointed me in the right direction.  There is an amazing bakery here in London called the Hummingbird bakery.  They focus on American style baking and their red velvet cupcakes are to die for.  I actually never had their chocolate brownies before until now.

My husband’s absolutely favourite dessert is a warm fudgy chocolate brownie with hot chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.  He doesn’t really care much for cakes and in general baked goods, as I’ve mentioned before.  However, if a chocolate brownie is on the menu then he simply cannot resist!

As it was Valentine’s day last week, I decided that I must make this dessert and try, yet another brownie recipe.  I think I was just as excited about these brownies tasting so amazing as my husband.  Finally, no more searching is required!

Please check out this recipe on my Food wonders blog and sign up for the monthly newsletter!  Cheers.

 

Apple and Rhubarb crumble

19 Apr

Having lived in England for over 6 years now, I really have embraced the English puddings (desserts).  They are really hearty and hit the spot when it’s cold.  Which is fortunate as it’s cold all the time – especially this week!

I have never cooked rhubarb before, so this was a new experience for me.  I was planning to make homemade custard to serve with the crumble, but I got impatient and lazy and a quick dash to the local shop for prepared custard hit the spot.

I got the recipe from this website

2 large green apples (Bramley apples if you can), cut into cubes
450 gr (approx 4 stalks) rhubarb, cut into bite sized pieces
45 gr soft brown sugar (for the fruit mixture)
3 whole cloves
cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
200 gr plain flour
75 gr butter, cut into small cubes
75 gr soft brown sugar (for the crumble)
 

Heat the oven to 180 C / 350 F.

Add to a saucepan, the apples, rhubarb, sugar, cloves, cinnamon and enough water to cover half of the fruit.  Bring to the boil and simmer until the fruit is soft, mixing every so often.  This will take 10 – 15 minutes.  Remove the cloves and cinnamon stick, if used.  If there is any excess water, remove from the cooked fruit mixture.

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar and with your fingers rub in the butter until it has all been mixed thoroughly and the flour mixture is slightly yellow.

In a baking pan, add the fruit and then sprinkle on the flour (crumble) mixture.  Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 to 40 minutes until lightly brown and cooked through.

Serve with homemade (or bought!) custard, or cream, or vanilla ice-cream.  Enjoy!