Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Dark chocolate brownies with salted caramel sauce

So, it's been a busy week and I've been craving some good old chocolate. I never seem to get enough chocolate. It seems to be the answer to everything and a cure for my mood swings. And my new favorite treat is salted caramel. The first time I had it was a true "OMG" moment! It's just fabulous. It goes with almost everything. My favorites would be crunchy salted caramel cake and apple pie with salted caramel sauce. Even better, it tastes AMAZING with vanilla ice cream.

So, being the chocoholic that I am, I had to try the sauce with something chocolate. Well, it worked. It's rich, fudgy and gooey! Being a dentist, I really don't have too much time to dedicate to food, at least not as much as I would like anyway. Multitasking is my solution. It doesn't always work, but I try.

What I suggest is to make the caramel sauce and store it in the refrigerator to use as and when required. The brownies are relatively simple to make. I usually use chocolate (cooking chocolate) to make my brownies, but I realized I had run out, so used some cocoa instead. But you definitely get a much "fudgier" brownie if you use chocolate instead of cocoa.

This brownie is rich and not too sweet. I really dislike desserts being a little too sweet. I find that in many Indian desserts like jalebi, jamoon, etc.

This dessert tastes amazing with ice cream as well (if you want to fatten it up some more :-) )!

Recipe for the sauce:

- 2 cups sugar
-1/2 cup cream
-3 tablespoons butter
- 1-2 teaspoons kosher salt

Heat the sugar in a saucepan till it turns amber (this step sounds easier than it is - don't let the sugar burn).
Add the butter and gently whisk it in.
Next, add the cream slowly (it may splatter, so be careful) and bring the whole mixture to simmer.
Add the salt.
Bring it down to room temperature and use it or refrigerate it.

Brownie Recipe

2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
3/4 cup cocoa
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup chopped roasted nuts (almonds,walnuts, etc.) optional

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line your tray with baking paper.
Cream the butter, sugar and eggs together.
Sift the dry ingredients and fold it into the wet mixture.
Add vanilla and then the nuts.
Bake for 20-25 mins.
Cut into squares after cooling and pour the sauce over it.

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