There is something about having a cold dessert on a cold day. I can’t take the cold very well and with all the rain that we have been getting in the past weeks, I hurry myself to my preheated bed as soon as dinner is over. Despite that, I often find myself craving for my big cone of ice-cream or a good scoop of gelato, on a freezing cold day and with Spring in the air, I have a huge desire to make berry coulis and drizzle it on everything.
When I made this double chocolate chip brownies, the sugar rush that hit me after several good mouthfuls, was out of control. For a person who “heart” her desserts, these brownies were a little over the top on the sugar scale. I had that moment of, the heart said no to the chocolate chips but the head said yes. I should have omitted the chocolate chips but obviously I did not go with my gut and pop they went into the batter. So now, how are we going to go through this whole container of brownies? Introducing Brownie Trifle. My new favourite thing.
I must confess that I didn’t make the vanilla gelato. With a semi-working freezer, there is no way I’m even going to attempt making any sort of ice-cream or gelato. For now, store-bought ones will do. Tear up the brownies, layer it with gelato, drizzle a generous amount of strawberry coulis, a sprinkle of chocolate chips, a good handful of chopped strawberries and finish it off with a sprig of fresh chocolate mint. The coldness of the gelato with the freshness of the coulis and mint takes the sweetness away from the brownies. Perfect.
To think that in my early 20s, desserts were not included in my diet, I feel that I have a lot of catching up to do.
Double Chocolate Chips Brownies
What you will need:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup semisweet choc chips
200g dark chocolate (I used 70%)
3 large eggs
Here is how:
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line & grease 9″x9″ square baking pan.
In a small bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt & set aside.
Place butter & chocolate in a bowl over double boiler. Melt until smooth. Remove from heat.
Add in sugar, mix to combine.
Add eggs & mix to combine.
Add flour mixture & mix just until moistened (do not overmix).
Add choc chips.
Transfer to pan & smooth top.
Bake for 45mins-50mins. Cool in pan for 30mins.
Transfer brownies onto wire rack and cool completely.
Use serrated knife and cut into squares.
Note: You may choose to omit the choc chips or lessen it.
When melting the chocolate and butter over double boiler, make sure the hot simmering water is not touching the bottom of the bowl.
Always put in the butter into the bowl before the chocolate so the chocolate don’t burn.
What you will Need:
2 tbs lemon juice
Here is how:
Wash, hull and chop the strawberries.
Place all the ingredients into the food processor.
Blitz till smooth.
Strain the mixture into a bowl.
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