As the first showers of the monsoons lash against your window, nothing quite matches up to a warm chocolate brownie and a mug of piping hot coffee. Kanda bhaji and garam chai also has quite the same effect, but we chocolate lovers have our devilish desires!
While our biryani recipe did demand your blood and sweat, our lip smacking brownie recipe is quite the opposite. Gets done in a jiffy. Yes it does! In no time you will be tucking into a hot brownie and sipping a hot cappuccino (we prefer filter kaapi though) by your window!
Our chocolate cravings luckily helped us stumble upon this effortless recipe here.
The Chatore couple does have a wild imagination when it comes to chocolate. A splash of alcohol and some zesty orange ….and we have the makings of a runaway chocolate loaded hit!
So here is the Chatore version of Rum Laced Chocolate brownies:
- 1/2 cup butter ( we used Amul)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp orange essence
- 2 eggs
- A handful of walnuts or almonds or both
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour ( maida also works well)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Grease a 10” square/round baking pan. The shape doesn’t matter, as long as you cut your brownies into beautiful squares in the end.
- Microwave the butter for around 30 – 40 seconds
- Bring the butter out, pop in the sugar and orange essence. Blend this mixture very well. We used an electric hand mixer, but a good quality egg whisker would work well too.
- Pop in the eggs and beat yet again.
- Add the cocoa into your bowl next. Blend well again.
- The star of your brownies now makes a dynamic entry! The alcohol! Splash in your rum at this point. Your heart could decide the quantity of this ingredient. It could be a splash or may be more…or maybe a little more! It’s all up to you. If you like bitter chocolate, then this will work brilliantly on your palette.
- Then pop in the flour and the baking powder. Gently fold these into your chocolate concoction. Remember not to beat the mixture this time round, else your brownies will sink!
- Add some grated walnut for texture and some whole walnuts for the crunch!
- Pour this mixture into your baking pan and bake for around 30 minutes. The duration could vary depending on your oven.So, after 30 minutes, do a quick toothpick test. If the toothpick doesn’t come out clean, pop in your pan back into the oven for around 5- 10 minutes or use your judgement.
Once the cake is done, get it out of the oven and let it cool.Don’t cut it up till it has cooled down completely, else it will crumble. So patience is key here!
Once the cake is cooled and your coffee is ready, cut up your brownies into beautiful squares.
We didn’t dress up our brownies since we believe, less is more. No, we are lying. We didn’t dress them up since we were greedy and couldn’t wait to gobble them up! You, on the other hand, could have them with whipped cream, chocolate sauce or fresh fruits!