Ferraro Rocher brownies

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What do you do with leftover chocolates!!! how can you make chocolate better!! What could be better than chocolates!! Turn them into oyeeee goyeeeee brownies!!!

I had like about three boxes of chocolates around! and even I thought to myself this is a bit more than I would like to see consumed or spoilt in a few days. So I had to figure out to make a use of it!

My solution… Make a big batch of brownies and freeze some for those desperate cravings or for five minute gorgeous desserts orrrrrr to binge eat with a tub of vanilla ice cream!!!!

My absolute fav brownie recipe is surprisingly easy Is adapted from one of olllld Nigella Lawsons recipes. But is an absolute go to and a smacker evvvvverytime! And this time was no exception even if the ingredients were not as fancy as one would imagine!

Ingredients

Butter                                                    300 gms

white sugar                                           150 gms

brown sugar packed                           150 gms

cocoa powder                                        3/4 cups

eggs                                                          4

baking soda                                           1/2 tsp

flour                                                         2 cups

ferraro rocher chocolate chopped    1 cup

Method

  1. In a sauce pan melt the butter. Add the sugars and let them all melt .
  2. Add cocoa powder and flour to it as well.
  3. Remove from heat and add the vanilla essence and eggs one at a time.
  4. Make sure the melted butter and sugars are not hot enough to turn it into scrambled eggs.
  5. In the end add the chocolate rubble and stir it all with a wooden spoon.
  6. Pour in a tin foil mould for easy removal and cleaning and bake in te oven for about 320 C.
  7. Let it cool. n enjoy.

It can last in the freezer for about three months.

The secret to most amazzing fudgy from the inside and cracking from the top brownies is in removing it out of the oven while the toothipck inserted comes out with abt three to four dots of the batter. That way the brownies are cooked through but not dried out!

Juuuust perfect!

Healthy Date Balls Platter

Well we have reached the end of ramadan!!

By this time we have fallen into our jumbled up routines.. Sleep backlogs and Iftar dinners are all catching up alongwith eid shopping and last ashra nights..  (fuuun!!!!)

But don’t get me wrong!!

I absolutely love making iftars and preparing for iftar and the iftar parties… the anticipation of food and our taste buds that dwelled on pakoras and samosa chaats on growing up just keep pushing for the same

Dates are an essential Iftar feature world over!! They are packed with energy and are the perfect first thing to eat that is sweet and nutritious and gives an energy boost without overwhelming the taste buds or intestines!!

It is a scientific fact that they  regulate the digestive process and can significantly boost energy levels in people within half an hour of consuming it. Other than being a good source of various vitamins and minerals they are packed with energy, sugar and fiber. along with several essential minerals such as calcium, iron, and zinc.

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With all the Iftars lined up and the hectic schedule of suhoor and babies and life.. So to make things easier and healthier One of the things I love to add to my Iftar table is to create this big date platter! I love to upgrade my dates with this easy additional toppings which makes a total Iftar statement and is delicious as it is good to look at!!

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My date platter consists of dates filled with nuts! I prefer almonds or walnuts! You can experiment with your favorite kind like cashew nuts or pistachios which in my opinion would work well!!

My favorite element to add are the whipped cream filled dates!!!! They are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!! If you have never had them before you have got to give them a try!!!! Simply whip u pcream and add vanilla essence and sugar to taste!(obviously this needs to be done when you are not fasting) And fill up the dates with the whipped cream! And sprinkle some freshly shredded coconut on top!! Heavenly delightful!!!

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The third element that I add to my date Iftar centerpiece are the good ol’ date balls!! I have a really sweet tender spot for the energy bars and the healthy snack items that consist of dates! In my routine life I always rely on dates as a snack option and the healthy energy bite sized balls are top of the list! You can use your favorite recipe or any that you find intriguing and easy!

Mine is a super simple combo of date paste+nuts+graham crackers+shredded coconut! Simply mix up these ingredients to taste!! I don’t even use blender!!! Just pop them all in and use a wooden spoon to mash up everything!( ofcourse nuts would require previous chopping!!) When you are happy with the mixture! Just roll them into bite sized balls! Or the way I like it table tennis ball sized date balls!!

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I always have the date mixture on hand to be replenished after every Iftar!! And my faily loves to nibble it all down slowly over the last ashra till its all gone by the end of Ramadan!! 🙂

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They are healthy and fun and like any effective centerpiece a great conversational starter!! The perfect way to treat your guests to a fantastic Iftar!! And they make iftar a breeze! Well in style!! 😉

Almond filled dates

Dates (the amount your choice of centerpiece requires)    30

almonds (choice of nuts)                                                               30

Method:

  1. Slit the dates from the center and pit it out.
  2. Place the almond instead and place in the centerpiece around the edge.

Sweet Cream filled dates

Ingredients:

Dates (the amount your choice of centerpiece requires)    20

cream                                                                                                   1/4 cup

sugar                                                                                                     1 tablespoon (or to taste)

vanilla essence                                                                                   2-3 drops

shredded coconut                                                                             2 Tablespoon

Method: 

  1. Pit the dates.
  2. Whip up the cream.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla essence. And mix.
  4. Using a spoon fill the open dates with the cream.
  5. Top with shredded coconut.

 

Date Balls

Ingredients:

Dates/Date paste                                                                              1 cup

shredded nuts                                                                                   1/2 cup

shredded coconut                                                                             1/2 cup

graham crackers                                                                               1 packet (abt 10 pieces)

Method:

  1. Pit and puree the dates (If required).
  2. Add in the shredded nuts,shredded coconut, mashed graham crackers.
  3. Use a wooden spoon to bring it all together.
  4. Make golf ball sized balls of the mixture.
  5. Roll the balls in a plate of shredded coconut for garnish.
  6. Enjoy!

Always keep the spare mixture on hand for replenishing your platter till it stays with you till the end of the Holy month!

Enjoy these recipes and Soak up the rest of Ramadan!!

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Easy Chocolate cupcakes with MnM choc ganache

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What every parent should do on a Friday morning or a Saturday or a Sunday morning???

Bake Chocolate cupcakes with kids!!! and than take them on the other level with chocolate ganache!!! and than make kids fall in love with them(if they aren’t ecstatic already!!) even more with some tossed crushed (or whole) mnms on them… 🙂 Best and yummiest PJ activity!! Now does that image not bring a smile to your face or what?!

 

 

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My daughter wakes up every Friday morning before us! Well us being super lazy after a night out and dizzy after the week. But kids hardly know that. She wakes up bursting with energy as usual and is eager to jump right ahead on the weekend! which is not possible always. She bursts into our room in her PJs (well sometimes she gets dressed by herself too before bursting in!) and demands cereal and movie or her ipad! considering we are still asleep! Most often we succumb and she is set up for an hour or two, but then what! she is bored and up to mischief.. and our groggy noises aren’t doing any good 🙂

So? solution: Friday morning is the cooking time in our family.

😀 😀 😀 🙂 🙂 🙂

We bake, we whisk we laugh, we crack eggs, we scoop, we measure, sometimes spill (uh-oh), and kids love that!! There are plenty of easy recipes out there which are kid friendly but require parental guidance ofcourse! I tend to make my own. One of the best options is always to make cupcakes!!! and its also the first one she demands to do.

 

 

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So this time we are doing CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE GANACHE AND MnMs

She is responsible for : whisking, measuring, cracking eggs, pouring, smashing mnms and eating. 🙂

Enjoy the recipe!!!
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CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE GANACHE AND MnMs

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Flour                               2 cups

Oil                                    1 cup

Eggs                                 3

milk                                 1 cup

cocoa powder                1/2 cup

baking soda                   1 tsp

baking powder              1 tsp

sugar                               1 1/4 cup

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Method:

1. Turn on the oven at about 250 C. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and brush with oil lightly. Set aside.

2. In a bowl combine all the wet ingredients, and whisk well.

3. Combine all the dry ingredients.

4. slowly add the dry ingredients one cup at a time while whisking into the wet ingredients. Continue till the batter is thoroughly mixed.

5. Pour it into the cupcake tray and bake for about 20 mins or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Chocolate gananche

Ingredients:

Chocolate bar              40 gm(your fav bar)

butter                             1 tbsp

milk                               2 tsp

Method:

1. melt the chocolate in a bowl set in boiling water. add butter and milk and whisk. Add more butter to add gloss and more milk for better consistency and thinning.

And there you go! beautiful silky ganache ready to be licked and dipped 🙂

 

 

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To Decorate:

Take each cupcake and submerge the top in the ganache. Rotate it a bit and take it out!!

 

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Top with crushed or whole MnMs!!! Heaven!!!!!

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Well now our Friday mornings are not full of sleep ins, but they are definitely much more sweeter and rewarding and fun!

 

Healthy Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

easy healthy chocolate chip oat cookies

 

 

easy oatmeal chocolate cookies

 

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easy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

easy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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easy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

EASY HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP OAT COOKIES

 

Oats  2 cups

flour  1 cup

mashed bananas   3

butter   100 gm

dark choc chips or chunks

 

Recipe

1. Combine all the ingredients,except choc chips, together and stir them really well with a wooden spoon till they resemble a dough.

2. Add another mashed banana if the dough is still loose.

3. Grease hands with bit of olive oil and make balls. Flatten each ball to form a cookie and place choc chips on top.

4. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with greased parchemnt paper. Bake on 250 C for 15-20 mins or until lightly golden brown.

5. Remove, cool down and enjoy!