Thursday, 2 August 2012

Celebrating 100th Post with Rocky Road Brownies

I am celebrating!!! There is so much celebrate... I am celebrating motherhood and will continue to, forever... I am celebrating my lovely little girl... She has an unparalleled maturity and understanding to co-operate with me and yet is so innocent and naughty at the same time... I am celebrating women empowerment... I am celebrating the fact that I have some very satisfying hobbies... Speaking of which, I celebrate baking... I celebrate blogging... And I am celebrating the 100th post on this blog. Yes my dear friends, I have achieved a century on this blog.

Honestly, when I started this blog, I did not have too much of a hope that I will be able to continue blogging at a constant pace. I was not even sure, I would be baking/cooking something special often enough to blog about it.  But this hobby has kind of grown on me. I can steal a few minutes here and there to write up a post and quickly grab my camera for a few clicks, before plating up something I have cooked. 

However, it truly has been a rocky road. I am one of the few bloggers who does not put up posts for festival specials. I miss occasions - cakes on birthdays/anniversaries are not common on my blog... The upside is that on a lazy weekend afternoon I can get into a frenzied excitement and cook up something complicated or elaborate.

So what has kept me going?

  • My lovely little girl - I owe this entirely to her. She in not a great eater... but she is a very good critic and if she loves something, the way she relishes it is very heart-warming. That expression keeps me going :) 
  • The incredible ladies out there and their wonderful blogs... They are truly awe-inspiring... Those restaurant style dishes and the artistic decoration on their baked goodies... Those perfect pictures  with the apt props... Hats off to all of you!
  • My enthusiastic and encouraging readers... You, my friends, are the true reason I strive to do better. I cannot wait to try something new and come back with another post, just to hear your feedback and comments...  
  • My family – what would I do without their support… They are so sweetly supportive of my crankiness during one of those frenzied feverish times in the kitchen
The celebration is not over yet! Friends, please stay tuned for an exciting event announcement and a fabulous giveaway.

I baked these rocky-road brownies a while back. This was a part of the pantry clearance effort. I had half a bag of "no name" mini-marshmallows. After the initial fascination, my little one had lost interest in these chewy bits and they were lying in the pantry waiting to be consumed. I looked up and found the recipe for this rich chocolaty brownie topped with marshmallow, chocolate and nuts. There is no such thing as too much chocolate. Not for me anyways.

There is a reason, I decided to mark this my 100th post - out of the 15 odd posts in the drafts folder. It was truly a delightful experience to bake this, and it is aptly named for the tempo and temperament of the last one year that I have been blogging...

I baked these, while my little girl was playing with an older girl from my neighborhood. I served them both, these brownies warm from the oven and they were overjoyed. The older girl was so excited to know that I had baked these myself and apparently that was the first thing she went and told her mother, "Amma, Aunty had made such nice chocolate brownies. It was to good". That was a wonderful complement. Thank you, Nandita! 

Rocky Road Brownies (recipe source

4 ounces (120 grams) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped - 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3/4 cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (85 grams) semi sweet or milk chocolate chips
1 cup (250 ml) miniature marshmallows (store bought or home made)
1/2 cup (50 grams) chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, and/or pistachios) -- I omitted this

Method: Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Butter, or spray with a non stick vegetable spray, an 8 inch (20 cm) square baking pan. Optionally you can line with parchment paper.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a large stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water.  Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Next, whisk in the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Finally, stir in the flour and salt.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. 

Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle the brownies with the chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows and chopped nuts.  Return the brownies to the oven and bake for about 5 minutes, or just until the marshmallows start to melt.  Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Once completely cooled, slice and serve. Makes 16 brownies.
Verdict: These are sinfully delightful. First of all, if you can wait for the brownies to cool down before you cut into it, give yourself a pat. Secondly, if you can manage to stop with one piece, give yourself one more pat on the back. If not, don't worry; occasional binging is fine :)

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Dhivya Veera said...

Congrats Priya !!! Keep it going.

Anusha Sarathy said...

Keep going Shan! You should parcel the goodies to me as and when u make :) Ha! Ha!

Julie said...

Congrats Priya,wishing many more milestones !!
yummy delicious rocky stones..:-)

Ongoing Events of Erivum Puliyum @ Spicy Aroma-Curry leaves or Red dry Chillies

Marimuthu said...

Mouth-watering images....the very look of it attests its taste....keep it up Priya....our wishes to the little one...