Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cocoa Brownies ~ a 300th post celebration

Yaaaayyyyy!!! *Happy feet* *Dancing feet*.
I did it, I am here writing my 300th post. Now donot give me bizarre looks. I know its nothing to some and I know that quizzical look that you are giving me /*300 posts in 2 years ~ thats nothing that you need to brag for...*/ Its everything to me. Its everything to a person who had nothing but a monotonous IT life prior blogging. Its everything to someone like me who never had the intention to continue one hobby.
I had umpteen hobbies, I sing, not classical but there were some who told that I had a beautiful voice and who suggested that I participate in all those reality singing competitions, I draw and paint, not only for school records but for drawing competitions too, I am a state level kho-kho and district level long jump player but never have taken it from there. Tell me to do anyone of the above said things now, I will be a total zero except in singing (I still sing but I keep them to lullaby-s for baby 'A'). I never keep a hobby for more than a year and now you can understand why it is a feat for me. So yayyy its happy dance and dancing fee(a)t for me.

So... I gave the blog a new look, a makeover, a simple polka dot backgroud and a giveaway is on the way.
So... I made these addictive cocoa brownies for celebration, as a virtual treat to your eyes, for thanking all your generosity.
So... I love you all... its bear hugs to all of you from me and 'A' and of-course baby 'A'.

On a different note, I am happy to tell you that I have started writing for Stylecraze on Health, wellness and fitness. You can see the link to the article on the right hand side gadget. Stylecraze is an online beauty community which focusses on articles related to beauty and health. Do check out the site to know more.

You see that hole in the brownie, it was created by the caramel in the bar bubbling up.

These brownies are simple to make but seriously addictive. They are fudgy but cake-y fudgy and they will truly rock your soul and its just in time for the V-day. Do try it out for your valentine and they will love you for it.

Adapted from Hershey's
Makes 9 small pieces
~*What U Need*~
Flour - 1/4 cup
Butter - 50 gm
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanilla - 1/2 tsp
Egg - 1
Cocoa powder - 2 1/2 heaped tbsp
Baking powder - 1/8 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Walnuts - 1/4 cup, chopped

How I Made it:
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla essence. Add egg and beat with a fork till fluffy. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt thrice.

Add this to the egg mixture and fold in gently. Fold the nuts and 5 star pieces. Spread in a greased pan and bake in a preheated oven @ 175C for 15-20 mins. Check after 15 mins.

Serve dusted with cocoa powder.

**My Notes:
**I used salted butter and hence skipped salt.
**I used heaped tbsps of cocoa powder and the brownie was perfectly chocolaty towards the bittersweet scale. Alter as per palatte preference.
** I halved the original recipe and got 9 pieces.
**I used half chopped walnuts and one 5 star bar cut into small pieces. Towards the end of baking the caramel in the 5 star pieces bubbled up and gave a burnt chewy texture to the brownie. This along with the melted chocolate and fudgy brownie was pure bliss.
**I baked it for 20 mins and the texture of the brownie became a bit cake-y. Check after 15 mins to get a brownie of desired texture.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

Signs off!!!

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70 comments:

  1. wow.. congrats vimitha.. and the brownies looks really gr8.. :) like ur site's new look too.. ;)

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  2. Congrats Vimitha,keep rocking and wishing u many more to go..Brownies look so tempting and got a perfect texture...

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  3. congrats for ur 300th post,perfect brownies

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  4. Congrats dear,Nice texture of brownie, came out very well!!

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  5. congrats Vimitha!the template looks good. perfect brownies .good step by step clicks

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  6. Congrats vimitha....so happy for you! thats a lovely post...infact for the chocolate month feb.

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  7. Congrats on the 300th post dear.. Brownie looks delicious..

    Love the new look of your blog.

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  8. congrats girl ! brownies look perfect for celebrating ! umm..however i liked the previous blog look :)

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  9. Congrats..looks amazing.....so tempting...

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  10. Congrats vimitha .....looks delicious

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  11. Congrats Vimitha , Looks yum as usual..

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  12. Looking great,lovely colour.
    Sai Padma Priya
    www.soundaryasbeautyworld.com

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  13. Tempts me a lots,love the texture
    Congrats dear,keep rocking!

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  14. Congrats Vimitha!...perfect way to celebrate! yum!

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  15. Congrats on your milestone. Brownies look super awesome.
    Deepa

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  16. nice write up and congrats on your 300th post dear.. like your new template too :)

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  17. Congratulations :)) Brownies looks yummm!!!

    http://vegetarianmedley.blogspot.com/

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  18. Congratulations. The brownies look good as does the new look of the site

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  19. Congratulations !
    Brownies looks super delicious..

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  20. Congratualtion on your 300 post. Brownie looks so yumm Dear... never tried before . Hope to try definitely.

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  21. Brownies look yummy:) keep going gal:)

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  22. Happy 300th post! Love your brownies and your new blog look :D

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  23. Congratulations! 300 posts in 2 years is great- that's 1 post every 2.5 days. Lovin the funky polka dots btw :)

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  24. Congrats Vimi on ur 300th post, its a great achievement while working full time and having a baby....brownies looks awesomely chocolaty....

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  25. Congratulations Vimitha...that's definitely quite a good reason to celebrate...heck I havent even reached 100 posts and I've been blogging for 1.5yrs now :-)

    and great going on the magazine write up..read your post...keep it up!!

    Regards,
    Manju
    http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com/

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  26. Congrats Vimi sure its a great achievement so happy that the blogging passion is so alive and you are sure rocking. Wish I could her you sing seriously very curious but I am glad we are connected. Wishing you many more milestones

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  27. Congrats on your 300th post , wishing many more to come. These brownies are awesome.

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  28. Hi again, there's an award waiting for you from Saturday at www.theyogivegetarian.blogspot.com :)

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  29. Congrats dear, so moist brownies, perfect treat too :-)

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  30. Congrats Vimitha,great milestone with a little baby at home..Happy for your moment & the brownies looks perfect to celebrate:)
    Loved the new look of your space too:)

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  31. wow... fantastic looking brownies... perfect for celebrating the occasion.. congratulations :)

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  32. Congrats Vimitha and more more way to come.Cocoa brownies are just perfect.

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  33. congrats Vimitha, Brownies looks great.. great way to celebrate

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  34. brownie looks yum ..Congrats and wish you many more milestones ahead

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  35. congrats vimitha
    i also saw new template and looks good
    ah i m yet to reach 150 forgetting the 300 milestone
    mine also wud do 2 yrs in couple of months
    guess im the slowest on the block ehhe

    and btw vimitha i kept wanting to ask u
    on the tabs above where it is home about me etc
    how did u put the heart icon there
    looks good dear

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  36. Congrats dear!!

    Wonderful clicks and brownie looks super good.

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  37. Congrats Vimitha...New makeover looks very good. also congrats on your 300th post.. Keep going. Like all your baking goodies and expect more from you upcoming days.

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  38. hearty congrats vimitha... the new makeover also looks really nice... lovely brownies!!! hope to see more of you...
    http://sweettoothraf.blogspot.com

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  39. Congrats dear..Kudos to your hard work..Keep rocking. Love your soft brownies..

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  40. Congrats dear, luv the new look of ur blog, i luv polka dots too.
    And the brownies look super yummy.
    Have a fantastic day ♥
    Cheers :)

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  41. Congrats Vimi,on being such a jovial blogger..Loved the entire atmosphere here..Mood of celebration is already here...
    And your brownies look perfect with moisture and texture.

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  42. Congrats on your 300th post! Glad to be a follower :)

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  43. Congratulations dear on your 300th post...Love the new makeover...and the brownies look super delicious

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  44. congrats Vimitha on your 300th post..nice and colorful template..awesome brownies...

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  45. ooolalalala... that looks cool... and u know what, there are days I dont find this comment button on ur page... has anyone else told u that?

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  46. congrats .love the brownies ,it is perfect .

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  47. Congrats on milestone post...brownies are looking so yum....

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  48. congrats dear...So u r an all rounder ! so lil one is lucky to hear ur sweet lullabies :)
    BTW Brownies look awesome..

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  49. congrats and many more to come. love the brownie.

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  50. Divine cocoa brownies! They look delicious! Happy 300th post and keep posting!!

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  51. Hi Vimitha, congratulation on your 300th post, not easy to upkeep. I see you put in lots of effort and hard work. Keep it up, hope to see more posting from you in the near future.

    Very nice brownies, very moist and super delicious. Great to go with coffee. YUM YUM
    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  52. Way to go girl, gorgeous brownies..

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  53. Congrats on your 300th post! recently started following you here.. have got to catch up with 300 recipes! :)

    Visit Food-O-Mania!

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  54. Nice space you have here and super moist brownies! Yay for your 300th post- it is too a great feat- Congratulations!

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  55. wwo..love the new look of ur blog..congrads on ur 300th post..

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  56. This indeed calls for a celebration...and this cake is just the right one!!! Congrats Vimitha!!! Good luck for many more such milestones..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  57. Yea awesome,300th post huh...congrats vimitha,thanks for visiting my space

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  58. Those brownies look yum...they are always favorite in my household :)

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  59. Congratulations, Vimitha, on all of your 300 posts! I was interested in what you had to say about your hobbies and the things you've tried out and abandoned. That's okay. How else would you know whether or not you want to do (and continue) something unless you try it out. I used to think I had to stick to whatever I did, whether or not I enjoyed it. Now I know the truth--give a good try, then make up my mind and move on to something else when the time is right. Stay as long as you want with what you love. Sweet recipe!

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  60. Congratzzz Vimitha..Wishing you the very best in the years to come!!!:-)

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  61. Brownies look awesome! congrats on completing 300 posts

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  62. Congratulations Vimithaa! You have come a long way with the recipes getting better everytime. Keep it up.

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  63. So proud of your Vimitha :) Congratulations, and hope to see your blogging for decades to come!

    Nitya
    www.samayalisai.blogspot.com

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  64. luks gorgeous n tempting..btw u didnt mentioned sugar measure.n i followed d exact recipe (added sugar 1/2c)got perfect result.but tasted like chocolate cake only..Anyway thanx 4 recipe vinee..n congrats.lets friends (close) 4m nw..happy day.

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    1. Hi Maha, thanks for trying and sharing your feedback. As I said, they are fudgy but cake-y fudgy. I suggest checking after 15 mins to get a brownie of desired texture. When you insert a tester, there should be some moist crumbs sticking to get a fudgy brownie. hope this helps dear <3

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