Brownies

Hi again,

Yes, yes, I know that everyone has at least 10 different recipes of brownies… but maybe someone only has 9!! So they need this one to complete it! And maybe someone needs a fresh brownie recipe.. so here it is.

I once heard that the brownies were originally made by a librarian who forgot to put baking powder to a chocolate cake!

These are great when you don’t know what to bring to a special occasion, and when you don’t have time! They always taste good.

Here it is the all American, all chocolate, brownie!

Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz (65 g) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup of (125 grams) of all purpose plain flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 grams) of unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar ( 250 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon and a half of vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream (60 grams)
  • 2/3 (90 grams) of chopped walnuts

Directions:

1- Preheat the oven to 325ºF (165ºC). Melt the chocolate with the butter in the top of a double boiler ( in Barcelona the double boiler is called el bany Maria). Let is cool a bit.

2- Mix the eggs with the sugar in a large bowl. Mix it during 3 minutes until it gets a light color. Slowly beat in the chocolate mixture. Stir in the vanilla, sift in the flour, mixing well. Stir in the salt, sour cream and walnuts.

3- Pour the batter into a greased 8 inches (20 cm) square cake pan. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean of the center, around 25-30 minutes.

4- Let it cool

Enjoy!!

That’s it, fast and vibrant! The key here is that you need to get a 8 inch cake pan to do it, if not, it will not come out as a brownie, and you shall have invented another thing!

The walnuts are optional, not everyone likes them.

You can heat them a little bit before serving and melt a bit more of chocolate and spread it out on top, the result is astonashingly good. And if you want to go over the top, do some vanilla ice-cream to accompany it, then you have a amazing desert! As you can see in the picture.

Soon, I’ll post the vanilla ice-cream recipe!! From scratch!

If anyone has any requests for any recipe, just ask, and I’ll see what I can do.

See you next time!

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Crêpes

The third time in one day, I’m on fire!! Literally.. because these crêpes are gonna be on fire.. !

Well, what we have here is a very basic French crêpe recipe. Remember that the crêpes are not pancakes..

The crêpes are to be combined in many ways. Chocolate, honey, cream, strawberries, yogurt… anything! YOu have to use your imagination. But for those who have never tried them, i recommend basic chocolate, honey and jam!

Well, here it is!

Crêpes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Orange peel ( grated)
  • Cognac

Directions:

In a large bowl, insert the water and the milk, after that sift in the flour and stir until there is no little bubbles or grains of flour. Add the sugar, salt and the butter. After that add the eggs. Stir well. Add the orange peel and if you want some anise to aromatize it.

Leave the mixture in the fridge for 1 hour.

Heat a girdle and butter it so the crêpes wont stick. Pour some of the batter onto the gridle and spread it out tilting the pan in a circular motion. You have to have a even surface ( more or less )

You turn the crêpe over once the crêpe has a golden color with a fork. Once turned, more or less after 30 seconds more and they will be done.When you are going to serve them, you can add a little cognac and flame it, right after you have flamed it, you can add the jam, honey, sugar, maple syrup whatever you wish!

I recommend chocolate for those chocolate lovers. But you must add the chocolate onto the crêpe once you’ve flipped it. So it well partly  melt and the result is amazing. Try them with anything you imagine! Strawberries with yogurt, ice cream, sliced orange with honey (the recipe is also on my blog).. all of these are very healthy and really really tasty.

And that’s it!!!

 

On what occasion shall you do this? You can do it for your couple, surprise him/her with some crêpes with some fresh orange jucie brekfast at the morning! Snacks.. any time is great!

 

See you next time, and enjoy!

Dijon Croque Monsieur

Hello there!

Finally I’m back, it’s been a long month full of exams and hard dedication to my studies and now I can invest some time into a few new recipes!

For this one we will be going French! Oui Oui, François! This is a really simple recipe that’s famous in France. If you ever go to Paris, you have to ask for  a Dijon Croque Monsieur. It’s similar to a grilled cheese sandwich, only that it’s a bit more elaborated!

For this recipe you’ll need to go buy some specific ingredients. But don’t worry, you wont need to go to France to buy them! They are all at your local grocery shop!

I recommend you do this recipe when you have a few friends over, and you want to do something different, with a unique taste, and that you don’t feel like making a big meal. It can also be a great snack while watching any sports match!

Monsieurs, madams, ici c’est la recette:

Le Dijon Crôque Monsieur

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise
  • 8 slices Italian bread
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced ham
  •  Gruyère cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk

Directions:

1- Stir mustard and mayonnaise in a small bowl until you can only see one color. Spread the  mustard mixture over the slices of bread. Each slice should be covered with a slice of ham and a slice of cheese. Sprinkle evenly with pepper. spread the mustard mixture on the top slice of bread and put on top of the cheese. You should have a “sandwich” now, with first layer Bread, second layer Mustard mix, third layer ham, fourth cheese and sixth mustard mix with bread.

2- Combine the egg and milk in a  bowl ( small one ). And dip both sides of the sand which in the egg mixture. Or with  a brush spread out the  egg mixture on both sides.

3- Heat a large griddle, put a little of oil so it wont stick, put it at medium heat and ad the sandwiches to the pan. More or less it should be three minutes until its brown at the sides and the Cheese is melted

And that’s it!

This is  a perfect snack after a long day. And it’s also great to share with friends. I recommend everyone to try it.

See you next time!

Blueberry Muffins

Today’s recipe is dedicated to the simple but great Blueberry Muffin. There are a few things I cannot say no to. One of them is in eating this muffin.It isn’t possible to associate any negative memory to it, and if you’re having a bad time or starting the day in a bad mood, the seducing smell of the muffin and the first taste of the blueberry on you’re tongue will for sure put a smile on your face. Remember that if you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours..  or give him a homemade muffin, cookie.. something you made just for him. That will make their day for sure !

– Well, enough with the chatter, we want a recipe !!! .

– Alright.. here it goes !

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup of blueberries (4 oz / 125g)
  2. 2 cups of plain flour (8 oz / 250g)
  3. 1/2 cup of sugar (4 oz / 125g)
  4. 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  5. A pinch of salt
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 teaspoon of lemon zest or orange peel
  8. 1/4 cup of unsalted butter, partley melted (2 oz / 60g)
  9. 1 cup of milk or half milk half buttermilk ( 250ml )
  10. Granulated nuts (optional)

Directions

– Preheat the oven to 370ºC (185ºC). Put the blueberris with a tablespoon of sifted flour in a bowl and set aside.

– Sift the flower and mix it with the sugar, organe peel, butter and milk. Then add the blueberrys. Mix it manually.

– Drop the dough into greased muffin pans filling each one about half – two thirds full. Bake untill golden and firm for about 25 minutes. Remove them from the oven and wait for them to cool a bit.

I preffer putting lemon zest with the blueberreis aside. It give it a special flavour to the blueberry. Or with the sugars first. Try different combinations!

And that’s it !

Remember that a blueberry muffin is very comforting, so making a brekfast of blueberry muffin, organe juice, milk, whatever your combination is, will make the person who you are making it too start the day with a lot of energy and best of all with a smile on his/her face! Or.. yours!

Enjoy !