I was at a Mumbai Food Bloggers meet last week (first of a kind for me) and an interesting one at that. I have not got around to writing a post of my own for it considering I have been busy reading the other blogs being posted practically everyday by the 15 odd fantastic Bloggers I met at the do. But it wont be long before my readers get a glimpse of what I experienced that night! till next time...
Meanwhile, a lazy Sunday afternoon, woke up late, bored to make lunch - so I get down to rummaging my refrigerator for something to nibble. Considered a TV meal? Popcorn was the only thing available. Considered salad? the iceberg had frozen over in the vegetable compartment (check, to call the Samsung tech assist tomorrow). Even considered stepping out for a fun brunch? but too lazy. Well the only thing which caught my eye was a leftover piece of Brownie from last night's post party takeaway. I had decided - it was going to be a dessert lunch.Why not indulge and skip lunch altogether, a tryst with sizzling brownie was exactly what the doctor had ordered.
I usually am not too fond of Ice-creams, Gelatos to an extent are good but only if made well. But my favourite combination has always been warmed or heated brownie or any baked base, topped with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice-cream and doused with home-made chocolate sauce. Simple, Sinful, Decadent and Sizzling.
Of course, I wont bore you with a whole baking session of making this dessert from scratch this time, but you could skip over to your phone to order in a brownie(s) and whip this delightful indulgence to enlighten your weekend.
1/4 cup Chocolate Sauce
1 scoop Vanilla Ice-Cream
Roasted Nuts (Optional)
For the Chocolate Sauce:
1/4 cup Drinking Chocolate
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 Bar Dark Cooking Chocolate (broken into little pieces)
3 tablsp Sugar
1/4 cup Milk
1 tsp Cornflour (mixed with 2 tsp of water)
A drop of Vanilla Essence
1 tsp Butter
In a large bowl, mix the powders and sugar together. Slowly add the milk and mix well to ensure all the lumps are removed. Add the chocolate bits and about one fourth cup of chilled water and mix well till you get a thin consistency. Do not worry about the chocolate bits they will melt in the next step.
On a low flame, heat the chocolate mix and gently stir till it is simmering and the chocolate bits have melted. After about a minute, it will start to bubble, immediately add the cornflour-water mix and turn off the heat. Stir well till thickened, add the vanilla and butter. Stir again and leave to cool.
Note: You can avoid the cooking chocolate, it just adds a bitter-sweet taste to the sauce, but turns out perfectly good without it as well.
Heat a sizzler plate (or in case you don't have access to one, use an edged dosa tawa). Remove from the heat and place the brownie on it, top with a scoop of ice-cream, nuts and drizzle the prepared chocolate sauce allowing some of it to fall on the sizzler plate/tawa. Enjoy hot but be careful of the brownie - these thing's get quite hot.