One of the queries that I frequently get through mails/comments is about baking in Microwave (MW). I do not bake in MW, so I was unable to give satisfactory answers to those queries. Since the queries kept coming, I had to find a way. What better way than to ask somebody who uses MW for baking, that too an expert at it, to clarify all these doubts, right?.
The first person came to my mind was Divya of Easycooking. I'm sure you have seen her beautiful blog loaded with all those wonderful baked goodies. I remember reading in her blog that she uses MW for baking. Sent her a mail and she was kind enough to do it. Thanks a lot Divs, for taking time to do this.
Btw, I'm not sure whether you remember… Divs and me were batch mates in college for 5 years! Though we studied different subjects at that time, little did we know that both of us would end up doing the same thing later in life, food blogging :) I do hope this posts help you with all your MW baking related doubts. If you do have any additional doubts/queries, please post it in the comments section. Divs has agreed to answer it for you, isnt that great?
Over to Divs now…
Some time back,Maria asked me to do a guest post on her blog.I start panicking when someone asks me for a guest post.Reason being,it has to be on par with the posts on that particular blog and it should entertain the readers in a similar way(if not same)like the author's own posts.Now that is a difficult thing to achieve,right?Especially with a blog like Maria's!
Maria,of Mariasmenu is more than a fellow blogger to me.We've studied together in the same college for 5 years without knowing that few years later,we'll connect again through food blogging.I'd been following Mariasmenu much before I started blogging without knowing that she is actually my fellow college mate!
For the same reason,I am hoping that she'd forgive me for taking so long to do this for her.I hope I can do justice to your blog readers Maria.–
Baking intimidates many,including me.Yes,it happens to me too.The only aspect of baking I do not like is that,it can put you in your place sometimes.One day,you'll be all confident and bake a delicious cake or cookie and another day,it will fall flat on you.Or is it only me?
Such times,to pull me back into my baking spree,I resort to simple and easy recipes.This is one such recipe.Baking brownies is apparently an easy step into baking.I say apparently because,to get perfect brownies,I've had to try a lot of recipes.Once you get the hang of it though,there's just no stopping.I mean,who can resist sinful chocolate brownies with a dash of chocolate sauce and some ice-cream on the side?NO one,I know.
Many a times,the initial step to making a brownie intimidates many.Double boiling or melting the chocolate or not over beating the batter might sound difficult in the beginning but believe me there is nothing more easier!
I've chosen a very simple brownie that you can whip up in no time.It is a basic recipe in which you can add your own twists.As usual,the recipe is from Joy of Baking which by itself makes it a no-fail recipe:)
Recipe source – Joy of Baking
Here are the step by step pictures…
Grease and line an 8′ square baking tin.Preheat oven to 190C. In a Micro-proof bowl add butter and chocolate and microwave on full power for 1 minute.Stir the mix till the chocolate is melted.If any chocolate chunks remain,microwave for another 30 seconds.(you can do this on stove top too by double boiling the bowl of chocolate and butter).
Mix in the instant coffee powder,cocoa powder and caster sugar and beat.
Add in the eggs one by one,beating well after each addition.Stir in the vanilla. Add flour,salt and beat well. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts and give a final mix.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 30-35 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean(a few moist crumbs here and there is fine as the brownie continues cooking as it cools down). Let the brownie cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then remove from the tin and continue cooling on the wire rack. When completely cool,cut the brownie into 16 pieces,a dough scraper works best here.