Cranberry and Black Raisin Dark Chocolate Brownies

It was a quiet weekend. So I made a batch of brownies. February is here but still the sun sets early. Winter isn’t going away anytime soon. This batch had a flaky surface due to a little more butter I used this time.

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Cranberry and Black Raisin Dark Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:

Unsalted butter: 1/2 cup

Granulated sugar: 3/4 cup, powdered

Large egg: 1(at room temperature)

Canola oil: 1 tbsp

Almond extract: 1 tsp

70% cocoa containing dark chocolate bar: 2 squares,approx. 1.5 inches,chopped into chunks

All-purpose flour: 1 cup

Cocoa powder: 1/2 cup

Baking soda: 1/2 tsp

Dried cranberries: 1/2 cup

Dried black raisins: 1/4 cup, deseeded

Salt: 1/2 tsp

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Method:

Take a mixing bowl add melted butter,sugar and mix with a hand blender.Add the almond extract and oil to it and mix well.To this add the egg ( well beaten beforehand ) and your wet mixture is ready.Now in a separate bowl sift the flour and to it add the cocoa powder,baking soda and salt.To the wet mixture add a little amount of the dry mix and blend until all of the dry mix is incorporated in the wet mix. While mixing add the dried cranberries and black raisins.

On a chopping board chop the dark chocolate and add the pieces in the batter.Mix well.Pour the batter into a greased square baking tin.Put it in a pre-heated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes at 160 degree C. Once you prick the brownie with a needle ( I use an old knitting needle ) and it comes out clean without any batter it is done.Take out the baking tin and let the brownie cool.Cut into squares. I served it with fresh strawberries.

This recipe yields 9 brownies.

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Holy Shit ! Chicken Fried Rice

I am back after a long hiatus. Spent the better part of last year reading quite a lot and cooking too but never had much time to blog. Fried rice inspired by Kylie Kwong’s recipe.

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Holy Shit ! Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients:

Cooked short  grained rice : 2 cups ( Preferably one day old )

Carrot : 1, chopped finely

Green bell pepper : 1, medium chopped finely

Red cabbage : 1/2 , small sized chopped finely

Yellow bell pepper : 1, medium chopped finely

Onion: 1/2, chopped finely

Garlic : 6 cloves, chopped finely

Ginger : 1/2 inch, chopped finely

Red and green chili: 1 each, chopped

Chicken : 1/2 cup, diced into bite sized

Egg: 1

Oil: For frying

Salt

Cracked black pepper

Soy sauce : 1 tsp

Rice wine vinegar : 2 tsp

Method: 

In a hot wok heat some oil and when it begins to shimmer on the surface crack the egg and put it in the wok. Scramble it and cook it till the eggs are done. Cut the fried egg in smaller pieces and set it aside from the wok. Clean the wok and add some more oil. To this add the garlic,ginger and onion. Saute for two minutes until the onion turns translucent. To this add the chicken pieces and fry at medium heat. When the chicken is beginning to change its color and harden you know it is done.

Next add all the vegetables to it and stir fry. Add soy sauce and vinegar and season well. Increase the flame to high and fry until the carrots are cooked but firm. Add the fried eggs and chicken to the mix and stir.  Add the cooked rice to it and cook for three more minutes.

Serve with Tso’s chicken or orange chicken. But you can just finish it up without a side dish. It is that good !

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