Hey readers! As promised, we are back with some exciting news to keep you busy and entertained, on the “New World Order!”😄.
Before I start on with anything else, I would like to congratulate all the recovered COVID-19 patients and wish good health and a speedy recovery to all the present COVID-19 patients. As always, I advise everyone to never lose hope and keep fighting. This war will end soon, and I promise you, all of humankind will emerge as winners against this unforgettable enemy. I would like to tell you about an old phrase from the early seventeenth century, coined by Niccólo Machiavelli; “Sono i nostri nemici che ci insegnano di piu.” This quote is better known in English as, “It’s our enemies that teach us the most.” This phrase teaches us that after all the losses, the destruction, at the end of the day, we are human. First and foremost, we are humans. We never stop learning. This enemy, COVID-19, at the end of the day, will teach us more than we expect it to in these troubling times. It will teach us to be grateful for what we have, rather than to cry over what we don’t. It will teach us to value life. We will be reunited as a better world. A grateful world. A world where no one takes anything for granted.
Today, on “#LOCKDOWNCHEF 2.0”, to end this post on a positive and a sweeter note, I will personally recommend to you another one of my favourite dessert recipes. These fudgy, soft, and crusty brownies are a family favourite, and both my mother and father love these brownies dearly. My entire family expects me to make them every few days, and I do so gladly. I recently made a batch of these brownies, and they turned out so delicious and fudgy, that they did not even last a few days before they were devoured promptly.😉
FUDGY AND SOFT BROWNIES:
- 1 stick salted butter or 1/2 cup melted butter
- 57 grams or 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts, chopped almonds, crushed M’n’M’s, Gems, or any other toppings of choice
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit or 160 degrees Celsius. Line a baking pan with cooking spray, oil, aluminium foil, or parchment paper; set aside.
- Melt the butter and and unsweetened chocolate together in a large bowl, over low heat on the stove, or put in the microwave in 30 second intervals while stirring, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted.
- Remove from heat and add sugar and stir. Add beaten eggs and vanilla essence and stir until well combined. Add flour, walnuts and almonds and Gems (Remember to leave some for the toppings). Gently stir until blended. Do not overmix the batter.
- Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake for at least 30-35 minutes at about 325 degrees Fahrenheit or 160 degrees Celsius (Roughly until a crust has formed on top of the batter). Make sure that before taking the brownies out, insert a toothpick into the brownie and take it out. This is called the toothpick test. If the toothpick comes out clean, it means that the batter has been fully baked. If the toothpick does not come out clean, it means that the brownies need to be baked for a little more time (The cleaner the toothpick, the lesser baking time needed).
- Cool for at least 15 minutes before attempting to cut.
This recipe is definitely worth a try. I love it so much, I have it memorised at the tip of my tongue.
Once again, I advise you to never lose hope, no matter what the current situation is. The entire world is in a sort of chaos. Except for my house, though. In my house, the only chaos happens when my dad tries to do the household chores. I guess what all of this teaches me, is that no matter what happens, life doesn’t stop. Life goes on. Look at how the nature is benefitting from our current state. It is miraculously, inexplicably rightening itself. The weather’s much better, rains are more frequent than ever, birds are chirping like Christmas came early. Trees are greener than ever, and the sky the bluest blue I have seen in a long time. We should keep hope and survive through these dark times. We should keep fighting, and keep hope that these dark times will pass. Of course they will. After all, “The darkest nights bring the brightest stars.” Stay Home, Stay Safe!
-Arrush and team