Chocolate Brownies ~ Taste & Create!

Its been kind of two months since I knew about Taste & Create event, but every time I always messed up with the dates and never remembered on time. So I made it a point to remember this time and I was so excited thinking about doing this. Taste & Create is a wonderful event hosted by Myamii at For the Love of Food, where you get paired with other participant and you got to cook from their blog. I found this concept so very interesting. When I got a mail from Myamii on my partner, I was absolutely trilled. I was paired with Laurie of Heaven is Chocolate, Cheese and Carbs. I immediately scouted out to her blog and was flabbergasted. I was dismayed thinking what have I got myself into!

Laurie says she is inexperienced and has been only experimenting. God, nothing there seems like that. All those drool worthy dishes are something out of the world. And something those I can't, at my present state, even think of recreating. I almost thought to chicken out. But with a faint hope that she may have blogged on something that might be a bit easy, I went through her index many times, reading through all of them. Finally, much to my relief I found Anti-Valentines Day Brownies to be simplest one that I can do. And yes it came out yummy! I found Laurie's blog so interesting and I knew she is one after my heart! She says "I believe cheese, pasta and chocolate are the most important foods life has to offer" I think so too. But knowing this, I left wondering what she will find in mine to dish out! I haven't done much on these either!

I have been off baking for over 10 years now. There was a time during college, when I was baking a cake every other day! Hope sometime soon, I will find myself doing it again. But now I find it too hard to even think of assembling all to get the final one out! Imagine I thought of Cakes for my Microwave event! Anyway I was happy that I did this and was also able to bake another cake shortly.I guess I might even come out of this baking strike, now that the time is so less when baking in a microwave. This worked out so simple. I just did and out within 5 mins, my cake was ready. I am not joking ok. Seriously, it was ready in 5 mins. I loved breathing in that forgotten aroma sneaking from the oven. I was even more happy knowing Konda found it out too. I was thinking I will give her a surprise, but she knew I was baking. I love the fact that she pops in every other second and ask for the status. So I was disappointed that this time, she found it herself!

This was a simple one, still I halved the proportions and happy that it worked out fine.

Deep Dish Brownies

Butter, melted - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Egg - 1
All-purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Unsweetened cocoa - 2 tsp
Baking powder - a pinch
Salt a pinch

In large bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. I couldn't find my vanilla essence, so didn't add it. Whisk in egg and blend well

In another bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Gradually stir flour mixture into egg mixture until well-combined. Transfer to the baking bowl. Luckily I had a small mw bowl, which worked out perfectly well.

Microwave for 5 mins. Of course, after 3 mins, check with a knife or toothpick inserted in center to see if it. It was all done in 5 mins. The knife inserted should come out clean though some crumbs be attached to it. Some times, brownies may sink in center too. Let it rest for a min, then invert over the wire rack and cool completely!

Thank you Laurie for this delicious brownie, this has kicked started me on something.

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