In my recently acquired style of not getting a lot of things done on time, I let my blog anniversary slip by too. I completed 3 years of blogging here, about 3 weeks back but couldn’t manage to find the time to post about it! I had planned to announce it on time and everything, but it was fated to be otherwise.
I’m not about to let this blog anniversary pass by without a mention and some sort of celebration, so that’s what I’m doing with this post. This little blog and I have come a long way from when I started out without having an idea where I was going, and wondering if anyone would want to read what I wrote! In these three years, I have discovered a whole new world food-wise and made so many friends whom I hold dear. You all know who you are, and I am lucky to have met you either virtually or for real.
I must also express my thanks to those of you who have written in telling me how much you enjoy my posts, recipes and photographs. My thanks also all of you who visit my blog or follow it regularly but prefer to remain nameless and silent, because you all make this blog happen and motivate me to get up and get going every time I think I’m losing my blogging mojo.
Coming back to my blog anniversary, it has been my practice to celebrate that with giveaways and it’s no different this time either. The giveaway comes at the end of this post. If you would rather not read this post but get down to the business of the giveaway, please scroll down.
Birthdays mean cake or at least something sweet. All of you must know by now that I find chocolate irresistible (except on the rare occasions when I have overindulged in it). I also like brownies very much so I knew I had to try out the “One-Bowl Cocoa Bars” when I saw them in Beatrice Ojakangas’ new book, Weeknight Desserts – Quick & Easy Sweet Treats
I am a fan of Beatrice Ojakangas recipes because they’re very doable and all those I have tried so far have always worked for me. So I was quite happy when Sellers Publishers sent me a review copy of her “Weeknight Desserts”
We all know the urge for dessert can strike at any time of the week and it isn’t always possible or easy to find time on a weeknight to cater to that sweet tooth. With her new book, Ms. Ojakangas provides us with just the recipes to make dessert quickly and with ingredients that are usually in one’s kitchen.
A part of the “Good Food At Home” series, you will find recipes in this book to help you make special impromptu desserts, handle last-minute requests for something sweet or bake-sale fare.
As is the case with all the cookbooks in the series, each recipe is marked with icons which indicate the level of simplicity of the recipe, if it requires preparation or can be made ahead, possible ingredient variations and handy tips.
This treasure of a little book has recipes for One Batch Cookies & Bars, Make Ahead Desserts, In-A-Pinch Pies &Cakes, Just Whipped Up Soufflés Pies Custards & Puddings, Fresh Fruit Finishes and You need It Now? Treats!
On the flip side, there are no photographs in it, but personally I didn’t find that a drawback as most of the recipes are for simple and easy to make desserts which don’t need much of visualization.
The best part of making these cocoa brownies (or cocoa bars) is that all the ingredients are put into a bowl and mixed up. Making brownies couldn’t get easier than this.
They are cake-like with just a hint of moist fudginess which is just how I enjoy my brownies the best. The mocha cocoa frosting only makes them better. I added to the effect by drizzling them with melted chocolate!
I can add that I got rave reviews from my friends whom I shared these brownies with. I think this recipe is going to be my new to-go brownie recipe!
I have presented the recipe here as it is in the book. I made my brownies eggless by omitting the egg and adding a tsp of baking powder.
One-Bowl Cocoa Bars.
(Adapted from Weeknight Desserts by Beatrice Ojakangas)