Year end’s are always a mixed bag of emotions. 365 days gone – some of which would have been spectacular and some of which would have probably led you to question life.
New journeys would have be undertaken, friendships would be made, milestones would be celebrated and memories – good and bad, both would be made. The last day of the year gives one enough reason to celebrate, to ring in the new year, hopeful of new possibilities and bringing in better times.
Everyone has different ways of celebrating. People travel to exotic locales to bring in good times, celebratory parties are held where friends and family come together for a joint celebration, travel camps are seen too – where a like-minded crowd gather for some good fun. Everywhere, there is a common sentiment – of having fun and spending time with people who you love.
If you are one of those who like celebrating outdoors with a large crowd, well, nothing like it but if you prefer entertaining your crowd at home with some fun and good food, well, you will definitely agree that the “FOOD” has to be the star of the show and most importantly, the dessert. Food will always be the part remembered in memories – even after days of the event.
But getting a dessert together for the party – something that tastes good, looks good (admit it – every dessert has to look alluring. A sad looking dessert will have no takers) and also is simple enough to make considering that there are million details that a good party demands that need to be attended to, is quite a thought-provoking process.
As this year ends, I decided to pen down a final recipe – one that hopefully can come of help to those last minute party throwers who seek a quick, simple and beautiful tasting dessert.
Chocolate walnut brownies with a Chocolate fudge sauce topped with fresh Strawberries. After all, who doesn’t love chocolate? And I am yet to find a person who doesn’t like chocolate brownies. The addition of Chocolate fudge sauce and strawberries is like a match made in heaven for this dessert.
I suggest this as a Jam-Jar dessert for some very practical reasons for a dinner party. And , not to forget, they are actually in demand at the moment but you can also make them in some pretty glasses and serve.
Here’s my recipe. Have fun making it.
CHOCOLATE WALNUT BROWNIES WITH CHOCOLATE FUDGE SAUCE AND FRESH STRAWBERRIES
For the Brownies
Dark Chocolate – chopped in small pieces – 200GM
Castor Sugar – 175GM
Eggs – 2 Nos.
Plain flour – 100GM
Baking Powder – ½ teaspoon
Butter – 200GM
Walnuts – ½ cup coarsely chopped
For the Chocolate Fudge Sauce
Dark Chocolate- chopped into small pieces – ½ cup
Butter – 75GM
Milk – 2 tablespoons
Powdered Sugar – 50GM
For the final flourish
- Cream the sugar and eggs together using a whisk.
- In a saucepan, warm the butter. Add in the chopped chocolate and gently mix until homogenous.
- Let this cool and slowly add this mixture to the egg-sugar mix.
- Mix well.
- Add in the plain flour, baking powder and walnuts and gently fold in the mixture.
- Take a cake tin and line with baking paper.
- Pour in this brownie mix till about a 1 inch layer.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at about 175 degrees C for about 15-20 minutes or until a tooth-pick comes out clean from the centre.
- Un-mould and leave to cool.
- Once cooked, cut into small bite-sized pieces.
- This can be made a few hours in advance and kept aside.
The Chocolate fudge sauce
- Warm the butter in a saucepan and add in the chocolate.
- When the mixture is well melted, add in the sugar and milk.
- Stir well until homogenized.
- Take off and leave to cool.
- This can be made about a day in advance.
For the Assembly
- Take a Jam-jar or a presentable transparent glass and place the brownies on the bottom layer. You don’t need to be perfect at this. Just lay them randomly.
- Next, drizzle over a good layer of the chocolate fudge sauce on them. This is after all, the magic layer.
- Finally, spoon over good amounts of sliced / diced fresh strawberries.
The whole idea of having Jam-jar dessert is to create a lesser mess when it is being eaten. You really don’t need any plates or bowls for this. The dessert can be made a bit in advance and placed away for use. Also, they look extremely attractive and if you have a guest who probably cannot finish their dessert at the party, they can always carry them back home in the same jar (without you going through the hassle of finding them boxes take them back in).