Though having dolled up cupcakes sure impress one's guests. But the process of baking and decorating the cupcakes does require a lot of time. And time, I certainly do not have. As such I often look out for simple, fast desserts that I can make ahead of time.
In my quest for the perfect dessert that meets my tight schedule, I chance upon this brownies recipe. Not only it is fast to make but also freeze well. To further cut short the process of cleaning up, I line the baking pan with aluminium foil large enough to wrap whatever leftover for freezing.
Whenever I need to serve dessert within short notice, all I need to do is thaw the brownies and warm it up in the microwave oven. Alternatively you can defrost and warm it up in the microwave oven. Then serve it with a scope of ice-cream top with honey, walnut, strawberry jam.......whatever you have in the fridge that creates a contras to the dark colour of brownies and pale colour of vanilla ice-cream. Believe me, your guests will be stunningly impressed with your ability to dish out such a sumptuous dessert within minutes. Mine always do.
Here is the brownies recipe adapted from Betty Yew's Kitchen Secret.
3/4 cup castor sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
4 large eggs, beaten
1/3 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
150g dark chocolate, chopped
75g chopped walnut
1. Melt butter and stir in sugar and vanilla essence.
2. Mix in cocoa powder and stir in the beaten eggs until well blended.
3. Fold in flour, chopped chocolate and walnut.
4. Bake in oven pre-heated to 175C for approximately 40 minutes.
Note : I usually double up the recipe and freeze the balance for unexpected guest.