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 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 )
113 gm butter (I used 100gm)
1 cup sugar
1 egg (I substituted this with 1 tsp baking powder)
3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Powdered sugar (optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 350F (180C). Coat a 13” by 9” pan with cooking spray.
Measure all of the ingredients, in the order given, into a large mixing bowl. With a hand mixer, beat until well blended. Pour into the baking pan and smooth the top. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Cool on a rack and cut into 24 squares. If desired dust the top of the baked bars with powdered sugar.
Mocha Cocoa Frosting:
3 tbsp softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tbsp cold coffee
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix the softened butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and cold coffee together until smooth. Spread over the cooled brownies.
Sellers Publishers have been generous enough to send me an extra copy of Weekend Desserts, which feature the above cocoa bars/ brownies, to giveaway to my readers.
They have also sent me a giveaway copy of by Victoria Shearer.
Victoria Shearer lives in North Carolina and enjoys food and travel, as well as writing. She has contributed to the travel and food sections of newspapers and magazines and is the author of several books including “Quick, Cheap Comfort Food” also in the Good Food at Home series.
The name of this book is self explanatory, and a great addition to anyone’s cookbook collection. Also a book in the Good Food At Home series, Leftover Makeovers is an excellent and useful guide to creatively converting leftovers into new meals, so you can forget about warming leftovers that no one’s particularly enthusiastic about.
The recipes in this book are organized so that each “core” recipe is followed by the recipes which will help you convert the leftovers from the core recipe to a new meal. The recipes and suggestions in the book are divided into the sections such as Headliners - The Star Players: Poultry, Meat, Fish and Seafood; Supporting Players - Rounding out the Meal: Pasta, Rice, and Vegetables; Clean-Up Crew - Don't throw it out!: New Beginnings from Old Ingredients; The Cupboard is Bare!: Throw-together Meals from What's Left in the Pantry/ 'Fridge; Guide to a successful Makeover - Stocking the Pantry, 'Fridge, and Freezer; Makeover Tips.
So I’m giving away two books, a copy of Weekend Desserts by Beatrice Ojakangas and a copy of Leftover makeovers by Victoria Shearer to two lucky readers of my blog.
I will ship the books worldwide, so this giveaway is open to both Indian and international readers.
If you would like to take a chance on winning one of these books, all you need to do is leave a comment at this post. You do not have to be a blogger to enter. Please leave a mail id or a link to one so I can contact you should you win.
This giveaway is open till the 25th of November, 2010, after which I will randomly pick two lucky winners for the books. Good luck!
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