Double Chocolate Nutty Brownies

Ā SOMETIMES THINGS HAPPEN UNEXPECTEDLY, THAT’S WHAT IS CALLED A SURPRISE. I decided to follow a recipe from my favorite book (i call it favorite cos the images make me drool and i love the word chocolate šŸ™‚

I collected the ingredients following the book and learnt that i dint have enough cooking chocolate or cocoa. i also had a lot of chopped mixed nuts which i wanted to use badly on my brownies. so the little changes i did is making my brownie special and my very own version. recipe inspired by –20141009_164436[1]2014-10-01 13.50.0420141008_141510 2014-10-04 06.45.02 2014-10-04 06.33.1720141008_141519 originally this brownie is called mocha brownies and i rename it as double chocolate nutty brownies for substituting and changing the method. its totally a different method and is very easy. why they named it mocha brownies can be due to the coffee mix the recipe calls for which i did not use in my brownies. here is my recipe :

Double Chocolate Nutty Brownies


1 cup chopped nuts use any nuts

100 grams cooking chocolate

3 tablespoon drinking chocolate powder

2 eggs

1/3 cupĀ butter

1/2Ā cupĀ flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Melt the cooking chocolate with a teaspoon of butter
  2. Mix together flour, drinking chocolate and baking powder
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar
  4. continue beating by adding the eggs one at a time
  5. incorporate the dry ingredients with the egg mix
  6. fold in the melted chocolate
  7. spread on a tray greased with butter and dusted with flour
  8. sprinkle a tablespoon of flour on top evenly and bake in the microwave on a 80 heat for 5-8 minutes checking after 5 minute

cool completely before cutting serve as it is or drizzle with extra melted white chocolate and sprinkle some drinking chocolate powder on top the sprinkling of flour on top and bottom creates a crust on the cake store for a week on the shelf Ā unless your a slow eater on sweets 2014-09-25 09.06.44 just loved playing around with photos.

So anyone wondering why i used a phrase as sometimes things happen unexpectedly which why its called a surprise?

That’s because this is my first brownie I’ve ever made in my baking life and second i did not use the appropriate measurements mentioned in the book and substituted some ingredients like drinking chocolate powder for cocoa which was very sweet and the fear of it turning out too sweet stuck me as my hubby hates extra sweet stuff.

Another reason is i cooked it on my microwave and immediately cut a piece to taste it and found it a bit too gooey and thought its undercooked and went shopping for eid the next day with a thought to get home and bake something else to serve the guests.

All in all my mind was not satisfied in the brownie i bake and now i know your wondering why i post such a thing in the blog. Dont worry my brownie was perfectly cooked and why it seemed undercooked was i cut it before cooling. Ā The brownies were not too sweet cos the bitter cooking chocolate i used helped cover up the sweet drinking chocolate.

Why i posted is not only did the brownie turn out well but my hubby and guests enjoyed it and loved it.

We all have a story behind our own recipes and success always come through a tough way. Not everything is easy to achieve even while cooking, Ā a compliment for a small sweet that we do counts at times.

Love for Seafood

Since childhood until today I’ve had only fish and prawns. When I was twelve I remember my dad bringing squid from the market and my mum refuse to clean as she hates to cook any seafood apart from fish and prawns. Ofcourse she has never tried her hand with squid. So my dad starts cooking the squid by himself singing a song

my dear dallo

My dear dallo

Dallo is the sinhalese word for squid. I tasted my dads dallo and fell in love with it. My dad is a good cook šŸ™‚ When I was 22 my uncle got some crabs from the market and got it devilled especially for us and we all tried a tint piece which was barely anything that would help us fall in love with. Many years have passed and pregnancy created a hate for seafood in me and soon after coming to srilanka for delivery my sister in law treated us at a newly opened seafood restaurant.Ā  I was so taken in by the looks and atmosphere in the first place. The contemporary interior was so enjoyable for a pair of eyes that was yearning for some relaxed location to dine in peace with a slow music playing somewhere in a distance. The manhattan fish market was a franchise opened in srilanka with an array of seafood cooked in western style served hot and prepared fresh. The menu was overwhelming.Ā  An enthusiasm over poured in myself chasing away the pregnancy moods and bringing in a craving as if I was in my early stages. The lobster was one thing I wanted to try.Ā  The large lobster platter was beautifully grilled just before serving right in front of our eyes in an adventurous way. Next in order was the prawn and calamari dishes. Having tasted the lobster for the first time in my life I almost crave for lobster now. The adventure image All mains were grilled using a torch the mains wpid-2013-06-07-21.24.25.jpg The grilled prawns wpid-2013-06-07-21.12.18.jpg Our calamari and muscles platter Favoutite Beverages wpid-2013-10-07-01.44.28.png The mint and lime crusher The dessert wpid-2013-10-07-01.43.01.png Brownies with ice cream and hot caramel. I would give the restaurant a 10/10 star. mafaza