When I am planning on the themes for the BM, I get inspiration from so many quarters. Like for the Eggless bakes with fruits and nuts, I was talking to Athamma, who was complaining to me about the numerous dry fruits, canned fruits and nuts that were occupying so much space in our precious little freezer compartment. Apart from these, I normally end up storing different flours, grated coconut, coconut paste, and what not.
In fact, I am forever lamenting over the fact that I have so little refrigeration space. I keep telling Amma that I would have got a refrigerator as huge as hers, had I known that I would end up stocking so much. Well I know someday I will replace our existing one for a bigger one, no doubt. But meanwhile I still have issues to handle right now. So while I was hearing what she has to say about it through one ear, I was busy thinking how I should quickly dispose those fruits. Obviously not trashing them, knowing how expensive the nuts are. Well that was the thought behind the theme.
The fact that I baked only one, while my fellow bloggers did so many baked dishes with fruits and nuts, it is true that my stock is still intact. While planning on the next bake I should be doing, I suddenly remembered the brownie that Laks
had got for us when we met. She packed some for home and hubby dear liked it so much. He always keeps mentioning that brownie. I had wanted to bake it for chocolate mela
, but it never happened. I decided that now was the most perfect timing for that recipe.
Imagine my joy when I reread the recipe to note that it's a microwave cake. Two birdies in one shot, rather 3 when it comes to BM themes and MEC on top. It was the perfect frosting I must say!
Chocolate Brownie with an Apple and Banana flavour
The brownie not only came out awesome, it was a marathon. On the day I baked this cake, I had some time on hand before leaving for work. However we have a scheduled power cut at 10 am and I knew I had to get this done before the power goes off. I was hurrying up with mad rush and pushed the tray just on time. It was a close call and the cake got done exactly a minute before the power shutoff!
The cake will fit Vegan Friendly Dishes, Kid's Delight - Easy to make Snacks under 30 mins and Eggless Baking with Fruits and Nuts as well!
Preparation time: 10 minutes,
Baking time: 5 minutes in microwave
All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Cashew and Almond Powder
- 1/4 cup
Almonds - 1/4 cups
White sugar - 1/2 cup Sugar (1/3 a cup for a less sweet taste)
Dark Chocolate - 50 gms, Scharffenberger 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate 50 gms.
Apple Puree - 1/2 cup
Banana Puree - 1 large
Instant Coffee powder - 1 tbsp (opt)
Vanilla Essence - 1/2 tsp
a pinch of salt (optional)
1/4 tsp Baking powder**
How to bake the Chocolate Brownie:
Grease a microwave safe bowl. Or Line the baking dish with wax paper.
To make the apple puree, peel, core and slice the apples. Micro on high for 3- 4 minutes and blend in a blender. Ensure to check in between. Strain through a strainer and repeat till you get a smooth puree.
Coarsely chop both the Chocolates into small pieces and transfer to a microwave safe glass dish. Micro on high for 1 minute. Stir the chocolate every 30 seconds.
Alternatively you can simply take both apples and chocolates and micro for 2 minutes. Both gets soft and you just have to whisk them together with spoon.
In a large bowl mix the All purpose flour, powdered nuts, chopped nuts, salt and sugar.
Add chocolate apple mixture, flavorings – coffee and vanilla along with banana puree and whisk into a smooth batter. Add baking powder and mix well.
Transfer to baking dish and Microwave on high for 5 mins. Check in the center to check for doneness.
Cut into pieces after cake cools completely and store in an air tight container.
Notes from Laks:
Apple Puree and Powdered Nuts have been used as butter substitutes to add richness to the Cake. Apple Sauce can be used in place of Apple Puree though this might make the cake sweeter.
Banana and Baking Powder have been used as substitutes for Egg. Banana also serves as a natural sweetener.
Over cooking can result in cake becoming very crumbly.
My brownies were very much of banana flovour, I must measure out the puree next time.
Since this batter has lot of moisture, the cake will get baked very well in a microwave mode.
Read laks post comment for some interesting conversation on the fat and egg replacement.
Sending these to my events:
To Kid's Delight
, hosted by Rujuta themed on Easy to make Snacks under 30 mins
and to Privish
, who is hosting this month's edition of MEC
Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 14