Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Dark Chocolate Brownie Recipe

One of the dessert treats that I prepared for New Year's Eve dinner was this brownies with only around 30% sugar and lots of chocolates. My in-laws loved it, my husband and kids love it, and I loved it! So fudgy, not so sweet yet very chocolatey treat!!

If you are familiar with coco sugar, I have lots of them in the pantry brought all the way from the Philippines; they are perfect substitute to brown sugar or any table sugar for that matter 'cos it's healthier. Using coco sugar and bitter chocolate in this recipe makes it a dark chocolate brownie.

bitter chocolate 200 grams
unsalted butter 1/2 cup
3 eggs
salt 1/4 tsp
vanilla 1 tsp
flour 1/2 cup
white sugar 1/2 cup
coco sugar 1 cup
bitter cocoa powder 1/4 cup

Here's How:
-In a teflon pan, melt butter and chocolate together over low fire. Set aside to cool.
-In a bowl, whisk coco sugar, brown sugar, salt, eggs and vanilla until frothy.
-Combine the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture.
-Add the flour and cocoa powder. Fold them gently.

-Pour into a greased pan lined with baking paper.
-Tap to release air and bake for 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degrees.

Optional: Top with nuts before baking or sift some powdered sugar on top after cutting.

I used to bake ready brownie mixes but I learned to bake from scratch since we moved here in Turkey. Why? Because the ready brands that I love are not available here and eventhough they ready ones here, I find it hard to deal with the translation of terms as the instructions are written in Turkish. Anyway, I think it's a good thing that I get to re-discover my talent in baking and am able to stay away from too much sugar by using coco sugar in every baked treat I make.

Friday, January 04, 2019

The Holidays in Turkey

It is our first time to celebrate the holidays in Turkey since we moved here last summer. They don't have Christmas in here so December 25 is pretty much an ordinary day for the majority of the Turkish people. But for some .2% Christian people living here like expats and foreigners with had a Turkish spouse, we a lovely Christmas tree with lots of gifts under it in the salon or reception room and a special family dinner during Christmas Eve.

We did our yearly holiday photo with everyone wearing a red holiday sweater. As you can see, this is a new twist to our usual Sunday best attire.

Hubby brought me the ingredients for mango graham cake from Manila and it turned out pretty well as expected. Even my in-laws liked it. It's is a total upgrade from my old recipe here. And oh, aside from it, I made mango gulaman too.

Of course, I had to roast a generously seasoned and marinated whole chicken as one of the main dishes. The rest in the menu were cooked by my mother-in-law. Sorry no photos though.

On New Year's Eve, there was this fruit salad with lots of tiny sago. Sad that I couldn't find buko or young coconut here for it so I used fresh apple as replacement. I also cooked baked meatballs, pesto, and brownies, then again the rest of the recipes were prepared my MIL.

Me: What can you say about our Christmas celebration, Suna?
Suna: It was nice because I opened my LOL. I had 2 LOLs. Also I like the Christmas sweater and the desserts that you made.

As for me, both our Christmas and New Year celebration was just okay. I mean, I didn't expect so much because I understand that I live in a country which majority of its people have different beliefs as mine. I was just happy that we are together as a family. On New Year's Eve we invited my hubby's brother and his wife and kids and we all had a special dinner together. The kids received gifts from their grandma, from us and some close friends.

Hopefully next year we get to celebrate the holidays in our new house as we are planning to move this summer. I will put up a bigger Christmas tree as hubby suggested at least 5 feet tall. I going to have decors and lights installed on the wall and doors. Part of the holiday celebration will be another weekend of snow fighting and snowman making. We did that last weekend and excited to share here the story in a separate blog entry soon.

How was your holidays? Did you have a lot of fun this year?