I have been invited for a slumber party tonight by my best friend Kavitha Nair, who I have known from my kindergarten days. It feels like I am back to my growing up years when there would be these unplanned ‘pyjama’ parties, an entire night of snacking, sharing secrets and talking about the latest crush. So, after many years when my bestie decided to invite me over, I thought, ‘how can food be left out of a slumber party’?
So I decided to bake some chock-walnut fudge brownies that we can eat all night over gossip, after a quick dinner. Right from our first day at kindergarten till when we were in high school, Kavitha and I would always sit next to each other in class. Like most kids, we have been pulled up by teachers for excessive talking during class 😛 The canteen culture had just begun back then and it was considered uncool to bring lunch boxes from home. Most kids would wait for the recess bell to ring to hang out by the canteen while Kavitha and I used to sit back in class and share our lunch from, where else, our tiffin boxes. Once in a while, we used to buy some chocolates from the roadside stall just out side our school’s entrance. She is somebody who would let me have her piece of chocolate as soon as I finished mine, something even my younger brother never did 😀
Once, we decided to “run away” from school because we both felt that there was too much pressure on us to study. I told her to pack some snacks and nail paint, which we would use to pass our time while we hid from school authorities and till our parents “rescued us” 😉 God, we were so stupid! However, she developed a cold feet at the last minute and told me it would be wrong for us to do that. Thank God, at least one of us was mature!
She moved to a different school after class X and then we both chose different streams to pursue higher studies. Today, we may not talk on a daily basis and hardly meet each other for months in spite of living in the same city. But, our beautiful friendship has grown stronger with each passing year!
Chocolate Walnut Fudge Brownie
Dark chocolate or milk chocolate – 2 bars of 200 gms
Cocoa powder- 2 tbs
Castor sugar or powdered brown sugar -1 cup
Eggs, room temperature- 2 nos
Butter, room temperature -1/2 cup
Walnuts- 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence-1 tsp
Baking powder-1 tsp
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease a square or rectangle shaped baking tray with butter.
Melt butter and chocolate in a bowl in microwave for 20-30 seconds or use a double boiler method, if you are comfortable with that. In another bowl, whisk eggs and keep aside. Mix together the dry ingredients, nuts and add vanilla essence. Once the chocolate-butter mixture has cooled, add the whisked eggs and fold in the dry ingredients. Make sure the chocolate mixture has cooled or the eggs will start cooking, ruining the texture of your brownie.
Pour this mixture into the baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes or till a fork or toothpick comes out clean. Leave it on a rack to cool and then cut into squares or triangles.