3 Recipes from My Mom to You: Part 1

OUR RECIPES

Written by Seungbin Kang. Edited by Tanae Rao and Jordanne Stewart.

Artwork by Alice Schroeder.

Hey guys! 

In this blog post, I will be sharing the first of three simple recipes my mom taught me during the worldwide coronavirus lockdowns.

Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned chef or a curious first-timer, these recipes transcend beyond just a skill level and can serve as great bonding time for you and your family! 

Grab your apron, and get ready to have fun and get messy! 

Please feel free to reach out to me at theseungbinkang@gmail.com if you have any queries! 


RECIPE #1:
Chocolate Brownies.

Ready in 30 minutes

Serves 4 people

Difficulty meter: Easy

Calories: Approximately 140

Introduction

This is a great and simple recipe to prepare for friends and family after a nice meal! There is nothing better than enjoying warm, fudgy and sweet brownies while sharing a conversation and laughter.

Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter  
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil 
  • ⅛ cup white sugar 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 
  • ½ cup plain flour 
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
Preparation
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. 
  2. With a brush, lightly grease your baking pan with cooking oil. Place your baking paper on the pan and set it aside.  
  3. Leave the unsalted butter in a bowl to naturally melt. This process can be catalysed by heating it up. 
  4. Mix the warm melted butter, oil, and sugar together in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk well for approximately one minute. 
  5. Add eggs and vanilla and beat together until the mixture appears lighter in colour (approximately one minute).
  6. Sift in flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until slightly combined.
  7. Pour this batter into the pan prepared in step 2, smoothing the top out firmly. 
  8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Using a chopstick, poke the centre of the brownie in the pan. If it does not jiggle and is set to the touch, it is ready. The chopstick should come out coated with chocolate fudge and an amazing aroma!
  9. Remove from the oven and allow the brownies to cool before serving!
Seungbin’s Tips

You have plenty of freedom to alter the brownie any way you want! A suggestion of mine is to add chocolate chips! Besides that, crushed walnuts, peanuts, almonds, pecans, and dried fruit all work amazingly with the brownies!

It is not a blank canvas, but there is a lot which can be done with it! 

I baked my brownies in the middle shelf of the oven, which I soon realized to be a mistake.  Through experimentation, I’ve determined that the top shelf of the oven cooks the brownies perfectly, whereas the middle shelf occasionally dries them out. 

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