Fridge cleaning…yes, that’s when you need to empty everything stored inside it- yes, even those small tubs and tubes that get tucked away more and more into the remote corners, as newer entries make their way to be chilled. And then, you discover that the tub or tube of this and that, that you’ve been meaning to use for quite a while, were, just a few days short of their expiry date. And then you hurriedly try to concoct something to prevent the guilt of throwing it away…in times as the present, throwing away sounds too criminal.
So, preventing the guilt was exactly what I did…a couple of days ago, when I was cleaning the fridge, and landed on a tub of ricotta cheese. Life has been throwing us a few challenges the last few days…you now, the kind when you look too much ahead and begin to dread what might lay in the future …whether the light at the end of the tunnel will be a really bright one…of course, I am presuming that there will be a light – there has to be The following Ricotta and pistachio brownies were, therefore, concocted and duly enjoyed by us. We definitely needed the sweetness.
The following is the very simple recipe for the above brownies…
250 gms of ricotta cheese
125 gms of plain chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
1 C pistachios, roughly ground
2 tblsp honey
7 tblsps of whole wheat flour(atta)
1/2 C of hot water
- Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C. Line an 8 inch square pan with foil and grease it(I used non stick spray)
- Whisk together the ricotta, honey and applesauce.
- Add the flour, chocolate, 3/4 of the pistachios and the hot water, one by one, whisking well after each addition.
- Transfer the mix to the prepared pan and smooth the top.
- Sprinkle the rest of the nuts on the top. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Cover the top with foil ( to avoid over browning the top) and bake for another 25-27 minutes.
- Cool in the pan for 4-5 minutes. Lift it up gently with the foil and transfer to a rack. It will be very soft at this stage. Tastes great even now. Cut into squares and enjoy. But, if you like it firmer, cool completely before devouring. But, it does taste best when slightly warm.
Enjoy! And get ready to face life’s challenges