If you’re a sweet tooth or a chocoholic or both then chances are high that you indulge in the fudgy comfort of brownies frequently.

When I was approached by a client to make desserts for 50 guests at her birthday party,I had grandiose ideas. The party held at a trendy art gallery and she wanted something that was “arty” and “architectural”. I was buzzing with excitement at the prospects until I was brought crashing down to earth when I was informed that
A. There would be limited access to refrigeration; in fact there was no fridge at the facility just a poky freezer.
B. During the event I would be located in an adjoining room, which would not be air conditioned, and
C. The budget was not unlimited; I hastily cancelled my order for edible gold leaf! Yikes!

This left me in a quandary because I had to figure out how to prepare a beautiful dessert that would not perish in the Lagos warmth and humidity and one that did not rely on refrigeration.

Then it hit me! Brownies! Of course! I quickly decided to incorporate flavours and textures that would complement one another, look beautiful and create a wow factor. This is how I ended up with my gourmet brownies served with raspberry coulis, orange syrup, cream cheese frosting, dankwa and sugar caramel.

The prep work was insane but the results and reactions made it all worth it.

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Here’s a quick guide if you would like to attempt this delightful dessert.

Ingredients for brownies.
1/2 cup butter (113 grams)
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

The “How To”
Preheat oven to 175 degrees C and then grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.

In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan; be sure to use a spatula to even it out in the pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook; what you are looking to achieve is a cakey exterior with a moist fudgy interior.

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I find that it is always better to slice the brownies in your desired portion size when it’s still hot then allow to cool completely before taking it out of the pan.

Ingredients for the raspberry coulis
250 grams fresh or frozen raspberries
1 tbs icing sugar
Juice from 1/2 lemon

The “How To”

This recipe is dead easy and works well with any soft fruit you can find.

Place all the ingredients in pan and cook until the fruit breaks down.

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The transfer the contents to a blender or food processor and blitz until you get smooth consistency.

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The sieve the sauce to get rid of the seeds. You should have a beautiful glossy ruby sauce that is sweet with a touch of tartness.

Ingredients for the orange syrup.

4 oranges
2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cups water

The “How To”

Wash the oranges thoroughly and slice them.

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Place all the ingredients in a thick bottomed pot and cook until the oranges are translucent and a thick syrup has developed.

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Carefully take out the orange slices (which may be used as a garnish) and allow the syrup to cool; it will get thicker as it cools.

Sugar caramel is essential granulated sugar that has been melted down. Until is molten and golden brown. Pour it into a greased heat proof container and let it set. Then shatter it and use the shards.

Note: molten caramelised sugar is extremely hot and must never be handled with bare hands!

The major prep work is complete and now you are ready to plate! Simply spread cream cheese frosting on the brownies (I used store bought this time) top with dankwa and sprig of mint accompanied by the raspberry coulis and orange syrup.

For more about dankwa, please read this post.

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The dessert was well received; the guests were delighted and surprised which was great for me.

A massive shout out to the best sister in the world; Moe – she hot footed it down to the party to help me amidst the sea of brownies and cream cheese frosting.

It is amazing how being knocked sideways by an ailment forces you to literally sit still. Well knocked sideways by malaria I am but the whole sitting still business….sigh…..is driving me a little coocoo.

Granted I am relieved not to be a human jungle gym for a day; the boys are making do with their father and I am not complaining……

So I figured that I could write a post from my sideways position.
FFF has grown in the last 6 months and I must say that I am very very proud. In addition to our baked goods, we now offer a range of meals for small events and our clients are always pleased with us.

Below is a list of FFF’s party favorites. I promise that any of these dishes will bring an amazing dimension to your party. Enjoy!

Our spicy meatballs are now almost legendary 🙂 . You can try it yourself using this recipe or contact us to place an order

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Another firm favourite is our pan roasted potatoes. They are just simply delicious

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FFF’s whole chicken roasts are perfect for family gatherings especially for Sunday lunches. We have two delicious options; pesto roast chicken and lemon roast.

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When it comes to canapes, well, let’s just say people swoon. And we are happy to watch them swoon too because a lot of love goes into each and every canapé on the platter. Be inspired and try a canapé recipe here or simply order 🙂

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Our lasagna brings out the closet Garfield in all of us. Here at FFF we don’t discriminate. Even Garfield must eat. Try the recipe here. Of course we will be more than happy to take your order.

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In our journey as caterers we have discovered Garfields as well as cookie monsters. Our cookies are yum and make for great party favors! Who knew?!

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Brownies! What can we say? We make the fudgiest, chocolatiest ones around. Just ask anyone who has tried them.

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I defy any Nigerian party to not include rice on the menu. We have great unexpected options too. Our Thai Style Spicy Jollof rice has been pleasing palettes for over 5 years. Our Dafaduka is also a crowd pleaser.

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A great pairing with rice is fried plantain popularly known as dodo. So why not? We offer that too.

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We love rosemary and our rosemary baked chicken is loved by all who have tried it.

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A crisp fresh salad will add color and vitality to any table. We make some of the freshest around.

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We would like to thank our clients for choosing FFF. We looking forward to gaining new ones.

Go ahead and add a uniquely delicious dimension to your party. To ensure that you make the right meal choices, we will have a consultation and design the perfect menu for your party.

Contact us at nkem.o@foodfashionfusion.com

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Www.facebook.com/foodfashionfusion

#foodfashionfusion

It is amazing how being knocked sideways by an ailment forces you to literally sit still. Well knocked sideways by malaria I am but the whole sitting still business….sigh…..is driving me a little coocoo.
Granted I am relieved not to be a human jungle gym for a day; the boys are making do with their father and I am not complaining……
So I figured that I could write a post from my sideways position.
FFF has grown in the last 6 months and I must say that I am very very proud. In addition to our baked goods, we now offer a range of meals for small events and our clients are always pleased with us.
Below is a list of FFF’s party favorites. I promise that any of these dishes will bring an amazing dimension to your party. Enjoy!
Our spicy meatballs are now almost legendary 🙂 . You can try it yourself using this recipe or contact us to place an order
20140524-152602-55562191.jpg
Another firm favourite is our pan roasted potatoes. They are just simply delicious
20140524-153125-55885266.jpg
FFF’s whole chicken roasts are perfect for family gatherings especially for Sunday lunches. We have two delicious options; pesto roast chicken and lemon roast.
20140524-153408-56048483.jpgRamon
20140524-153409-56049345.jpg
When it comes to canapes, well, let’s just say people swoon. And we are happy to watch them swoon too because a lot of love goes into each and every canapé on the platter. Be inspired and try a canapé recipe here or simply order 🙂
20140524-153716-56236786.jpg
20140524-153716-56236123.jpg
Our lasagna brings out the closet Garfield in all of us. Here at FFF we don’t discriminate. Even Garfield must eat. Try the recipe here. Of course we will be more than happy to take your order.
20140524-154111-56471315.jpg
20140524-154110-56470548.jpg
In our journey as caterers we have discovered Garfields as well as cookie monsters. Our cookies are yum and make for great party favors! Who knew?!
20140524-154507-56707732.jpg
20140524-154508-56708642.jpg
20140524-154511-56711769.jpg
Brownies! What can we say? We make the fudgiest, chocolatiest ones around. Just ask anyone who has tried them.
20140524-155420-57260558.jpg
20140524-155421-57261486.jpg
I defy any Nigerian party to not include rice on the menu. We have great unexpected options too. Our Thai Style Spicy Jollof rice has been pleasing palettes for over 5 years. Our Dafaduka is also a crowd pleaser.
20140524-160140-57700885.jpg
20140524-160143-57703744.jpg
A great pairing with rice is fried plantain popularly known as dodo. So why not? We offer that too.
20140524-160424-57864467.jpg
We love rosemary and our rosemary baked chicken is loved by all who have tried it.
20140524-161027-58227551.jpg
A crisp fresh salad will add color and vitality to any table. We make some of the freshest around.
20140524-161340-58420516.jpg
20140524-161339-58419994.jpg
20140524-161339-58419184.jpg
We would like to thank our clients for choosing FFF. We looking forward to gaining new ones.
Go ahead and add a uniquely delicious dimension to your party. To ensure that you make the right meal choices, we will have a consultation and design the perfect menu for your party.
Contact us at nkem.o@foodfashionfusion.com
We can’t wait to hear from you.
Www.facebook.com/foodfashionfusion
#foodfashionfusion