Sweet, Sweeter, Brownies!

Oookay, I know… it’s Monday already. But to defend myself, I started work really early on Sunday and had to work overtime cause there was just so much to do. That however didn’t keep me from preparing a delicious breakfast for myself. Just had to get up a little earlier 😉

The recipe is from Stephanie’s beautiful blog A Modern Christian Woman. I really enjoy her posts about cooking from scratch and on a budget so be sure to check it out yourself.

My craving for chocolate seems extremely intensified those last couple of days, so what better than to whip up a batch of these?

Dense, sweet, soft and chocolateyyy. Oh and of course incredibly easy to make.

Back to Basics Brownies

{recipe adapted from A Modern Christian Woman}

1 stick butter

12 tablespoons cocoa powder

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 eggs or 4 flax eggs {4 tbsp ground flax seeds with 12 tbsp water}

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

Melt together butter, cocoa and oil until a thick paste. Combine with rest of the ingredients. If using flax eggs, add in a bit of milk or buttermilk for moisture or your dough will not be “brownie-like”. Pour into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan lined with foil.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes until set.

Deliciate!

I did feel a little guilty while indulging in them because they were so full of chocolate flavour 😉

Wishing you a beautiful week!

… from Berlin with Love,

Patricia

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DeliS – Comfort Food in the Form of Banana-Buttermilk Muffins

Living all by yourself is sometimes a rather lonely business, I dare say.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my life in Berlin, my apartment is a charming little place and work and colleagues are really great. Also I don’t have any difficulty entertaining myself. Knitting, crocheting, reading, cooking and being creative keep me pretty busy all the time. I prefer living alone because of my inhumane working-times that might easily disturb others and because I dread dependency.

However, when you wake up on a Sunday morning, knowing you will be locked up at home because of a steady rain all day, you cannot help feeling a little lonely. I miss home. My friends and family, the bustling around, the laughter and the noise. Now the apartment seems too big to be inhabited by just one person. I wish for someone to communicate my thoughts to. Melancholy takes over and I wonder wether I’m doomed to spend life all alone.

That sounds really dramatic but these are the thoughts to cross my mind during such a sunless day. I’m not the person to go out and immediately make friends. My reservedness and my serious looks often leeds people to the prejudice of me being arrogant and proud. Also I don’t talk much in public. Doesn’t seem like it right now, I’m aware of that 😉

So, now on to the actually important part of this post:

My comfort on this cloudy morning were some {very ripe} bananas and a can of buttermilk {close to expiring} which quickly turned into these “sweeties”:

Banana Buttermilk Muffins

{adapted from The little Teochew}

Ingredients {makes about 6 muffins}

100g flour {I used whole-spelt}

30 g sugar

1 1/2 spoon baking powder

1 large ripe banana {mashed}

125 ml (1/2 cup) buttermilk

1 tbsp oil

vanilla extract

Preparation

Simply combine the wet and dry ingredients seperately. Then add the dry to the wet and mix well. Line a muffin sheet with muffin cups and fill in the batter to about 3/4 of the cups.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius.

Let cool and Deliciate.

The original recipe asked for more sugar which I thought it really didn’t need because of the sweet banana. Also I skipped on the egg and it still turned out great. You can also add a little cocoa powder to the batter. A moist, fluffy and an easy-to-make treat for Sundays breakfast or just to indulge inbetween 😉

… from Berlin with Love,

Patricia

Math Exam: Check :)

Just finished my first Math Exam at university and I swear I have never done so much for math… And it feels great, thinking you got it all right 😉

Plus: Today it’s so beautiful outside. We got 18 degrees Celsius in the middle of March and I feel like pulling out my summer dresses 😀

And here’s how I reward myself for all the hard work done in the past weeks:

There was a Chai Latte going with it but it didn’t make it back home 😉 However, I have come to the conclusion that it’ll be quite difficult to reward myself the same way everytime I pass an exam. There will be 11 of them next semester…

And to perfect the whole day, here’s some great music for you:

Conor Maynard – Use Somebody (Cover)

From the beautiful Freiburg with love,

Patricia