For those celebrating, we would like to wish you the very best for health and happiness!
Happy New Year!
~ Ruby & H
I’m not a huge fan of chocolates, but H is! I took him to Godiva and when we got to the counter, he was waiting for me to choose the flavors. I told him it was his treat for a change, and to pick the ones he liked. Of course he resisted, but after some prodding … Birthday Cake, Key Lime, Tiramisu, Chocolate Lava, Champagne, Smooth Coconut, Salted Almond and Hazelnut Crunch. Mmm!
Mmm … a decadent, chocolaty, chewy and moist brownie – are you craving this?
I tested more than 6 recipes before I was ready to share the results! The ingredients are so simple: melted butter, sugar, eggs, pure vanilla extract, cocoa, salt and flour. Surprisingly, I found a basic recipe works best. I’ve tried others that call for melted unsweetened or bittersweet chocolate, but I personally found them underwhelming.
I baked batch after batch until I didn’t want to see another brownie again. I tweaked 2 recipes that are now my tried and true favourites!
Most of my friends prefer a fudgy brownie, while in our household, we like a cross between fudgy and cake-like. What we don’t crave are the gooey, wet-like brownies that leave a chocolaty layer on the roof of our mouths :(
Both recipes are not only easy, but super-fast. You can whip up a batch before your oven heats up! And, you don’t need a stand mixer, just one bowl, a whisk and a wooden spoon!
Bake some today, and don’t forget to let me know which one you prefer.
Fudgy Chocolaty Brownies
Makes 9 squares
Adapted from bonappetit.com
* Fudgy, deep chocolate flavor, chewy but won’t stick to the roof of your mouth!
Fudgy and Cake-Like Brownies
Makes 9 squares
Adapted from allrecipes.com
* Best of both worlds: fudgy and cake-like
Dragon Fruit is a beautiful type of cactus also referred to as Pitaya. Its origin is unknown, but believed to be from Mexico and cultivated around the world. It is more commonly found in Thailand and Vietnam. The color can be a vibrant red or yellow with layers of leaves.
A dragon fruit is ready to eat when you press on the outside flesh and it gives slightly. Any softer than this and it will be too ripe. After washing the fruit, simply cut in half. The flesh is easy to scoop out and contains black edible seeds, similar to kiwi (the skin is very bitter and inedible).
Upon entering the hotel, we were greeted with an impressive waterfall, as well as a towering Christmas tree and fireplace. Seasons at the Prince is casual, yet elegant at the same time. The decor is very clean, modern and minimalist, with more sleek fireplaces.
Seating is spaced well and very comfortable, with a lot of options for privacy. The semi-circular booths looked very cozy, and we loved our table for 2 which offered a beautiful view of the parklands.
We arrived early and Aladdin was gracious in allowing me to take pictures before the brunch started. He was “very” attentive throughout our stay, making sure we were well taken care of!
A unique selection of hot and cold buffet items were available, and on our visit we enjoyed the stuffed lobster shells, oysters, mussels and shrimp, salads, danishes, croissants, the omelet and carving station, chocolate waffles, and so much more. The food was very fresh and nicely presented, and I noticed dishes were replenished very quickly.
Fresh juices, smoothies and fruit balanced out an indulgent brunch, but of course my mind was on the dessert table! Being a dessert lover, I noticed a beautifully displayed dessert table and was tempted to start there first!
What’s On Our Plates
My favorite desserts were the chocolate mousse cake which was not too sweet, Tiramisu and Chocolate Pots de Crème.
Jolanta, our server, suggested we make room for the bread pudding, but to honest, it looked quite plain to me. As they say, “looks can be deceiving.” I’m so glad we gave it a try … the bread pudding was pure decadence! The addition of a very light, yet creamy and thick vanilla sauce was amazing.
Most surprising was the coffee, as I prefer tea. When we asked Jolanta, she informed us it was Starbucks. While we love Starbucks lattes, H does not like their coffee, but this particular blend was mild and smooth, with no bitter aftertaste. Of course H enjoyed the pot that was left on our table, and I helped myself to several cups as well!
While the restaurant was booked solid, we never felt rushed to finish our brunch. We lingered long after everyone had left, and I was impressed that food was still being served, fresh as when we first arrived.
We were having such a relaxing afternoon, looking out at the beautiful grounds when Jamy and Jolanta brought out yet another piece of dessert while singing Happy Birthday. It was very nice that they took the time to chat with us! Most often, servers are in a hurry to clean up and usher guests out, but this was not the case at Seasons at the Prince!
We had a very enjoyable brunch, the service was amazing, and we’re already looking forward to returning soon!
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