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dessert & snack,Recipe

Brownie

Best brownie ever | Aliz’s Wonderland #brownie #recipe #chocolate #flourless

Best brownie ever. Yes, I know, everyone says that about their own…. BUT! My brownie recipe is flourless, contains only 6 ingredients and easy to prepare. What else do you need?!

For me and for my friends (cause I always bake for my friends and colleagues) this is the best brownie 🙂

I also prepared this chocolate miracle for my boyfriend, I tested it before to make sure. Haha, I was satisfied with the solution, handed to him saying it’s good. His reaction before tasting: Okay (he is used to the tasty sweets). His reaction during/after tasting: MMMMMM it’s goooood (saying with sparkling eyes). He also added: you could prepare this every weekend…

So, are you interested now??!! Here we go:

Tips and tricks before starting

All of the dairy ingredients should be at room temperature, so make sure to take them out from the fridge 1-2 hours before starting. This way the diaries combine better, become smoother and will help to get the perfect texture and taste.

I add ground almond instead of flour, so the taste becomes special. If you prefer walnut or nut, feel free to replace the almond. It also works with almond flour.

The salt emphasizes the taste of chocolate, don’t miss it 🙂 Always use salt in cakes or in any kind of desserts with chocolate.

Every oven works differently, so 1st time check the cake before the required baking time. I baked it on 200 oC (392 oF), but maybe your oven is stronger, so be careful not to overbake the cake.

I use a Bosch kitchen machine for beating everything because I have to work less this way. The mixing is also working well manually 🙂 I know because I didn’t always have the kitchen machine.

Preparation time: 15 min

Baking time: 10 min

Ingredients for a 30 x 20 cm baking tray:

  • 250 g dark chocolate
  • 125 g butter
  • 1/3 cup (80 g) brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) ground almond
  • pinch of salt

Best brownie ever | Aliz’s Wonderland #brownie #recipe #chocolate #flourless

How to make the best brownie ever?

Preheat the oven to 200 oC (392 oF). Place parchment paper into your baking tray and set aside.

Place the butter and the chopped dark chocolate into a pot, seat over low heat and stir until the chocolate has melted and fully combined with the butter. Add the pinch of salt and stir a bit more.

Beat up the eggs with the brown sugar until their cubage is doubled. Stir in the ground almond and finally add the chocolate mixture to it.

Brownie

Spread the mixture into a pan and bake for 10 minutes to get the perfect condition. Check the oven after 8 minutes, and remove it if the top looks solid. It can have big “bubbles”, but it will go back.

Leave it cool down and keep it in the pan, it supposed to be slightly fluid inside.

You can serve it with vanilla ice cream, which makes the taste more intense and delicious.

Best brownie ever | Aliz’s Wonderland #brownie #recipe #chocolate #flourless

Best brownie ever | Aliz’s Wonderland #brownie #recipe #chocolate #flourless

Bake this flourless brownie and let me know your opinion. In case you post it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.
Enjoy it and pin the photo to have the recipe on your Pinterest board!

Best brownie ever | Aliz’s Wonderland #brownie #recipe #chocolate #flourless

Brownie
Brownie
Brownie

I believe it will be your favourite too.

I’m so curious…. 😉 Did you like it?

Design,DIY & organization,Home decor & design

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Yoni Alter - Shapes of Cities

After the renovation of my apartment I ran out of money, so had to save money. I had the main furniture, but the walls were empty and it didn’t feel like home. First I went to some home decoration stores, but I couldn’t find anything good on a reasonable price.

So I set myself into DIY mode and decided to prepare my own wall decoration. I bought some simple colourful frames in Ikea and placed prints into them. I had to pay only for the frames and the printing, this way very cost-efficient.

I was looking for pictures, illustrations on Pinterest (where else?!), saved a lot to my funny & cute and to my art & illustration boards and choose my favourites. It was a bit hard because I found a lot of cute and also inspiring pictures.

The chosen ones:

Art pieces by Yoni Alter

I’m an architect, I like architecture and colourful graphics, what a surprise 😉 Hihihi 🙂 No need for explanation, why these illustrations amaze me. Yoni Alter, a London-based designer and art director created the colourful collection called Shapes of Cities. It includes around 60 cities (London, Paris, Barcelona, New York, San Francisco, Sydney) around the world, each city is presented by the most famous and characteristic landmarks, accurate to scale and to shape.

I picked London and Rio de Janeiro.

I’ve been in London several times, I love the vividness and unique shapes of the city. Every time I look at the print, I start to smile thanks to the wonderful memories.

Rio de Janeiro is on my bucket list since I have a bucket list. I’ll travel to Brazil in December, I can’t wait to get there. So looking at the graphic makes me excited 🙂

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Yoni Alter - Shapes of Cities

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Yoni Alter - Shapes of Cities

Happiness overload

Life is good, because of… squirrels, cereal, yellow tulips, moomins, mascara, tea, records, baking, polaroids, sprinkles, Topshop and … yeah, the list is quite long.

I found this funny and cute illustration on Pinterest, of course 😉 I printed and placed into a colourful frame for my BFF’s birthday, she also likes squirrels, unicorns, Instagram and aubergine… Who’s not???!!!

I loved it, so surprised myself with another one 🙂 After a while she told me, one of her friends also made a copy for herself 🙂 Life is gooooood!

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Life is good

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Life is good

Cute and funny kittens

I surprised my ex-flatmate with this pinky kitty pic for her birthday. Yes, another birthday gift… She is obsessed with cats and her room needed some colour. I prefer dogs, but I have to admit, this pic is super cute.

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget

Malinovka drawings

Malinovka is a Hungarian graphic brand with a unique, characteristic and playful design. The patterns are simple but spectacular. Check out the rest here.

I chose 4 postcards matching my kitchen design and colours.  The kitchen furniture is with white and wooden surfaces, that’s why the pieces of equipment and the accessories are colourful, so these Malinovka cards are perfect with their colours and simplicity.

I bought these postcards in a design store in Budapest. Malinokva products are available in many shops: Csendes, Decolabor, Fian concept, Fiók, Flatlab, Insitu, Iparművészeti Múzeum Shop, Két Egér Könyvesbolt, Ludwig Múzeum shop, Prezent, MONO Art and Design.

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Malinovka postcard

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Malinovka postcard

I am super happy and satisfied with my prints, they reflect my personality and make me smile.

So decorate your room with inspiring photos and what makes you happy!

What kind of illustrations do you like my art lover friend?

Hungary,Travel tips & Destinations

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István-bazilika) is the largest church in Budapest. The building dominates the city centre with its height. It is 96 meter high, just like the Parliament, with this height the basilica is the 2nd highest church in Hungary. According to current regulations, there cannot be taller building in Budapest than 96 metres.

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

A brief history of St. Stephen’s Basilica

It is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary, whose mummified body is buried in the undercroft and his supposed right hand is kept in the reliquary.

The construction began in 1851 in accordance with the plans of József Hild. The dome collapsed in 1868, that required demolition of the completed works and rebuilding from the ground up. It was finished in 1905 after 54 years of construction, according to the plans of Miklós Ybl (he also designed the Opera House on the Andrássy Avenue) and was completed by József Kauser. It was built in neo-classicist style. The facade is framed by two large bell towers. Hungary’s biggest bell hangs in the southern tower, weighing over 9 tonnes.

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

The interior is characterized by rich ornamentation. Maybe it looks too much at first, just go closer and observe the details. Beautiful work is the five-part mosaic in the sanctuary displaying the allegories of the holy mass.

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

Panorama Lookout Tower

Don’t miss the panoramic view from the top. The ticket is cheap and the view is spectacular. The ticket office is at the church entrance. Walk up the stairs (364 steps) or take the elevators up to the dome’s observation deck. The stairs start at the ticket office, if you prefer to take the elevator, it’s on the other side behind the shop.

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

Up there you can walk around the dome, the view is amazing to every direction. The Parliament, Buda Castle and Citadel are also visible from there.

For more panoramas check out this other blog post: Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest, Hungary recommended by a local. (And yes, the local is me!)

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

Useful information

Basilica

Opening time:

Monday-Saturday: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday: 7:45am – 7:00pm

Admission:

Free (donation at the entrance) / Guided tours: 2000 HUF (Monday-Friday: 10:00am-3:00pm)

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

Panorama Lookout Tower

Opening time (every day):

June, July, August, September: 10:00am – 6:30pm

April, May, October: 10:00am – 5:30pm

November, December, January, February, March: 10:00am – 4:30pm

Admission:

Adult ticket: 600 HUF / Student, pensioner ticket: 400 HUF

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

How to get there?

Address: 1051 Budapest, Szent István tér 1.

By public transportation

St Stephen square (Szent István tér) can be reached from many directions.

By metro

It’s halfway between Deák Ferenc square and Arany János street M3 metro stations. Metro line M1 station called, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky street is also close.

By bus

Bus 9 station called Szent István bazilika

By tram

Tram 2 goes on the Danube bank, 5 minutes walk from Széchenyi István tér.

On foot

Located in the V. district, in the city centre, few minutes walk from Deák Ferenc square and from the Danube.

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

This is one of my favourite spot in Budapest. I showed it to my parents, always recommend it to my friends and their friends from abroad. Enjoy your visit there and take a walk around the area!

Interested in towers, viewpoints, scenic panorama? Read my other post for more ideas.

How did you like it? Did you visit the Panorama Lookout Tower?

Recipe,smoothie & drink

Tropical pineapple smoothie

Tropical pineapple smoothie

This easy and quick tropical pineapple smoothie is made with just 3 ingredients. The coconut milk and unique taste of cardamom make the pineapple very delicious. It’s perfect for any time of the day.

One of my colleagues asked me the other day in the morning: Have you ever heard about cardamom? I said: Yes, of course (what a question…). He replied: I knew, you will know it.

Because in the morning he bought a pastry with cardamom recommended by the barista of a very good coffee shop in Budapest. He said: I feel energetic 🙂 I added: Yeah because cardamom has mood-elevating properties 🙂

Tropical pineapple smoothie

Ingredients guide:

Pineapple

Pineapple is a tropical fruit. The main agent of pineapple is bromelain. Bromelain helps with breaking down complex proteins and reduce inflammation. It has many health benefits: helps to lose weight, improve digestion, detoxicate, prevent cancer, improve heart health, etc. Beside the fat-burning effect, it decreases the hunger sensation and provides your body with important vitamins (such as vitamin B6 and C) and minerals.

Cardamom

Cardamom is an Indian spice with a strong flavour and aroma. There are 2 main types. Black cardamom has a smokey and bitter taste. Green cardamom is one of the more expensive spices by weight. It is best stored in the pod as exposed or ground seeds quickly lose their flavour. For recipes requiring whole cardamom pods, a generally accepted equivalent is 10 pods equals 1,5 teaspoons of ground cardamom. It is believed to have mood-elevating properties, so it’s used as an antidepressant. It improves blood circulation and digestion, good for the teeth.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is the grated meat of a mature coconut. It is lactose-free, so can be used as a milk substitute. It is a good source of calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D. Coconut milk helps to protect the body from infections and viruses.

Ingredients for 2 glasses:

  • half of a big pineapple
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom

Tropical pineapple smoothie

How to make it?

Peel the pineapple and cut it into pieces. Place into the blender with the coconut milk and the cardamom. Blend on full strength until smooth. Check the consistency, add more milk if needed.

Pour into glasses, you can hint the top with a pinch of cardamom and now the smoothie is ready to serve. Yeeeey!

 

Blend it and let me know your opinion. In case you post it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Enjoy your tropical drink and pin the photo to have the recipe on your Pinterest board!

Tropical pineapple smoothie

Sooooo? Can you feel the energy?