“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”
A gift of love…Brownies in a box!

This is a box of brownies that I baked for a dear old lady who lives nearby. She is about 78 years old & makes sure she stops by to say ‘Good Morning’ to me at the childrens‘ bus stop every single morning! Two days without a meeting, & she comes by our place to catch up with me! She is a warm, wonderful person, so positive & so full of life, that one wonders why we crib about silly little things! Always helpful, always forthcoming & forever smiling! A very large-hearted lady indeed. Her husband was in the Indian Army & passed away several years ago; she now lives with her daughter, & can teach many of us how to live life fully!! I baked these for her birthday a while ago…coz she said she used to make brownies when she was young & loved them. She loved these so much…that she actually set out to bake them a couple of weeks later!!

She loves good food & good company…this post is a tribute to her! Hat’s off to her for living life king size!!
Sugar High Fridays #41…Sweet Gifts!
I’m posting this for Danielle @ Habeas Brulee who is thrilled to be hosting this month’s Sugar High Friday. She says “Sugar High Friday is a travelling event that was originally created by Jennifer of The Domestic Goddess. The theme for March is: Sugar High Friday #41: Sweet Gifts. Post the recipe for a dessert you made (or want to make) for someone else. Any sweet will do, as long as you also share the story of why you made (or want to make) that particular dessert for that particular person! ” I guess this fits the bill Danielle! BTW, the name Habeas Brulee reminds me of creme bruleeMmmmmmmmmmm!
Brownie heaven!
This recipe is one I got from a friend of my mothers’ ages ago, & have tweaked it a bit here & there. Always gives me perfect, no fuss brownies. Great for dessert…warmed & served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, or just for the kiddies school snack box too. It’s a versatile recipe; I’ve made mocha brownies, cinnamon ones, walnut & chocolate-chip, walnut & raisin…works fine everytime! BIG HIT as a dessert & something than can be made in advance…what can be better!! You can even serve strawberries & cream with them.
Butter – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 2/3 cup
Eggs – 2 large

Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Cocoa – 1/2 cup
Flour – 2/3 cup
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 pinch
Walnuts – 1 cup /chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line a 10.5″ X 6.5″ or 8″ X 8″ pan with a 2″ depth.
  • Sift the flour + cocoa + baking powder + salt. Set aside.
  • Beat the butter & sugar till light & fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs + vanilla extract.
  • Fold in the flour mix + walnuts till just incorporated. Don’t overmix. The batter will be thickish.
  • Turn batter into tin & level out evenly with a spatula/butter knife.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes. Test with a wooden pick.
  • Leave to cool in tin on rack, & then chill, covered, for at least 2-3 hours or overnight before cutting.
  • Once cut, drizzle with melted dark chocolate, or sift icing sugar over them. Refrigerate.
  • Note: Warm in the microwave for 15 seconds & indulge further with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream!

Sweet gifts are made of these…

& these home made chocolates too…
that my friend’s Mom made specially for us when they came over for dinner a few days ago. The longer ones wrapped in red are orange flavoured, & the ones in green are walnuts encased in chocolate. Absolutely delicious & almost gone…the picture’s all that’s left.
Thank you for choosing ‘Sweet Gifts’ for SHF Danielle.
I think it’s the best gift, home-made & something money can’t buy!!
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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  • Rachel
    8 years ago

    I the same brownies quite often….but with different nuts each time..

    Lovely gesture for you to have baked her these!

  • SMN
    8 years ago

    hey lovely browines..

  • Purnima
    8 years ago

    So sweet of you Deeba, to bake these artistically pretty brownies for the lady!! They look so pretty that this wednesday u will get a feedback on them from me ๐Ÿ˜€ Lovely pics-goes without saying, isn’t! Ur baked goodies r sureshot success-measurewise!!tks for sharing!

  • ranji
    8 years ago

    Thats a nice story and a sweet tribute deeba…and as always ur baked goods r delectably delicious:)

  • familiabencomo
    8 years ago

    Good morning, sweet Deeba! Nothing says love like baked goods. How kind of you to honor this woman. You’re right, we can learn so much from the old souls around us.

    Beautiful photos! Great way to start the week, thank you.

    tanti baci, Amy

  • Vaishali
    8 years ago

    Deeba, these brownies are spectacular, and I love the attention to detail. It’s my first time here, but I absolutely love your site. You have some great goodies.

  • Kalai
    8 years ago

    Love these brownies!! I just finished the last of the brownies I made… Will post that soon, too. :)

  • Dhivya
    8 years ago

    so nice fo u made this for friend:))love these brownies!!!!

  • Manggy
    8 years ago

    Oh Deeba, I love brownies!!! You’re just so sweet, giving them away! I think I would have eaten them all myself.

  • jasmine
    8 years ago

    What a great gift for your friend. I’m sure she appreciates such an act of kindness.


  • anu
    8 years ago


    Your site is like a daily ritual for me :) I love your recipes .. and would be trying many of them probably after my delivery :) and when i start my blog..:)
    The way you present all goodies they look wonderful and look real tempting.
    from where do you manage all the gift boxes they look real nice.
    And is it possible to share the cinnamon brownie recipe.. thanks for sharing all the recipes..


  • Saswati
    8 years ago

    Hi Deeba thats so sweet of you to bake those brownies for the lady…and do i have to mention that the brownies look gr8:)Nice to know we have lots of similarities :)

  • meeso
    8 years ago

    What a great story, and how nice for you to make her some brownies…I’m sure she enjoyed the thought even more than the brownies themselves :)

  • Meeta
    8 years ago

    a sweet gesture and these brownies are perfect! Nice one Deeba!

  • Purnima
    8 years ago
    Got to know reg abv link from Nags,just wanted to know if you wd b interested in participating as you too have very gorgeous,jaw dropping snaps here! (gonna make the van.cupcakes again wt ganache topping shortly! )

  • Ivy
    8 years ago

    What a lucky lady to have you as a neighbour. But then, I think you are also to have such a kind person as a neighbour as well. I do not need to comment about your brownies. The picture says everything.

  • Dee
    8 years ago

    Wow Deeba, Ur one passionate baker… love the brownies !!! i love to eat warm brownies with cold icecream

  • Mike of Mike's Table
    8 years ago

    Sounds like a great neighbor to have…her and you! Those brownies look delicious and I like the triangle/wedge cut photos–its a nice change from the normal squares.

  • SaraLynn
    8 years ago

    Now I need chocolate! I am so glad I came acrodd your blog! It is so fun to read. Of course, I always come away hungry! lol

  • The Apron Queen
    8 years ago

    I am going to the store RIGHT now for ingredients! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Stop by for a visit. I’ll even save a piece of brownie for you!

    Confessions of an Apron Queen:

  • Joy @ Joy Of Desserts
    8 years ago

    Sounds great and versatile. That little old lady sounds SO NICE. You are both good neighbors. :-)

  • Patricia Scarpin
    8 years ago

    The person getting that box is so lucky!

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