Cakes, Chocolate, Food

Double Chocolate Brownies

It’s been a while since I’ve made brownies, and I’ve managed to misplace my “go to” brownie recipe which I loved. I don’t like nuts in my brownies so was delighted to come across a simple double chocolate brownie recipe with no nuts in sight. These were a massive hit with friends that visited, and I’ve had to make them another couple of times since then.

 

Ingredients:

  • 300g caster sugar
  • 115g butter/margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Pinch of salt
  • 115g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 140g plain flour
  • 100g white chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 170 deg C

Start off by putting the butter/margarine and broken up chocolate into a pan and heating until the butter and chocolate have melted. Allow this to cool.

While cooling, weigh out sugar and vanilla essence. Add this to the melted mixture and stir in.

Add the eggs (one at a time is probably best) to the mixture, ensuring they are fully combined. If mixture is too hot at this point then the eggs will cook – I have a feeling that brownies with scrambled egg is not a pleasant delicacy…

Once the eggs have been mixed in with the chocolate/sugar/butter mix, begin adding the flour and cocoa powder and stir in gradually. If you stir too quickly then flour goes everywhere and you have to clean up. Trust me, I’ve made this error so that you don’t have to.

The final thing to go into the mix is the white chocolate chips (or plain, or milk, or a mixture. It’s completely up to you). Give it a quick stir, and voila! The mix is done and it just needs cooking.

Pour the mixture into a greased or lined tin. I used foil backed parchment paper because it was all I had to hand, but if you grease the tin before you pour you should be ok. Hopefully your oven should be nice and warm by now, ready for the brownie mix. It needs to cook for about 35-40 minutes. The top should be just starting to crack a little bit.

Let it cool, then remove from tin and cut into individual pieces (or don’t, we won’t judge you).

The first and third time I made this, I added a topping before cutting it up. All I did was melt some white chocolate, and spread it over the top of the brownie before melting some dark chocolate and putting that over the white chocolate in lines. I just used a spoon, and melting too much dark chocolate in this version. Looks messy, tasted great.Brownies 8 topping

 

 

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Food, Health, Meal Planning, Passing Judgement, Product Reviews

Yoghurt maker review

I recently bought a yoghurt maker from Lakelands. It cost £19.99 and since I got it, I’ve used it about 10 times and it’s great.

You only need two teaspoons of yoghurt as a catalyst to make a whole litre so if you keep some back at the end of every batch you never have to buy yoghurt again.

You do need milk though. Any milk can be used but the easiest option is Uht milk as it has been pasturised already (heated and cooled in a specific way to eliminate bacteria) otherwise you have to do this yourself and it time consuming and (to me) more complicated than its worth.

I’ve also purchased some muslin cloth to strain the yoghurt. This makes it thicker and more the consistency of total yoghurt that the runnier natural or Greek style yoghurts you get in the supermarket.

There were a few options I found when looking for this yoghurt maker, including a £10 option from Wilkos. I ruled this one out because although the machine was cheaper, they advised you to use sachets of powder with milk to make the yoghurt and the packets were £2.50 each (plus milk) so overall it wasn’t as cost effective.

There were also other options that for example had several jars that you incubated at once however for me space is an issue so I wanted something more compact (and I got 4 smaller but ideally sized Tupperware tubs from wilkos to store the yoghurt in).

Admittedly I don’t eat flavoured yoghurt, I tend to eat plain yoghurt with fruit and honey or make my version of a yoghurt salad as a savoury option which I enjoy with spicy foods. So I can’t say weather this would be the right product for you if you’re looking to make flavoured yoghurt.

It’s definitely a good option for me though as its got no added sugars at all and I can make it to whatever texture I require using muslin cloth.

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Food, Health, Meal Planning

Breakfast Egg Muffins

This is one of the simplest, most delicious and really filling breakfasts I have ever had. 

The recipe below makes 6 muffins and I eat 2 per day for my breakfast. By using the ham to make a muffin case these muffins become much easier to eat with your hands. I eat mine cold on a morning at my desk. It really helps to start my day well and because they’re delicious, I haven’t got sick of eating them so far! 

The method is simple:

  1.  Put a dollop of coconut oil in the bottom of each hole in the muffin tray 
  2. Line each hole with the wafer thin ham
  3. Mix the eggs in a pouring jug 
  4. Cut the veg into small chunks 
  5. Mix the veg with the eggs
  6. Pour the mix into the ham lines muffins cases
  7. Cook for 40 mins – 180 degrees in a fan assisted oven (Probably overkill but I’d rather over cook them!) 
  • Coconut oil 
  • x3 large eggs
  • Wafer thin ham
  • X1 spring onion 
  • X1 salad tomato 

I like to use smoked ham for added flavour but it can be over powering… So beware if you’re not keen on the smokey flavour. 

Also you might want to add chia seeds for a bit of extra nutrition.

You could swap out the veg in this recipe as it’s really versatile, just be careful of quantities. You don’t need much to fill the muffin holes; the above quantities make perfect sized muffins (in my opinion)!! 

Enjoy – let me know what you think 🙂 

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Don’t judge me but I loved Planning my friends Baby Shower

So recently my friend has had a baby and as soon as she told me she was pregnant, I cried, congratulated her and I asked if I could arrange a baby shower. She agreed and following my usual planning process, I set about creating a Pinterest board with inspiration for cute baby shower themes, gifts, accessories, decorations, games and food ideas.

Baby showers are traditionally an American affair but I love the idea of getting people together to celebrate the arrival of a new baby.

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Cooking for One – Quick Quinoa – Budget Friendly

Super quick post to share one of my new favourite recipes for quinoa…

I have recently become a fan and have developed the below technique to suit me for food prep for the week and it’s pretty healthy too which is a bonus!

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Cooking for a family tea – Spanish Chicken Recipe

This is my take on Spanish Chicken, the below is a recipe for cooking for a family of 4 adults. You can edit quantities dependant on people’s appetites/ if there’s any children eating.

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