Thursday, 26 November 2015

Gooey Brownies

I was recently requested to make brownies for a fireworks party that my boyfriends parents had. I have always been wary of making brownies, the last time I made them they did not turn out well but that was years ago so it was always worth another shot.
Gorgeous smell, gooey and moist. What more could you want ?! They actually turned out alright this time!
So lets get into it.


Ingredients

185g Unsalted butter
185g Dark Chocolate
85g Plain Flour
40g Cocoa Powder
3 Large Eggs
275g Caster Sugar
50g Milk Chocolate Chips

Optional: Mixed Nuts

Method

I used my stand alone mixer for this because the eggs and sugar will need a lot of beating together, I also preheated the oven to 180C.
So to begin with i added my eggs and sugar into my mixer and turned that on a medium speed for at least 5 minutes,you need to have the mix double in size so just keep going until it has because this will give you your volume in the brownies. While these are beating together I melted the chocolate and the butter in a bowl sat on a saucepan with a small amount of water in. Once this has melted and cooled down I slowly added it into the egg mixture while the mixer is on a slow speed. Once you have added this you with need to sieve in the Cocoa Powder and Plain Flour. 
I then took the bowl off of the mixer and folded in the chocolate chips and nuts (I just bought an already cut and mixed nuts bag from the supermarket).
Line a square brownie tin with butter and then grease proof paper, pour in the brownie mixture and place on a middle shelf for 30-40 minutes.
Bring out the oven to cool down for 15 minutes then cut into squares and leave to cool completely.
Not too hard,even without a stand alone mixer you can do this (you will just need muscles!)







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Friday, 6 November 2015

Gingerbread Cookies

So this is a tiny bit late for Halloween but better late than never aye ?
Since last Christmas I have wanted to attempt at making gingerbread but never found the time and when I did it was not the right time of the year (I'm a very seasonal baker}. So now it is that time of year again I decided to take full advantage so expect a couple of posts towards Christmas ;). 
So let me get into the recipe.

Ingredients

100g Butter
350g Plain flour
175g Sugar
5 Tsp Ground Ginger
1 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tsp Bicarb
4 Tbsp Golden Syrup
1 Egg


To begin with I sieved all of the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.  
I then used my stand mixer and whisked together the butter,egg and golden syrup. 
Next I started by adding the dry ingredients in steps, each time turning the mixer up to a medium speed and giving it 30 seconds each time to mix together. 
These measurements gave me a perfect consistency. I then rolled the mixture out on to a floured surface and then cut out gingerbread men (you can cut what ever shapes you want to). With it being Halloween at the time I done a gingerbread man and icing skeletons (attempted to anyway) onto them. 
Place on a baking sheet and place into a preheated oven (180C) for 15-20 minutes. 
I recommend taking them off the baking sheet after cooling for 5 minutes and place them on a cooling rack to finish cooling. 
Then proceed to decorate how you wish. 

I hope you all had a marvelous Halloween with all of the trick or treating and if any of you had parties.
Hopefully I will be back to blogging regular soon.





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