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Brownies & Bars, Recipes / 25.06.2018

Blondies are perhaps considered to be the less popular sister of the Brownie. Why? Because, for most people chocolate trumps vanilla. However, after tasting these Brown Butter Blondies, I'm certainly questioning where my preference lies. By simply browning the butter beforehand, the flavour of these Blondies is enhanced with a delicious nuttiness. The texture is not cake-like, but dense and moist when you sink your teeth into one. A bit of crunch from some toasted hazelnuts, a burst of sweetness from white chocolate chunks and there you have it - the perfect Blondie. Ingredients: (Makes 16) 175g butter 225g brown sugar (I used light muscavado) 2...

Brownies & Bars, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 22.06.2018

My love for Snickers chocolate bars began about 5 years ago when my husband and I went travelling. No matter what country we were in, Snickers seemed to be available. At times, like in China, I think it was the only Western chocolate bar around. A familiar and delicious remedy for homesickness! It turns out, Snickers is the most popular chocolate bar in the world and has been around for 90 years! The best news of all is now you can make your very own Snickers bars at home. Although there are a several layers it is actually very straighforward to...

Biscuits & Cookies, Brownies & Bars, Recipes / 13.06.2018

Juicy, ripe plums are right up there with my favourite fruits. These Spiced Plum Crumble Bars make excellent use of them! A shortbread base and crisp, buttery crumble topping encase the sweet plums, which actually reduce and become jammy in texture during baking. So delish! Adding a touch of spice really brings out the autumn flavour of this bake. Ingredients: For the base: 150g butter, softened 75g castor sugar 5ml vanilla extract 225g flour pinch of salt For the plum layer: 7-8 medium plums 1 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp cornflour For the crumble topping: 240g butter, cold 180g castor sugar 340g flour pinch of salt Directions: Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 20...

Biscuits & Cookies, Brownies & Bars, Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts / 06.06.2018

I previously discovered that brownies and choc-chip cookies are phenomenal friends when I made my Choc-chip Cookie Oreo Brownies. Which got me thinking about S’mores. Traditionally these American campfire treats are made by sandwiching chocolate and a marshmallow between two Graham Crackers (digestive-like biscuits). This combination of layers inspired me to make a S’mores-inspired Layer Cake using choc-chip cookies, brownies, chocolate ganache and marshmallow meringue. I was expecting it to be pretty delicious - I mean you can’t really go wrong with that combo, right? But let me tell you - this cake was delicious on another level! And rather grand-looking too,...

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