It goes without saying that I love cake. I mean, who doesn’t? But baking cakes, now there’s another story. Because truth be told, I have never been one to measure ingredients meticulously. I’m sure this comes from watching my mum cook the best food I have ever eaten, but when you ask her what she put it in it, she’ll always say “ah it was easy, I just threw them in”. There are scales in my parent’s house but they are hidden behind the bread bin, almost inaccessible and hardly get used at all. But with cakes, as Mary Berry would concur, there’s no winging it. It pays to be meticulous, which is where I always fall down.
But this week, with the weather being a bit cloudy – I decided it might be fun to try a bit of baking. You might have already seen our first attempt at baking…pretty it was not, but Emma loved it and so we set about making chocolate brownies that we could all enjoy with some ice cream! This is my other half and my stepson’s favourite so I thought it would be a lovely surprise for them in the evening.
This recipe was a very easy one, even for a baking novice! I adapted it from a recipe by the lovely Harriet at Life With Mrs Lee, which was featured in the Wren Kitchens ‘Little Kitchen Big Ideas’ book. There is a free download of this book available via their blog. I decided to use extra milk chocolate instead of white chocolate and didn’t add raspberries – although this was because I forgot to pick them up, I think they would make a lovely addition.
200g dark chocolate
200g milk chocolate
175g unsalted butter
325g caster sugar
130g plain flour
-Simply preheat your oven to 170 degrees, and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
-Put the chocolate and butter in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water and melt.
-Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, before adding in the flour.
-Add the eggs one at a time and stir until smooth.
-Finally pour into your lined tin and bake from apporximately 40 minutes until it is flaky on top and soft in the centre. Leave the brownie to sit before diving in!
The little lady absolutely loved baking these and it was fab to introduce her to something new! We did both experience a bit of an intense sugar crash after taste-testing the whole way through, but I think that’s just part of the fun. Let me know if you have any favourite recipes in the comments below 🙂