Lately, my other half and I have been trying to make more of an effort to schedule in a date night as we find the weeks can whizz past without us doing a single thing just the two of us! My stepson is now getting a bit older and we often find we have a Saturday night to ourselves but with Emma being so small still, it’s time to bring date night to us. Joining Netflix a few months ago has given our evenings a real focus and we’re no longer moaning about there being nothing on the TV.
With the arrival of Stranger Things Series Two, the lovely team at Netflix sent us a box of goodies along with a Candice Brown (winner of the Great British Bake Off Series 7) chocolate brownie recipe to inspire us to get baking for our nights in. Emma loves baking with me but this time round, I was a little cheeky and baked them myself when she was at nursery. When she arrived home to a bowl of chocolate treats, she was very excited to see them and I loved seeing her reaction.
chocolate brownies by candice brown :: the recipe
The recipe was very simple to follow – I am not au fait with baking, I can assure you! I also decided to swap out the sugar for maple syrup as I forgot to pick some up when I was shopping. It worked really well and the brownies tasted much richer, I thought. It only took me 30 minutes to whip this up and then a further 25 minutes baking in the oven.
Makes 9 squares
200g self raising flour
200g crunchy peanut butter (plus an additional 50g for the topping)
175g dark chocolate
175g brown sugar (we used 200ml pure maple syrup)
Optional: hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds, to add to the mixture
-Heat the oven to 160C and grease a square baking tin with butter & line with greaseproof paper
-Using a medium sized saucepan, heat the dark chocolate, sugar and peanut butter until melted
-Transfer into a mixing bowl and add the eggs one by one. Mix together well until it looks glossy
-Slowly add the sifted flour until mixed together and transfer into your baking tin
-Heat the remaining 50g peanut butter in a saucepan and drizzle on top of the mixture
-Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through
So now we have our treats, it was time to settle down to watch something we love on Netflix. We watched The Meyerowitz Stories together recently, which was hilarious. It centred around a Jewish family and had a very Woody Allen feel to it, which is right up our street. I’ve also been enjoying Stranger Things Series Two and have been binge-watching Riverdale too. There’s so much to watch on Netflix and I seem to be ploughing through each series one by one; Breaking Bad only took me a few weeks to watch 5 series! I also filmed a little video while baking the brownies and would love you to have a look over on my YouTube channel:
Disclaimer: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team this year and they send me goodies like these from time to time.