Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Ultimate Brownies

I think that's quite enough healthiness in January - now is the time when we need to combat the dark evenings, cold mornings and constant rain with warm, gooey, chocolatey goodness. What's better than brownies?

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Homemade brownie recipe

You will need:
200g dark chocolate
100g butter
6 eggs
400g caster sugar
100g self raising flour
Optional: 150g walnuts, pecans or dried cranberries

In a bowl whisk the eggs and caster sugar, then add the flour. Separately, soften the butter and melt the chocolate in the microwave (in 15 second bursts, stirring well in between). Combine the chocolate and butter, then add to the mixture. Add the nuts or cranberries. Line a tin with baking parchment and cook at 130C for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Handmade chocolates

I still have a couple of things to share with you from before Christmas. First up are these chocolates that I made for presents. I had SO much fun making these. Use high quality chocolate and melt it to 3/4 done in the microwave (in small bursts) and melt the rest by stirring - this should keep it shiny. Tap the moulds while you fill them to get rid of any air bubbles. I definitely recommend the silicone moulds over metal, they are much easier to work with.

Step 1: Fill the moulds

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Step 2: pictures!

homemade chocolate gifts

homemade chocolate gifts

homemade chocolate gifts
 Step 3: Gift wrapping

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homemade chocolate gifts
Homemade chocolate gifts

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Healthy Banana Muffins

If you are on a health kick in January (like me) these muffins are great as you can still get your baking fix but not feel too guilty about it. They don't contain a lot of fat or sugar, so they are definitely better than a regular cupcake. I recommend them with a cup of tea for breakfast.

low fat healthy banana muffin recipe

You will need:
125g melted butter 
500g self-raising flour 
2 tsp baking powder 
Pinch of salt 
3 tsp allspice
130 caster sugar 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
4 large, ripe bananas 
Large squeeze of golden syrup
4 eggs 
250ml milk 
Handful of chopped walnuts, sunflower seeds or desiccated coconut (optional)
Makes approx 24

Heat the oven to 180C. Melt the butter and leave it to cool while you mash the bananas. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and spice, then add the caster sugar and stir through.

Beat together the eggs, vanilla extract, butter and milk in a second bowl. Add the mashed banana and stir well. 

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the egg mixture, stirring roughly with a fork until it is a lumpy paste. Don't mix any more than you need to. Add the nuts or coconut if required.

Spoon the mixture into paper cases or small squares of baking parchment. If you have made more than one flavour you may like to sprinkle some extra on the top so that you can tell which is which.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. 

low fat healthy banana muffin recipe

low fat healthy banana muffin recipe
Healthy banana muffin recipe

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