This week I’ve had a real craving for brownies. I haven’t baked anything in a while so I thought why not have a look on line for something easy & quick to make. Hello Google! Popped in ‘brownie recipe’ & this one from the BBC Good Food website appeared.
I had a quick look and thought the recipe looked easy enough. I had most of the ingredients, just needed to get some chocolate. This is where I had to make a change! The recipe calls for dark, milk & white chocolate. The shop only had milk chocolate. All this means is the brownies are super chocolaty & you only need small ones. Not a problem! It’ll just make them last longer!
I’d definitely use this recipe again, even if it is really detailed. I’d use the recommended chocolate next time if I could & cut the brownies up way smaller! They didn’t take long & it was really easy.
Homemade brownies = very happy Crafty Chai household!
I love Pinterest. If you haven’t discovered it yet, be warned: You will get hooked on pictures of pretty things. One of my boards is called ‘Temptations’ and contains pictures of cakes & all things chocolaty! So when I pinned a picture of some Nutella Brownies I was keen to see where it came from & if there was a recipe. This is one of the things I love about Pinterest. Behind every picture is the original source. It led me to Savoury Sweet Life, which is a fantastic blog containing tons of recipes.
As it was my turn to host book group, I decided to bake them for when we’d finished our lengthy literary discussions about our latest book.
I printed the instructions off from the blog & set to work. They were the quickest cakes I’ve ever made (They’re not called 4 ingredient cakes for nothing!) I didn’t have a large egg & I think this affected the recipe. My batter wasn’t as shiny as the batter in the pictures. I was worried they might be a bit dry & I think they could do with being a bit more goey. I think if I’d used a large egg, like the recipe instructed, they would’ve been goey. I added hazelnuts to some but not all.
They went down pretty well & I’d certainly make them again but I would make sure I used a large egg next time. But they went down a treat at bookgroup & there’s even some left for guests visiting this weekend! x
A few weeks ago my OH told me that he was going to take me on a surprise visit somewhere. He had been inspired by Domesticali‘s blog entry – many thanks for this! We went to the delightful Petersham Nurseries. If you have never been then you had better hot foot it over there. It is a lovely little place, full of vintage bits & pieces; plants and delicious brownies! I had one & it was massive! Washed down with tasty coffee – Lush. We could’ve spent all day there. There were some lovely plants, though less than I imagined there would be. There is a lovely shop too although many pieces were too pricey for me, but I did drool over most of what they had. Well worth the visit & I will definitely go back when our garden is ready for planting. They had a lovely range of plants that you don’t normally see in really big garden centres. I think this is mainly due to the way everything has been displayed. It’s all done using vintage bits & pieces which made me want to move in instantly! You can buy the chairs that you sit on for coffee & everything is very relaxed. We didn’t eat in the restaurant but did enjoy the wonders of the cafe. Even the toilets impressed with the lovely way they’d been decorated and the soap & moisturiser combo by the sink!
I’d never heard of this place until my OH took me there but I’ve since discovered that they’ve got a section at the London branch of Selfridges. Personally I’d rather go to the real place – if for no other reason than to enjoy another of the wonderful brownies & a pot of the coffee!