Friday, 8 February 2013

An Adventure

So I've been very busy this evening baking some of my favourite treats to take on our adventure. Well, maybe that's pushing it a bit... we're going on a trip to Scotland! Yay! Kind of an adventure? So anyway I have been spending my Friday evening baking delicious chocolatey things. Now, just a note, I know I've made these before and made variations of them before, but,  they are just so good; and make great presents! So the yummy adventure bakes are... Chocolate chip and hazelnut brownies as well as peanut butter squares.

Enjoy any of your adventures, have fun and eat cake. But you wont be hearing from me again this weekend, as I will be far to busy doing all that myself!

Here's some pictures and the recipes again,




All boxed up!
Much love Alex-Rose



Brownies
Ingredients:
  • 285g Dark Chocolate (The recipe says at least 70% coco solids but I've never used that stronger chocolate! Mine is normally about 54%)
  • 115g Unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 450g Soft light brown sugar
  • 6 Large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon of good quality vanilla extract
  • 160g Plain flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of baking powder
  • 230g Dark/White chocolate chunks
  • 1009g Hazelnut halves
Method:
Preheat oven to 150c/gas mark 2. Grease and line your baking tin and set aside for later. Melt your dark chocolate and butter in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. Leave to cool.


Put the sugar into a large bowl. In a small bowl beat the eggs and vanilla extract until combined, and add to the sugar. I find that the mix is often quite lumpy, but just keep mixing and it will smooth out. Set the bowl aside, and take this time to chop your hazelnuts and chocolate into medium sized pieces. Now your melted butter and dark chocolate should be cool, add this to the sugar and eggs and mix well until fully combined. Sieve in your flour, nuts and chocolate then stir again! Finally pour into your tray, and bake for 35-40 minutes.
Preheat oven to 150c/gas mark 2. Grease and line your baking tin and set aside for later. Melt your dark chocolate and butter in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. Leave to cool.
Put the sugar into a large bowl. In a small bowl beat the eggs and vanilla extract until combined, and add to the sugar. I find that the mix is often quite lumpy, but just keep mixing and it will smooth out. Set the bowl aside, and take this time to chop your hazelnuts and chocolate into medium sized pieces. Now your melted butter and dark chocolate should be cool, add this to the sugar and eggs and mix well until fully combined. Sieve in your flour, nuts and chocolate then stir again! Finally pour into your tray, and bake for 35-40 minutes. 
Leave to cool in the tray then slice, and enjoy xxx


Peanut Butter and Chocolate Slice
Ingredients:
  • 50g Dark Muscavado Sugar
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • 50g Unsalted Butter
  • 200g Smooth Peanut Butter 
For the Topping:
  • 200g Milk Chocolate
  • 100g Plain Chocolate
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
Method:
Put all the ingredients for the base into the bowl of your electric mixer and beat until smooth (alternatively you could do this with a wooden spoon in a regular bowl). Press the dough into a brownie tin, (try and get it as smooth as possible) then set aside. Next melt the chocolates and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water then spread over the base, I use a fork to add texture to the topping but its up to you, finally put into the fridge until the topping has set. Slice into small squares and eat all at once!! Only joking... they keep well in an airtight container

Brownies:




12 comments:

  1. Those brownies look IMMENSE. Thank you for sharing!

    xo,
    Lela - www.LelaLONDON.com

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  2. They look gorgeous. I really need to attempt to bake something... anything! The recipe seems straightforward, may have to lose my baking virginity sometime soon!

    http://www.youremyfavouriteflavour.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Bake something! Thanks and, good luck xxx :)

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  3. Omg it looks delicious, I'm so hungry now haha.
    xoxo
    parisian-fairytale.blogspot.fr

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    1. Thank you and sorry about that! :P xxx

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  4. They both look so yummy....and to just be able to skip off to Scotland sounds simply divine!!!!!! I am far away on a beautiful rocky island in the middle of the North Atlantic ocean---in Newfoundland. I hope you had a fabulous weekend.

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    1. Thanks, and yes we had a lovely time xxx :)

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  5. These look seriously delicious! I'm feeling ultra tempted to indulge in some late night baking!

    x
    Lost in the Haze: a Fashion Photography Blog

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    1. Haha thanks, treat yourself! xxx :)

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