As it is the new year and everyone has lots of resolutions to drink less, eat healthier and get fitter, I decided to do the complete opposite of that and share with you, the best and the laziest brownies in the world recipe. These brownies are so good and so easy to make, I am sure they will counter any back to work/school January blues!!!
I originally discovered this recipe through Twitter/Instagram where a couple of blogging friends were discussing something called 'Slutty Brownies'. Even the name seemed intriguing to me and I knew I had to find out more. I was pointed to the apparent source for the original recipe on The Londoner blog. The recipe only contains three ingredients; chocolate cookie dough mix, chocolate brownie mix and Oreo cookies. Anyone can make them as they are so easy. They are called slutty as they are made with ready mixes/packages but I am sure you could make your own brownie and cookie dough mix if you like. My version of the recipe is below. For other versions, please see my fellow blogging friends:
The Boy And Me
- 1 packet of chocolate brownie mix
- 1 packet of cookie dough mix
- 1 pack of Oreos
- Eggs or water to make up packet mixes as described on the packet
- A greased foil tray, a normal tray lined with tin foil or a greased silicone tray (The Boy And Me used a loaf tin which I think I will do next time)
- Make up the cookie dough mix and chocolate brownie mix as per the package instructions
- Put the cookie dough as a thick layer at the bottom of the tin
- Top with as many Oreo biscuits as your tin allows
- Pour the chocolate brownie mix over the top and bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 20-30 minutes
- Eat and enjoy!!
I really urge everyone to give this recipe a go. It is so easy and delicious. It really feels like a treat which is perfect to sort out any case of the January blues!!
Unless you have lived under a rock for the last month, you cannot have failed to notice that the second series of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard is currently in Channel 4 on weekday lunchtimes. Before the series started, I was lucky enough to be given a sneak preview of some of the recipes from this series and have the opportunity to make one myself. I chose the toffee and apple sauce muffins as I do not usually make muffins and these sounded super yummy!
The series is sponsored by BakingMad.com, an online community of over 100,000 members sharing a wealth of information, recipes, hints, tips and advice on baking. They very kindly provided me with some of the ingredients to make the muffins. I only altered from the recipe once as I saved the caramel that the apples were cooked in and poured it over the warm muffins to serve. The ladies at my work loved them when I visited with Thomas a couple of weeks ago!
Toffee and Apple Sauce Muffins
Ingredients (makes 12)
- 275g plain flour
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 75g unsalted butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 125ml whole milk
- 100g fudge pieces
- Approx. 2 tbsp cinnamon sugar (2 tbsp light muscovado sugar mixed with 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
For the apple sauce
- 300g Bramley apples (approximately 2 medium apples)
- 150g light muscovado sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp calvados
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/ gas mark 6. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin papers.
- To make the apple sauce, peel and core the apples and cut into small cubes. Place the diced apple in a saucepan with the sugar, cinnamon, calvados and 1 teaspoon of water. Cook over a low heat until the apples are tender and of a compote consistency. Drain the apples and leave to cool.
- Sieve the flour, sugar and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl beat the butter and eggs together then add the milk. Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture until just incorporated and smooth. Put on a high speed and beat for 2-3 minutes until light. Finally, add the fudge pieces and mix.
- Spoon half the mixture into the muffin cases then spoon over the apple sauce. Ensure that the sauce is the same consistency as the batter so that it doesn’t sink into the cakes. Cover with the remaining muffin batter and sprinkle with lots of cinnamon sugar.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes then cool on a wire rack and serve.
English Mum is back with another Big Bakeoff and as it is Christmas and I have not taken part in one for ages, I could not give it a miss really, despite having a 7 week old in the house and the time constraints they provide.
This time, I have decided to make a Christmas tree giant cupcake. I love giant cupcakes as they are really easy to make and look really impressive. I made this one for my local National Childbirth Trust’s (NCT) Children’s Christmas party where Thomas got to see Santa for the first time (see below). I made it originally to be sold on the cake stall but it ended up as a raffle prize. I hope the lady who won it enjoyed eating it as much as I enjoyed making it.
I used Dr Oetker’s Cake Release Spray to ensure that I could get it out of the tin and I was really impressed, the cake came out very easily. The cake was a 6 egg Victoria sponge cake mix and the icing on top was simple buttercream.
You have until midnight tomorrow to enter the Big Christmas Bake Off, so won’t don’t you get your mixers out and have some fun. I did. I will be back with more Christmas baking soon
Many thanks to Yasir for the Dr Oetker products
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Hello everyone. I am back. Did you miss me? I missed you all. Thomas is doing fantastically and I am loving motherhood. You can follow my progress as a new mum on my sister blog Jo’s Nursery. I have a backlog of posts to get through so I will do my best to post regularly from now on, however please bear with me if I do not. A 4 week old can be quite demanding!
Today I would like to tell you about an amazing new coffee I have discovered. It is called Kenco Millicano and is the best tasting instant coffee that I have ever found. The reason it is the best tasting instant coffee is because it contains 15% finely milled roast and ground coffee, making it taste like freshly brewed coffee. With a newborn in the house and a distinct lack of sleep happening, a good cup of coffee to get me going in a morning is a must. Since finding Kenco Millicano, I have not looked back and I highly recommend it.
Kenco Millicano have spoken to over a thousand women across the UK to find out what the hottest trends for 2011 were. One of the most interesting trends for foodies is the ‘retro recession’ with people trying to be more cost conscious and frugal with their food purchases.
The report features the biggest upcoming trends for food such as:
- Scandi-Style: There’s a new interest in the clean, fresh tastes of Nordic cuisine, with herring, lingonberry jam and Västerbottensost cheese enjoying a surge in popularity
- Olde worlde recipes will continue to inspire nostalgic cuisine. Heston Blumenthal’s new venture, Dinner, interprets dishes from as far back as the 14th century, likewise at Marcus Wareing’s Gilbert Scott the menu features old school offerings like Mrs Beeton’s snow eggs with Everton toffee. 17th century grog cocktail anyone?
- Inexpensive but tasty food: Jay Rayner’s latest discovery BBQ Shack smokes brisket and pork shoulder over hardwood pits for 18 hours, transforming the taste and texture. While stocks of salmon and cod dwindle, so too does our appetite for them, but coley and pouting will surge in popularity.
As part of the inexpensive but tasty food trend, Kenco sent me a frugal fruit cake recipe to try. I was really impressed with the recipe. It is delicious and you can hardly tell it is frugal at all. It smelled so delicious I would of eaten the cake mix uncooked if I had not of been pregnant when I made it.
Frugal Fruit Cake
- 150 ml (¼ pt water)
- 100 g (4 oz) sultanas
- 125 g (5 oz) caster sugar
- 113 g (¼ lb) butter
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 150 g (6 oz) plain flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
- First grease and line a 1 lb loaf tin, then grease the paper.
- Take a large, thick based saucepan and put in the water, sugar, sultanas, butter and bicarbonate of soda. Place pan on a medium heat, stir ingredients together and bring to the boil, then boil for 10 minutes exactly, but don’t go away – if the temperature isn’t controlled it may boil over.
- When the 10 minutes is up remove pan from the heat and allow mixture to cool. Then add the beaten egg, and the flour and baking powder, sifted together. Mix well then place in prepared tin and bake on the middle shelf for approx 1½ hours.
- This dark and sticky cake is a family favourite and gets even better if kept for a few days.
Many thanks to Joanna for sending me the coffee to review and the fruit cake recipe. It is much appreciated
This month, Ruth from The Pink Whisk is challenging us to bake something using one of the ingredients of the moment- apples. I love cooking, baking and drinking apples so I knew I had to take part in this challenge. There are many things you can make with apples including cakes, tarts, crumbles, pies and so forth.
For me, the simplest and the best thing to do with apples is make a crumble. It is one of the first things I was taught to make as a child and was left on my own to make as I got older. I know it is not really original or fancy but my opinion is, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! My recipe is very traditional. It does not use oats or anything in the crumble mix. I do not even put any cinnamon in with the apples. If you have good local apples like I did, you should just let them speak for themselves. My recipe below is a bit vague as it depends on how many apples, you have and the size of your baking dish as to how much you need. You just need to use your own judgement and don’t forget you can freeze any left over crumble mix for another time.
- Apples, local if possible, chopped into chunks (1 large or 2 medium sized apples filled up my little Le Creuset dish above)
- 125g butter, unsalted, cut into small chunks
- 250g plain flour (always do half fat to flour, however much crumble you make)
- 125g caster sugar plus a couple of extra tablespoons for the apples
- Lemon juice
- Put the apples in your baking dish and add some lemon juice in with them to prevent them from browning.
- Put in a couple of tablespoons of sugar in with the apples and lemon juice and set aside.
- Meanwhile, make the crumble mix by rubbing in the butter into the flour until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. This may take a few minutes depending on how soft your butter is.
- Add in the sugar and mix well.
- Top the apples with the crumble mix (don’t do it too neatly- rustic looks better) and bake in a moderate oven until golden brown and bubbling. Eat with custard, cream or ice cream and enjoy!
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This month’s Fresh From The Oven challenge was hosted by myself and I decided that we should make a new favourite bread of mine, a Sandwich Bread Loaf. This was orginally made by Michel Roux Jr. as part of the BBC TV Series ‘The Great British Food Revival’. The recipe for the loaf is here.
I like this loaf as it is very simple and easy to make. The addition of the Golden Syrup keeps the loaf moist and provides an extra sweetness. The loaf keeps well for a few days and ideal to take to work for your sandwiches or it makes excellent toast once it is a couple of days old. As I have made this before, I decided not to make it in a loaf tin and made it into a fat baton shape instead. The result was excellent
I hope everyone else had as much fun as I did making the loaf
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Hip Hip Hooray! I have finally taken part in a Fresh From The Oven Challenge. My first since the end of March. Sorry for my tardiness of late but I have had so much going on, I keep on forgetting to take part. This month’s challenge is hosted by Michelle of Utterly Scrummy Food for Families and she asked us to share our favourite savoury bread recipes. For me, this was easy. It is the Garlic and Rosemary Foccacia from the River Cottage Bread Handbook Number 3 by Daniel Stevens. My family love it. Whenever there is a special occasion, they ask for me to make it. I made the one above for my Sister’s 18th Birthday earlier this month. It went down a treat! The recipe for the Foccacia is here but I do highly recommend that you buy the bread book as it is really useful and has lots of interesting recipes in it.
Many thanks to Michelle for hosting this months challenge.