Walnut brownies

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Ingredients

  • 200g butter
  • 1 bar of dark 70% chocolate (100g)
  • 1 bar of milk chocolate (100g)
  • 3 eggs
  • 180g icing sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 80g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 150g walnuts

Dice the butter, finely chop 200g of chocolate and melt together in a bowl over a pan of hot water.

Whisk the eggs, icing sugar and salt until thick and creamy. Let the chocolate mass cool down and add to the other ingredients.

Chop the walnuts and the rest of the chocolate coarsely, mix with flour and baking powder and add to the mix.

Pour the mix into a greased baking tin and bake it in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for approximately 30mins, until the surface is hard but the inside is still soft.

Let it cool down in the tin, turn it out onto a flat surface and cut into cubes.

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Mixed Cupcakes

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Preheat oven at 180°C/ 350°F/ Gas Mark 4

Base:
125g butter
125g caster sugar
125g self raising flour
2 medium eggs
2 drops vanilla essence
1 tbsp cocoa powder

Icing:
150g unsalted butter
225g icing sugar
2tbsp warm milk
2 drops vanilla essence

Mix the ingredients together and split the mixture (except the cocoa powder) in two and add the cocoa powder in one of the halves. Fill in the cupcake holders with the chocolate mix for the base and top up with the vanilla mix.

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Sketch – Pretty Pink Room

Last Saturday my best friend and I went for an Afternoon Tea at Sketch and being the girls that we are, we had a reservation booked in the pink room! It was a different experience, in a nice way. Everything was so cute and I loved being surrounded by pink (as this was a birthday present it’s fair to say she knows me very well!).

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And the toilets were just super cool!

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We even got a Sketch take away bag!

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Anfield

I am a massive Liverpool FC fan and last weekend I finally went to my first home game at Anfield, FA Cup game against Bolton. The match finished 0-0 and although we didn’t score and my favourite player, Gerrard, didn’t play, the atmosphere was amazing! I loved being surrounded by Liverpool fans – don’t get that living in London! I wanted to share it on my blog because it was a personal experience that meant so much to me!

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Macaroons

This was my first time making macaroons and I must say I was quite impressed! Even though some of them broke in the oven, they tasted perfect!

Ingredients:

4 large egg whites 
70g caster sugar 
230g pure icing sugar
120g ground almonds
pinch of salt
gel food colouring (optional)

Whipped cream for the filling

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Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C 7 minutes before placing them in the oven.
Place egg whites and cater sugar in a bowl and mix with electric mixer until stiff enough to turn the bowl upside down without it falling out, continue to whip for 1-2 more minutes.  If you want, add gel or powdered food colouring and continue to mix for a further 20seconds.

Sift the ground almonds and icing sugar and salt twice, discarding any almond lumps that are too big to pass through the sieve. Fold into the egg white mixture. It should take roughly 30-50 folds using a rubber spatula.  The mixture should be smooth and very viscous, not runny. Over-mix and your macarons will be flat and have no foot, under mix and they will not be smooth on top.

Place in the oven for 7 minutes.

When you take them out of the oven leave them to cool down before removing them from the baking paper/ tray.

Once cooled down apply whipped cream and match them together.