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best EVER brownies

Okay.... so I know there are a ton of great brownie recipes out there. We've all had that rich chocolatly goodness that you couldn't say no to and let me tell you... these I definitely couldn't say no to that I so much as had to get rid of them... so off to work they went.   My coworkers couldn't have been more pleased!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was filled with attempting to solve the case of the missing shirt!  I had just recently bought this great top.... well I guess I didn't think it was so great after all since I'm attempting to return it.  Well I think the top must have known and decided to hide it self and wait for the return limit to expire because I can't find the thing anywhere!  I have looked every odd place even...yes... in the cracks of the couch (I'd thought I'd look).  It's spooky I tell ya.
back to the brownies
1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 150g dark chocolate 3/4 cup butter 1 1/2 cups sugar …

morning goodness

This delightful morning treat is an attempt to get back to some healthy roots.... even if its just the morning meal!  No, this is actually one of my favorite cereals and I do love a good muesli.  This recipe actually comes from one of my favorite Naked Chef episodes.  The one where Jamie does a huge midnight breakfast for his wife and her girlfriends after a night out.    What a treat!
muesli
8 large handfuls of rolled oats 2 large handfuls of ground bran 1 handful of chopped dried apricots 1 handful of chopped dried dates 1 handful of crumbled walnuts 1 handful of smashed almonds, hazelnuts or brazil nuts (I added) 1 handful of coconut 1 handful of wheatgerm 1 handful of ground flaxseed
Combine all and put in a air tight container.   Best served with a good lug of milk or soy milk poured over a couple of hours or overnight before consuming.

cookies and tea

Spring is here today!  Although it was a cold one I'm still glad it's sprung.  It's still been chilly but what better way then to relax with a hot cozy tea and these cashew almond spice cookies.  It was one of those things where I was doing my usual foodie mag read and came upon these little cookies, saw the photo of them, what they were and pretty much got right off the couch and started baking.  They are similar to french macaroons, but there is no need to whip the egg whites.  These couldn't be any easier.happy weekend!

almond cashew biscuits
1/2 cups almonds/cashews 1 cup caster sugar 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon  1 tsp vanilla extract 1/3 cup (all-purpose) flour 2 egg whites raw sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 355d. Place the nuts, caster sugar, spices, and vanilla in a food processor and process until the nuts are finely chopped.  Add the flour and egg whites and process until combined.  Place the mixture in a piping bag and pipe rounds on a baking tr…

bread sticks

Today was total sweater weather.  Yes SWEATER weather, finally no jackets, just a plain beautiful day! I just hope its here to stay.My weekend , although it's still not quite over, has been filled with cleaning, thrift finding, some un-needed clothes shopping and a bit of baking.  While sipping green tea and looking threw my continuous array of cooking books I came across these bread sticks, these being a little on the rustic side were the best bread sticks I've come across yet.
homemade bread sticks
2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1/4 butter or veg shortening 3/4 milk
Preheat oven to 450 d In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter/shortening until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture. Add the milk all at once. Using a fork, stir the mixture just until moistened. The the dough out on to a lightly floured surface. Quickly kneed the dough until nearly …

baking day part two

Here's yet another glorious chocolatly delight.  This is a very similar recipe to the DB challenge we did last month... well my friend just loved it and asked if I could do it cupcake style.  I used Nigella's recipe from her book Feast for the chocolate torte which turned out awesome for cupcakes.  It does look like a failed attempt at a chocolate souffle` but the sunken effect only made it perfect to pile on the whip cream... so bring on that whip cream!   I knew I was gonna have  some extra batter left so I just put them in  little ramekins and they cooked up just as nice!
Nigella's Chocolate torte
250g best-quality chocolate 125g softened butter 6 eggs: 2 whole; 4 separated 175g sugar: 75g for the yolk mixture; 100g for the whites 1tsp real vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 D  Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler, set aside to cool slightly.  Whisk the egg whites until firm then gradually add the 100g of sugar, whisk until shiny peaks form.  In another bowl hand w…

baking day part one

Here's just one of the things I've been testing and well tasting.  While making some cupcakes for a friend, I had some extra batter left over and decided to try it in my popover pan... making these very vanilla little cakes on the high side.  I loved how they turned out.  I could see em loaded with butter icing as cute little mini cakes!   I used the same vanilla cupcake recipe you can find here.  
cheers! ps... more goodness on its way.

a hint of spring...

Today was a little glance of spring.... ahh spring I miss you.  The sun was shining, sunglasses on,  and the jacket unbuttoned.... waiting for those flip flop days, long backyard summer nights and perhaps the rest of the snow to melt. I had a bit of a baking day yesterday... cooking, reading, relaxing listening to Madeleine Peyroux's jazzy front porch tunes.  So I assure you all those delights of my baking day will be coming this way.
happy weekend!