Beetroot brownies

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We were at home in Devon last weekend celebrating Mr Birdie’s grandparent’s diamond wedding anniversary – what an achievement! Whilst there we also visited his other grandparents (who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary earlier this year!) who gave us some homegrown carrots and beetroot. I decided that I wanted to give baking something with the beetroot a go. Of course baking with vegetables is nothing new – carrot cake is a staple on many tea room and cafe menus. I’ve seen recipes for cakes using parsnips, bread using potatoes and tried making a chocolate and courgette cake a couple of years ago.
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Chocolate raspberry brownies

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Summer is well and truly here and with that comes lots of delicious summer fruit. We have recently been visiting our local greengrocers and stocking up on lots of reasonably priced fruit. This week’s bargain were two punnets of raspberries for £1. I’d been thinking of making this recipe this weekend and so after spotting the raspberries my mind was made up! I made these brownies a couple of years ago. This is a BBC Good Food recipe.
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Double baked chocolate meringue brownie

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I saw this recipe on Twitter ages ago and immediately knew I wanted to make it. Brownie and meringue as a cake – what a combination! A little while ago I went through a faze of being obsessed with finding meringue cake recipes. I only got round to making one (this chocolate brownie meringue cake) but I am still keen to investigate some more. Today I needed a dessert as we had some friends round for a barbecue and thought this would make a good option.
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Chocolate, pear & brazil nut brownies

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Ah Friday night – it’s so good to see you. Despite it only being 4 days it has felt like a long old week at work. I had seen this recipe a few weeks ago and had a couple of left over pears so decided some chocolate brownies were needed to keep us all going at work. The recipe comes from the Waitrose website that you can find here.

You will need a 30cm x 20cm tin however I used a slightly smaller tin than the recipe stated and had no problems. I managed to make 15 brownies. They were a big hit and were declared some of the best brownies people had ever had – high praise indeed! They will last 3-4 days in an airtight container (if you can resist them for that long!)
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Mini Egg Brownies

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Yesterday was the last day of term at school – hurray! Today is officially the start of the Easter holidays which means two weeks of relaxing and lots of baking awaits. To keep us all going at school I promised to make these mini egg brownies. They were a huge success and were gone very quickly. They were declared even better than the Creme Egg brownies I made a couple of weeks ago. They are indeed very yummy. I was a little sceptical about how crunchy mini eggs would work with squidgy brownie but the mini eggs soften after baking. They would make a wonderful addition to any Easter tea.

This is a Jo Wheatley recipe that you can find on her wonderful blog Jo’s Blue Aga here. You will need an 8 x 8 inch tin. The bonus of this recipe is that it only needs one bowl so you can save on the washing up! Chilling the mini eggs beforehand will help to stop them from cracking.
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Cadbury’s Creme Egg Brownies – Take Two

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When I first made these Cadbury’s Creme Egg brownies last year they were a BIG hit in the staffroom at school and with Mr Birdie. When I promised I would bake recently they were top of the request list! It is very rare that I make the same recipe again and again as I like to try out new recipes (the exception being my banoffee pie which is one of the few things I return to) so I didn’t want to use the same recipe that I used before. After a bit of research I decided on this Eric Lanlard recipe which has been doing the rounds on Twitter and Facebook. It’s not too dissimilar to the recipe I used before.

This recipe will make 10 brownies using a rectangular tin (a square one will work as well – just reduce the number of Creme Eggs).
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Love Is In The Air – Salted Rolo Brownies

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Love is apparently giving your last Rolo to your loved one. Well there’s no need to share with these tasty brownies. If you fancy treating your Valentine to a yummy treat this is the recipe for you! I spotted this recipe on the Delicious Magazine website and immediately knew I had to make them. We have a long week coming up at school so hopefully these will keep my colleagues going tomorrow.

There seems to be a ‘salted’ craze at the moment. This is the first time I’ve made anything with a deliberate sprinkling of salt. I added 1/2 a teaspoon (less than suggested) as when I tasted the batter I could definitely taste the salt. The brownies weren’t overly salty and if I was making them again I would probably add a little more. This recipe will make 12 large or 24 small brownies. Delicious Magazine suggest serving them as a dessert with banana-pecan ice cream and an espresso martini but they’re just as nice with a cup of coffee. The finished brownies can be frozen for up to 3 months (if well wrapped).
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Eggtastic – Cadbury’s Creme Egg Brownies

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So, Easter is fast approaching and I decided today was time for a little Easter inspired baking. I had seen the recipe for these Cadbury Creme Egg brownies on Facebook (you can find the recipe here on the Cadbury Creme Egg Facebook page and decided to give them a go (much to my husband’s delight!)
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