Easter Rocky Road

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I know I’m a little late posting this at the end of the Easter weekend but like me you may have some leftover chocolate currently lurking in your house. Should you wish to share it rather than eat it this is the recipe for you. I made this Easter Rocky Road as an end of term treat for my colleagues for the last day of term. I’ve made Rocky Road before but this is a slightly different recipe. If making it for Easter you can always add an extra Easter touch with some Easter-themed sprinkles or marshmallows but it works just as well without. This is a recipe from Olive Magazine.
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Crunchie bar salted caramel brownies

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Gosh it’s been a long time since I managed to post a recipe on here. In my defence being a twin mummy keeps me busy. I’m also only in work 2 days a week now which means my audience for my bakes has been drastically reduced. Last weekend we were having a gathering of our NCT group to belatedly celebrate our babies’ first birthdays. I had seen this Sainsbury’s Magazine recipe a while ago, thought they looked amazing and promptly bought all the ingredients and then left them in the cupboard gathering dust for a good few months. So I decided our gathering was the perfect opportunity to put that right and give this recipe a go.
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Hot cross bun brownies

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Happy Easter! It’s been quite a while since I last posted due to the fact I was ‘baking’ two very important people in my tummy. Whilst pregnant I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes which meant I had to cut back on sugary treats – not ideal when you write a baking blog! Just over two months ago I became ‘Mummy’ to two (yes – two, I was pregnant with twins) beautiful girls. The last two months have flown by in a haze of nappies, sleepless nights and cuddles but it has all been worth it. We are just about getting into a routine which has meant I have been able to ‘start’ thinking about baking. Last weekend I made these Mini Egg brownies to get myself back into the swing of things. I had seen this recipe for hot cross bun brownies on Pinterest and was keen to give them a go as they combine two of my favourite things. The recipe is by renowned chocolatier Paul A. Young and is from Delicious Magazine.
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Spiced chocolate and orange hot cross buns

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Happy Easter one and all. I hope you are enjoying the extended weekend by spending it with friends and family, eating many chocolate eggs and indulging in one or two hot cross buns whilst managing to avoid the hideous weather that seems to have descended on us. I’d never made hot cross buns before making these. In my eyes no-one can beat my Dad’s so I was a little nervous giving these a go. I’d seen this Delicious Magazine recipe last year and saved it to my Easter Pinterest board. Last weekend, I decided I fancied doing a little Easter inspired baking and decided to give them a go.
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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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Pav-tastic – Mary Berry’s Lemon Pavlova

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We were invited to Sunday lunch today at our friend’s house (thanks Simon and Louisa!) and I offered to make dessert. I’m normally a cheesecake kinda girl but decided to opt for something a little bit different. I’d seen a Mary Berry recipe for a lemon pavlova that featured on the Easter Great British Bake Off Masterclass special. Now I will admit that despite my love of baking I have:
a) Never made a Mary Berry recipe (shocking I know)
b) Never made a pavlova or anything remotely meringue based
so I have to say I was a little worried yesterday afternoon that it would all go a little bit pear-shaped but I’m happy to say it was all OK in the end.

You can find the recipe here. It’s meant to be an Easter pavlova but I decided to leave out the chocolate mini eggs as we’re now past the Easter weekend.

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Eggtastic Take 2 – Cadbury’s Caramel Egg Cookie Bars

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Keeping to the Easter baking theme I also made Cadbury Caramel Egg Cookie Bars. I found these via the Six Sister’s Stuff website (www.sixsistersstuff.com) which has some tasty recipes which are worth checking out.

The actual recipe is on the Something Swanky website and can be found here. It’s an American recipe but I just used a conversion website to make it a bit easier!
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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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