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Mmm… Chocolate Brownies

Yummy, Scrummy, Gooey and Chocolatey

Yummy, Scrummy, Gooey and Chocolatey

Having my birthday in the same week as World Book Day and being named after a pretty famous novel really makes me feel like books are in my blood. Lots for me to celebrate this week so a cake is in order. Books AND cake, Mmm…thought I’d share my favourite chocolate brownie recipe. It’s gooey, indulgent, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them. They’re good for lunchboxes and keeping you going during mammoth writing sessions.

Ingredients:

400g butter

700g dark chocolate (doesn’t have to be 70+% cocoa content, I use inexpensive dark choc from Aldi, 89p for 200g)

6 eggs

500g dark brown sugar

100g self raising flour

32cm x 22cm brownie tin, lined with greaseproof paper

 

Heat oven to 190 degrees centigrade/Gas mark 5.

Fill a large saucepan with water and put on hob to heat. Break chocolate into a metal bowl, add the butter and melt over the water which should be on a low heat.

Whisk the eggs in a different bowl until pale and fluffy (but not stiff). Add the sugar and whisk until mixture thickens. Gently fold in the melted butter and choc mix, then sieve in the flour. Fold until mixture is smooth.

Pour brownie mix into tin and bake for about 25 minutes. You want to take it out the oven when a crust has formed over the top. The secret is not to overcook it.

Tip out and cool. They might still be wobbly, that’s good, that’s what you want. I refrigerate. They’re even better the next day.

You can half the ingredients, but quite frankly, why would you want too?

Add vanilla, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips or anything else that takes your fancy

 

 

 

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Juggling writing with family life can be hard. Easy, healthy, cost effective family meals can help

Juggling writing with family life can be hard. Easy, healthy, cost effective family meals can help

This tasty Butternut Squash Risotto is a favourite of mine

Cheap, easier than I imagined to make and tested on picky kids, it leaves more time to write with less guilt. Would also make a great Valentine dinner starter

Serves 4 and takes about 45 minutes

Small butternut squash, chopped into medium cubes

Medium onion, diced

2 Cloves of garlic, crushed

A splash of olive oil

Parsley, fresh or dried

8 oz (about a medium sized drinking glass full) Arborio rice

1 pint Vegetable Stock

Medium sized tub of Creme Fraiche (low fat works well)

Decent amount of Parmesan (I use Grana Padano), grated

In a large pan sweat the onion, crushed garlic and butternut squash with the olive oil for around five minutes. Stir in the rice, add all the vegetable stock, bring to the boil and then simmer gently (I use a lid on my pan) until all the stock is absorbed by the rice and the rice is cooked (stir occasionally). Add more water if needed. Season with salt, pepper, add the parsley. Right at the end, mix through the creme fraiche and the grated Parmesan or grana padano. Warm and then serve. A side salad and crusty baguette would make great accompaniments.

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