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Christmas gingerbread chocolate brownie recipe

11 Dec

 

Gingerbread brownie with chocolate sauceThis gingerbread chocolate brownie recipe is perfect for people who love their chocolate but still want a festive dessert.

This is a short post as I am about to run out the door but I really wanted to share this recipe with you, as it is easy to throw together but so lush and moist.

I tweaked a recipe from delicious by reducing the amount of eggs and halving (!) the sugar.

GATHER:

250g unsalted butter, chopped

300g dark chocolate, chopped

3 eggs, whisked lightly

¾ cup cups brown sugar

1 1/3 cups plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/3 cup cocoa, sifted

Gingerbread brownie and chocolate sauce

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat the oven to 170C. Grease and line a 20cm square cake pan.

Place butter and 200g of the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water – stir until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Add eggs, one at a time, to the melted chocolate, and use a silver spoon to beat well.

Stir in the sugar, flour, baking powder, spices and cocoa.

Scrape into pan and bake for 21-25 minutes or until just set – you want them moist in the middle. Cool in the pan, then turn out and cut into squares.

While they are cooling melt the remaining 100g chocolate and allow to cool slightly, then drizzle over the brownies to serve.

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One bowl eggnog cupcakes for Christmas

7 Dec

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Can you believe I only tried eggnog this week? As it is high summer in Australia at Christmas we are likely to quaff chilled champagne than a warm custard-like drink, but I have to say I quite liked it. Continue reading

Christmas Madeleines – an easy chocolate peppermint recipe

30 Nov

 

Christmas Madeleines

In Australia it is unbelievably hot in the lead-up to Christmas but we still borrow traditions from the Northern hemisphere in terms of food we serve. Even people who love baking need a break from standing in front of a hot oven. A quick Christmas recipe is a great Christmas recipe, which is why these Christmas Madeleines are perfect. Continue reading

Chocolate mud cake from scratch recipe

27 Nov

Chocolate mud cake

My firstborn just turned ten! Farewell Miss 9, hello Miss 10! My lovely gal requested a chocolate mud cake for her birthday and her wish was my command.

This was the first time I had made a dark chocolate mud cake from scratch and I was thrilled with the result. It was rich without being cloying, dense without being heavy and perfectly moist. Continue reading

Cheat’s salted caramel pecan pie cookies

23 Nov

salted caramel pecan pie cookies

These salted caramel pecan pie cookies are so easy and so delicious! I made them on the weekend for a dear family member’s birthday party. Tom, the birthday boy, thought they were one of the yummiest things he has ever eaten and as this man has a sweet tooth I take that as high praise.

They have the taste and look of pecan pies but in cookie form – how great is that?

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Easy chocolate peppermint cake recipe

18 Nov

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This is the story of a cake that almost wasn’t eaten. I made this simple chocolate peppermint cake from scratch to take to my friends at the newspaper where I work as a journalist. Then, the next morning, the usual pandemonium to get out the front door ensued and cake got left behind. Poor cake. Continue reading

Easy chocolate lavender fudge recipe

5 Oct

Chocolate lavender fudge - The Hungry Mum

My mum can grow lavender like nobody else can. While I buy and plant pot after pot that slowly withers and dies hers flourishes through little more than neglect and the occasional picking of a few stems.

I adore lavender, not lest because it is so bee-friendly. And as we (should) all know by now, no bees = no me.

It is also wonderful to cook with. I have posted recipes previously for lavender and honey cupcakes https://thehungrymum.com/2015/05/26/lavender-and-honey-cupcakes/

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and lavender and lemon cake https://thehungrymum.com/2014/07/18/how-to-make-lavender-and-lemon-cake/

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I wondered how it would pair with chocolate – the answer, in case you’re curious, is very well indeed. I am somewhat of a novice fudge-maker but I was very happy with these results.

I think a batch of chocolate lavender fudge in a tin would make a lovely ‘thinking of you’ or ‘welcome to the neighbourhood’ gift. At Christmas it would also make a pretty addition to the dessert table.

I tweaked a recipe from Boulder Locavore, here’s the original: http://boulderlocavore.com/chocolate-lavender-fudge-with-salted-caramel-top/

If you need to buy lavender for this recipe ensure it is food-grade. You may have to seek it out at specialist food shops – don’t grab a bunch from your florist or garden centre as it is important to only use blooms that haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals.

GATHER:

2 ½ cups dark chocolate, chopped

1 can sweetened condensed milk

3 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon lavender, finely snipped with scissors

sprinkle best quality salt – I used vanilla salt

The Hungry Mum Chocolate lavender fudge

LET’S GET TO IT:

Spray a 20cm x 20cm slice pan with non-stick spray then line with non-stick baking paper, allowing overhang.

In a medium glass or ceramic bowl place the chocolate, sweetened condensed milk and butter. Chose a pan on which the bowl will snugly fit, then fill the pan about a third of the ay with water. Place bowl on top, heat to a simmer, then stir the mix until melted and smooth.

Remove from heat then scrape into pan. Carefully tap on bench a few times to remove air bubbles, then sprinkle over the lavender and salt.

Cool in the fridge overnight, then slice into small squares to serve.

Chocolate lavender fudge

Meringue with drunken strawberries & pepper

22 Dec

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This recipe is perfect for Christmas and I’ll tell you why:

It combines a few different building blocks which means you can adjust the quantity to suit numbers.

It allows you to make the elements in advance and assemble just before serving, meaning less stress and more chat.

If guests don’t like strawberries they can just have the meringue. Or vice versa.

The colours are reminiscent of Christmas.

It is easy – let’s face it, by December, when Chrissy get-togethers are in full swing, you need something that doesn’t require hours in the kitchen using every utensil you own.

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Christmas cookie recipe swap no-bake chocolate crackles

13 Dec

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So I was trawling Twitter one day in lieu of doing some chores and found a cookie swap hosted by the creative types at Real Housemoms, {I love} My Disorganised Life, and White Lights on Wednesdays. This had my name all over it so I jumped on board!

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Easy ice cream Christmas pudding [and simple home made Christmas chocolates]

17 Dec

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Firstly – an apology for the lack of photos with this post. I’ve been baking like a mad woman in the last few weeks for various Christmas-related events and even though I intend to photograph as I go for my blog it hasn’t turned out this way.

Sigh.

First up, a super easy Christmas ice cream pudding that I’ve been making for many, many years. I have no idea where the original recipe comes from but it is embarrassingly easy.

This is so simple and a perfect dessert for Christmas Day in Sydney, which is, without fail, a squillion degrees. I made nine desserts for my mother-in-law’s Christmas lunch on the weekend and this was the first thing to vanish.

GATHER:

2 litres best quality vanilla ice cream, softened

1 cup mixture of sultanas, currants and raisins

Good splash of rum

¼ cup glace cherries, chopped

2 tablespoons cinnamon

LET’S GET TO IT:

Soak the dried fruit [but not the glace cherries] in rum and leave overnight.

Line a 2-litre pudding basin with cling wrap, leaving overhang.

Working quickly tip the softened ice cream into a large bowl and stir in rum-soaked fruit, cinnamon and cherries.

If desired place some home-made chocolates [see below] in the base of the pudding basin, then add ice cream. Smooth the top then fold over the overhanging cling wrap. Wrap in foil and freeze overnight.

Home made Christmas chocolates

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I found a similar idea for these little chocs online and Christmas-afied them using red and green Christmas sprinkles from a baking store. Simply line two mini muffin pans with mini liners. Place 150g your choice of chocolate with a splash of canola oil in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until melted and glossy. Pour chocolate into mini pans until bottom is covered and then a bit more. Sprinkle over Christmas sprinkles and place in fridge for a few hours until firm. Remove and discard wrappers.

Miss 7 and I made these for her to hand out to her class. We bundled a few up in cellophane bags for all of her classmates. I should have taken a photo…