1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and cocoa powder together.
3. Put the chocolate, butter and instant espresso powder in a large bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water and add the sugars. Whisk until completely combined, then remove the bowl from the pan. The mixture should be room temperature.
4. Add 3 eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla and stir until combined. Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or your brownies will become like a cake.
5. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture. Using a rubber spatula (not a whisk), fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs sticking to it. Let the brownies cool completely, then lift them out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares and serve.
7. Store at room temperature in an airtight container or wrap with plastic wrap for up to 3 days.
1 lb chicken breast or thigh – cut into small pieces
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1 tablebspoon soy sauce
1 egg (to help coating stick to chicken)
3 tbsp cornflour
3-4 tbsp ketchup
1.5 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp chilli sauce
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp chicken stock powder OR 1/2 cube of chicken boullion (dissolve cube in 1 tbsp of hot water before adding to sauce mixture)
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp garlic – roughly chopped
1/2 medium bell pepper
1/4 medium onion
2-3 green onion – chopped
green chillies – for garnish
These Christmas Tree Brownies are SO EASY and don’t they look adorable?! Just cut the brownies into triangles, add a candy cane trunk, squeeze on some icing, and sprinkle on your favourite toppings! Seal them in an air tight container, and the icing will harden overnight. They travel well and make a great treat for a Christmas party!
Ingredients for 2:
- 2 crisp apples
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 3 tbsp brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 caramels
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- To get the blooming apple look, you need to cut the apples. Slice off the top ¼ of the apples. Scoop out the core. Then, use a thin knife to make two deep circular cuts around the center of the apple. Next, turn the apple over and make narrow cuts all the way around the apple. Flip it back over and you can see all of the cuts.
- Place the apples in an oven safe dish and put two caramels into the center of each apple.
- Heat butter and brown sugar in the microwave for 30 second, stir and continue heating for an additional 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir in flour and cinnamon. Divide the mixture over the top of the two sliced apples.
- Bake at 375°F (180°C, Thermostat 6) for 25-30 minutes. (Check apples after 25 minutes and continue cooking until tender. Some big apples can take 45 min to 1 hour to soften.)
- Remove from the oven and use a large spoon to move the apples into bowls.
If you don’t have self-raising flour, add a packet of baking powder.
If you have ordinary flour, add a pinch of baking powder.