Brownies 1.0

Why hello there! Here we are almost hitting theΒ endΒ of January (if anyone could tell me where time disappears to let me know) and here is my first blog post of 2017. I have had a good time off though, busy spending time with family, doing DIY and getting some ideas together. I am looking forward to a fun (and cake) filled 2017! I am starting as I mean to go on with a delicious brownie recipe for you.

out-of-the-oven

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Mulled Wine

The smell of mulled wine is starting to fill the air as you walk into cafes, pubs, bars and my house! Mulled wine is one of my favourite things about Christmas. I remember my mum making it when we were younger and loving the smell never knowing what the elixir was. Then when I was old enough to try it I loved it even though at the time I didn’t like wine, especially red (oh how times change).

ingredients

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Log

I know it is early to start talking about Christmas but as the nights get darker, the days shorter and it gets so much colder I start thinking about the festive season. So here we are with my first Christmas recipe for 2016, an indulgent salted caramel chocolate log. Christmas for me has always been about family, getting together and celebrating with everyone. For my family and I this always involves food, to us it is an important part of the season. My dad is German and my Mum is British so we have always mixed and matched traditions to suit, so when Wren Kitchens asked me to participate in Wren’s Christmas Kitchen I thought it was perfect for how we celebrate the season.

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Guinness & Chocolate Cake

I am really excited about this cake! I made it for Dave’s birthday back in September, well actually I made it twice because he was ill the first time around. It also seems quite appropriate to post it today before Halloween because it would be a great base for any Halloween cake because it’s so black. It also happens to be national chocolate day today – win!

Anyway back to the cake. Over the past year Dave has become somewhat of a beer enthusiast so I knew when I saw Nigella’s recipe for this I had to give it a try for his birthday. To me this is perfect as the nights get darker and it gets colder, I am not a huge beer drinker but in the winter you can on the odd occasion find me drinking a nice dark stout. If you are not a huge beer fan that is fine, it is not like this cake tastes of Guinness, don’t worry it doesn’t. It just adds a really nice depth to the cake.

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