Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

This past week has been a real chocolate covered week for me… and not just figuratively. At one stage I was covered in cocoa powder and my socks drenched in chocolate. Now this might seem strange but I accidentally spilled some of my chocolate cookie dough on the floor, and in an attempt to clean it up, got it all over my socks 馃槮

I was planning on making Mini lava cakes over the weekend and since I had all the ingredients already I decided to try out some of Sally’s Fudgy Chocolate Brownies. They’re quite easy to make and super delicious. They are crunchy on the outside and soft, fudgy and chocolatey on the inside. Similar to these cookies here. It creates a real chocolate explosion in your mouth. I only have small baking pans so I made 2 pans and managed to get 18 brownies from the recipe.

I’ve heard people say that if you are a true baker you don’t need a recipe but I find that if I don’t follow the recipe it doesn’t come out the way it is supposed to. For me, leaving out 10 grams can mean the difference between perfection and disaster.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp; 175g) unsalted butter
  • one 4 ounce (113g) semi-sweet chocolate bar, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar2
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (95g) unsweetened natural or dutch-process cocoa powder3
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (225g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to聽 350掳F (177掳C) and grease a 9×13聽inch pan.

Heat the chopped chocolate and butter in the microwave in 30 second segments. Stir in between until it is soft and all the chocolate has melted. Mix in the sugar until combined then add the eggs and the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl whisk together聽the cocoa powder, flour and salt. Then add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture. Add the remaining chocolate chips..

Transfer to the baking pan and spread the mixture evenly. Bake for 30 minutes. Check whether the brownies are done by inserting a toothpick into the brownies. If the batter is still wet, bake it for another 5-10 minutes. If only a few wet crumbs come out, then your brownies are done.

Remove the pan from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, cut into squares.

Check out my post later this week to see how my Mini Lava Cakes turned out 馃檪

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DIY Seashell Napkins Rings

I just love dressing up a dinner party. I absolutely love adding little trinkets to make my guest feel like I went out of my way for them, whether it is little beaded strings on the wine glasses or just some fancy napkin rings. These little extra鈥檚 do聽not need to be hard to make either. Today I鈥檓 going to show you how easy it is to make these little clay napkin rings. Here鈥檚 how on simistrinketsandtreats.com

Please click on the link above to see the tutorial on my new blog 馃榾

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How to make your own essential oils and… transferring my blog

Hi everyone, for the last 2 weeks I’ve been busy transferring my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. Unfortunately I could not take my name with me and had to change my URL to simistrinketsandtreats.com. I would like to invite you to rather follow me on my new blog. I have transferred most of my old posts onto that one and will be blogging from there from now on. I will also still be posting on this blog until April but it will just be snippets. Thank you for supporting me and I really hope that you enjoy the new blog as much as you liked this one

XOXO Simonette!

Please go to simistrinketsandtreats.com for to learn how to make your own essential oils.

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Curried bunny-Chow

I’m so exited to share this recipe with you. When I was living in South Africa I wasn’t really a fan of rice dishes so this recipe was perfect for me. Instead of rice you have bread as a carb base.

This curry dish can be made with either chicken, beef or lamb. This particular one was lamb and personally I prefer lamb curry because the meat isn’t as dry as the chicken or beef. Its a basic curry recipe but instead of the rice you’ll use bread. The bread is cut into 4 equal sized squares, then cut out the soft bread on the inside and save it for later. This is a must try recipe and its super delicious.

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Bunny Chow ( Serves 4)

INGREDIENTS
  • 1kg lamb pieces
  • Little oil to cover base of pot
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 green cardamoms
  • 4 cloves
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 tsp crushed green chillies
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 陆 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbs crushed ginger and garlic mix
  • 聽3 level tsp medium chilli powder
  • 2 tsp dhania-jeeru powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbs vinegar (your choice on type) I normally use white vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tomatoes, blended
  • 5 small to medium potatoes, quartered
  • chopped fresh coriander
  • salt to taste

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Heat the oil in a pan. Add the cinnamon, fennel, bay leafs, cardamoms curry leaves and cloves. Then add the chillies, onions, turmeric, ginger and crushed garlic, Braise the mixture for about 4-5 minutes.

Then add the chilli powder, dhania-jeeru and garam masala. Add the vinigar and sugar and mix the mixture well. Then add the meat and stir until all the meat is covered with the spices. Braise the meat until a little browned. Then add the potatoes.

Cut a loaf of bread into 4 equal parts. Cut out the centre of the bread square to form a bread ‘bowl’

Cook on a medium heat until the potatoes are almost fully cooked. Remember to check the mixture often and add water so that it doesn’t burn out.When potatoes are about 3/4 cooked 聽add the tomatoes . Once the potatoes are cooked you can add the coriander. Add salt to taste. Scoop the mixture into the bread ‘bowl’ and enjoy.

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50 Shades food ideas for Valentines Day

If you’ve decided to go for the 50 shades theme for Valentines day instead of the Vampire or Witch聽themes for Valentines day then this is for you.

Since you’re more likely to spend your day under the covers you wouldn’t need a big feast to keep you busy, therefore I have chosen a simple blueberry muffin for breakfast. According to E.L James, Christian Grey wanted Anastasia Steele to eat healthy food so for the dinner I have also chosen a homemade chicken salad and no-bake Cheesecake with fresh ingredients for dessert.

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Blue Berry Muffins.聽

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My mother in law recently made these muffins and they were wonderfully soft. She absolutely loves eating them with cream and jam and I thought that that would be a great breakfast option. Who doesn’t like blueberry muffins?

These blueberry muffins are box muffins, so you can just use the instructions on the box, add some fresh blueberries if you like and garnish with whipped cream and strawberry or blueberry jam.

Chicken salad

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INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh Chicken Salad ( serves 2)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chicken Breasts
  • 1 large tomato
  • 4 leaves of lettuce
  • 1/2 sweet red or yellow pepper
  • Cheddar cheese cubes (optional)
  • Croutons (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Honey and mustard dressing

First fry the chicken breast in the olive oil.Then chop all the vegetables and tear the lettuce into pieces by using your hands. You can add cheddar cheese cubes an croutons if you like. Mix in the honey and mustard sauce and salt and pepper and its ready to serve.

No-bake Cheesecake

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This no-bake cheesecake is one of my favourite recipe’s it is so easy to make and it doesn’t take long at all. It is a light desert with a lovely cheese flavour.

Have a happy Valentines day tomorrow and I hope you all get spoiled!!

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