Chocolate brownies

Here is an idea on how to use up your old Easter chocolate: brownies! Instead of forcing myself to eat it as just chocolate, (which is usually great but Easter holidays have put me off chocolate for about a week or two) I transformed it into something just as delicious. Here is my recipe and some photos I managed to take along the way…

Ingredients:

330g Chocolate

700g Sugar

590g Butter (softened)

480g Egg (9-10 eggs)

50g Cocoa powder

240g Flour

2 pinches of Salt

200g Nuts (of your choice, roughly chopped)

(This recipe is enough for a whole tray of brownies – use a tray similar to 30cm by 40cm dimensions or halve the recipe)

For this, I have a hand held mixer. I would prefer/recommend a Kitchen-aid but you gotta do what you gotta do.

1. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

2. Slowly add the eggs, one by one.

3. Add the melted chocolate while still mixing the batter.

4. Add the rest of the ingredients, (but the nuts at the end!) either on a low speed or fold it in by hand using a spatula/wooden spoon.

5. Spread the batter out evenly on your tray. Making sure the tray has aluminum foil on it or baking paper! Butter alone won’t do much…

6. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 mins. But check them at the 15 minute mark – every oven is different! Use the knife technique to check of it’s done (stick a knife tip in the center and remove, if the knife is clean, it’s done baking!)

7. Leave to cool and then remove from the tray. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

Cool tip: use a tin to put some in and give them to loved ones. I got mine at my local thrift shop for CHF 1.-

I hope you enjoy making these brownies and let me know how they went – better yet, let me try some! Comment below about your experience with my recipe.

X Gill

5 of my favourite songs right now

These songs were all heavily influenced by how much Australian radio stations played them and how every time I heard them, they made me want to dance! That’s basically how most songs get to be a favourite of mine (if they are cool and dance-able).

  1. Dua Lipa – New Rules. Firstly, I’ve always loved her voice (Last Dance is my all time favourite) and the film clip is cool and quirky. The chorus is quick and although hard to understand its fun to try to sing a long to/ guess what she’s saying. Btw, she sings: “I got new rules, I count ’em. I got to tell them to myself”
  2. Katy Perry – Bon Appétit ft. Migos. Sexy and catchy. It’s the kind of song to dance around a kitchen in an oversized shirt to while making dinner. Yes? Qui!
  3. Sam Hunt – Body Like A Back Road. This is 2017’s country hit song. Now, I’m not usually one to love a country song but this is cute and cheesy. Which is a combination. Like a cheese toastie. It reminds me of when Kid Rock sang All Summer Long and it became a hit and everyone loved it!
  4. Lauv – I Like Me Better. It’s a cute love song and fun to sing along to at the top of your lungs while driving down the Bruce Highway.. It also is relatable to anyone else who has had/ is in a loving, supportive relationship. Oh, the feels!
  5. DJ Snake – A Different Way ft. Lauv. Again another love song with Lauv. Coincidence I’m not sure, because for most of the times I heard this I was convinced it was Adam Levine! This song is definitely dance-able and catchy, I especially love the Reggaeton vibes which sound also a little like Major Lazer.