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Honey Bread

I may not have posted for a while but I have been baking and cooking.

Sitting around the other night I had this sudden urge to have toast with honey…this made me think of fresh thick sliced bread with lots of butter and honey which in turn made me want to bake honey bread…love how the mind works!

I have never made honey bread before and I guess this is more of a loaf that looks like bread and it took less than 5 mins to prepare and about 35 – 40 mins in the oven to bake and less than 15 minutes to disappear!

It was simply delish!

Recipe

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 cup warm milk

1/2 cup cold milk

2 cups SR Flour

Method

1. Mix together sugar, honey and warm milk.

2. Add cold milk and combine.

3. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until well combined and smooth.

4. Pour into greased loaf tin and bake in 180C oven for 40 – 45 mins. (MIne only took 35 mins)

5. Leave to cool slightly before turning out.

6. Serve with butter. This is awesome!!!!

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Headaches and Chocolate

Chocolate Brownies

If you have been following, you will know that this week has been a tough one at work. My headaches have intensified over the last few days but as it’s now early Friday evening, they should begin to ease off.

I got home and thought immediately of chocolate. As soon as I started preparing the mixture for chocolate brownies, the world seemed like a much better place. As soon as the waft of cooking chocolate hit me, my headache disappeared.

We have heard about the medicinal benefits of herbs and garlic etc, but I truly believe that there is nothing like the wonderful qualities of great cocoa and chocolate to help heal and restore.

I worry about all the allergies and reactions people have to food these days and feel quite lucky that I haven’t ever experienced these myself. I’m pretty disgusted that preservatives and harmful additives as well as pesticides and who knows what else that goes into the food we eat has caused havoc with people’s health and well being.

None of my desserts are eggless, flourless or dairy free. I look for the best quality ingredients and end up paying a fortune. I guess this makes me angry in that supermarkets are more and more selling their ‘own brand’ stuff, caring very little for quality and what goes on our plates…but you already knew that right?

I can’t imagine a world without great chocolate and wonderful food full of flavour!!!

Ingredients

  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
  •  250g butter, chopped
  •  1¾ cups (310g) brown sugar
  •  4 eggs
  •  ⅓ cup (35g) cocoa powder, sifted
  •  1¼ cups (185g) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
  •  ¼ teaspoon baking powder

Method

Preheat oven to 160°C (325ºF). Place the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until smooth. Allow to cool   slightly.

Place the sugar, eggs, cocoa, flour and baking powder in a bowl. Add the chocolate mixture and mix until combined. Pour into a 20cm-square slice tin lined with non-stick baking paper.

Bake for 50 minutes or until an inserted skewer withdraws clean. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before slicing. Serve warm or cold. Makes 16 slices.

Cookie Week

Peanut Butter Choc Chip Cookies

Yes, I baked tonight. After the mini meatloaf pastries, I was definitely in the mood for more kitchen action. Nothing too strenuous and nothing I had to really think about. I was in desperate need for coffee and as I had made choc chip cookies a couple of nights ago, I felt that more cookies were needed to go with my coffee.

Checked the pantry and it was well stocked. A full jar of peanut butter was staring back at me and the decision had been made. Peanut butter with dark choc chip cookies…comforting, delicious and 5 mins in the oven…what more could one ask for?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (260g) crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (185g) dark choc bits

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly grease two baking trays and line with non-stick baking paper. Combine peanut butter, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and egg in a bowl. Stir in choc bits.

Roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place on the prepared tray. Press lightly with a fork. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light golden. Leave to cool on the trays then place into an airtight container.