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Spring, with a whisper of summer, via brownies

Admittedly not my most original baking post as I made brownies, again.

In my defence, it’s a different brownie recipe, and one I made without the convenience of my scales or measuring spoons. I was over at my best friend’s flat and she doesn’t own scales, measuring cups or spoons. It’s amazing how dependent I’ve become on my baking equipment, when only a few years ago I didn’t even know that measuring spoons existed.

So I stepped into her kitchen and asked for the scales. Scales? What scales? Fortunately her flatmate owned a measuring jug. Then it was on to Google to find out the equivalent of a cup to mls on the jug. I have a funny feeling that the quantities I ended up with may not have been exactly what the original recipe called for, but the end result was still delicious.

This time the only change I made to the original recipe (apart from my suspect measuring devices) was to add about 50-60 g of dark chocolate chips to the brownie mix. Other than that the recipe is exactly as Deb, of Smitten Kitchen  posted it, here.

I used the melting in the microwave method as I didn’t really feel like setting up the water bath. It came out fine, as the following pictures can attest. Continue reading Spring, with a whisper of summer, via brownies

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Blue skies and whole wheat apple muffins

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Last week I found that I had a surplus of apples which coincided with an odd muffin craving. Even though I didn’t have any paper cases I wanted muffins so much that I risked baking them straight into my non-stick silicon muffin tin. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite as non-stick as I thought it was; however I managed to rescue most of the muffins.

I followed the recipe, which I found from Smitten Kitchen exactly as it was posted, with one exception: I mixed a little demerara sugar and oats and sprinkled this mixture on top of the muffins just before I put them in the oven. I rather like extra texture it gives, and besides, it just looks plain nice!

The muffins were lovely and moist and using dark brown sugar gives them an extra level of flavour that regular castor sugar just doesn’t have.

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As for the picture of the blue sky, I took a few pictures in the morning just after I ate breakfast the other day and I thought the sunrise was worth sharing. I love the way the clothes pegs hang at different angles – their silhouette and those of the bare trees stand out so well against the tail end of the sunrise.