These After Eight Brownies fixed everything for me last week. Sometimes I have a week in the kitchen that tests even my most basic of baking skills. Last week was definitely one of those – A week that made me question whether I’d lost my ‘knack’. I prefer to take these weeks as a lesson that even the most experienced bakers sometimes need to revisit the basics and learn to love baking and creating once again.
Fair to say I had my share of baking disasters last week. Nothing serious, just a few bakes that didn’t quite live up to expectations. They weren’t expensive mistakes – just a little under cooking, missing out some vital ingredients and basically just rushing to get something made instead of focussing on the quality.
So back to the basics it is. A good old brownie recipe made a little more exciting by adding 10 After Eight Mints. I may have eaten the same amount while I was doing the washing up too – Purely to make up for the disasters, you understand! I love being able to use up some of the leftover Christmas chocolate which would otherwise get nibbled away or stay festering in a cupboard. This recipe can be made using light brown sugar, muscovado or even caster sugar if you want to use these up (Your brownies will be much paler obviously if you use caster sugar).
A lovely selection of bakes from our last linky – Many thanks to Jenny from Mummy Mishaps for hosting with her incredible Willy Wonka’s Sweetie Shop Topped Chocolate Cake. I daren’t show this to my kids – they will be pestering for one every teatime!
You will have to visit Foodie Quine’s page to find out the secret behind her Chocolate Haggis! I love her creativity so have awarded Claire my featured Bake of the Week.
Many thanks to everyone else who joined in too. We really appreciate it.
1. Anca from Cook Style shared a classic recipe that any baker would be glad to have in their repertoire, Victoria Sponge
2. Chonnie from Baked to Imperfection is tempting those who are still on New Year’s diets with her gorgeous Peanut Butter & Salted Caramel Cake.
3. Using up leftover dried fruit is Jo from Jo’s Kitchen with these luscious Fruit Scones.
4. Louise from A Strong Coffee is getting prepared early for Valentine’s Day with her Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cream Cheese Frosting.
5. Celebrating Burn’s Night in style is Claire from Foodie Quine with a magnificent Scotch Beef and Haggis Meatloaf
Jenny will be back next Wednesday with another roundup of the latest entries. As usual we will comment on all entries, share them on Twitter, Pinterest, G+, Yummly and Stumble Upon.
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As this recipe is all about using up our Christmas Chocolate, I’m joining in this month with the No Waste Food Challenge over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.