Chocolate Crunch

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So here it is our inaugural childhood recipes post. I hope you’re all ready and raring to go and intrigued about the recipe that’s coming your way!?

The very first recipe in the Gnome Gnotebook is something called Chocolate Crunch, which I confess I have no recollection of ever having made in my life, which means sadly I can’t share any wondrous stories of baking this as a child. A slight fail on the first recipe we have to make in this new blog series, but I’m not one to cheat and ignore this recipe. Instead we got stuck into the recipe on Saturday and gave it a whirl.

The result? Um totally delicious and I’m devastated that I have never tasted this wonderful chocolate crunch before. It really is delicious (in both its raw and baked forms) and I will most certainly be making in the future! It’s a simple tray bake recipe and tastes like chocolate biscuits. Always a winning combination.
If you fancy giving it a whirl yourself you will need:

  • 1lb plain flour
  • 2oz cocoa
  • ¾lb margarine
  • ¾lb caster sugar
  • A dash of Vanilla essence

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And it couldn’t be easier to create this scrumptious baked item…

  1. Melt the butter and vanilla essence in the microwave until it’s of an oil consistency
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in another bowl and then stir in the melted ingredients.
  3. The mixture should form a biscuit type mixture.
  4. Press the mixture into a greased tin so it’s about half an inch thick
  5. Bake on 160°C for 15 minutes until the top is no longer wobbly!
  6. When the tray bake has cooled, remove from the tin and cut into squares and eat.

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This truly was delicious and so simple to make, so I can see I’ll be making this an awful lot in the future!

– Fi xx

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Mini Egg Blondies

I know a lot of people freak out when they visit the supermarket on January 1st and are faced with a wall of Easter treats. I am not one of those people. In fact I’m the complete opposite, I embrace the wondrous moment and start stockpiling. You see I’m addicted to Cadbury Mini Eggs, there’s something about the creamy chocolate inside, hard crisp shell and glorious pastel shades of these little bites that has me squealing in excitement and reaching for a bag (or four!). So yes as soon as they appear in the shops I’m all over them – I mean they are only available for three months of the year, so you HAVE to make the most of them.

Now considering I’m obsessed with them it’s odd that I’ve never baked with them, well apart from popping them on Easter Nests! However, I recently found this recipe online of mini egg blondies and my interest was piqued. I’ve never tried blondies – I usually go straight for a brownie recipe if I’m making a tray bake – but thanks to the addition of my favourite Easter goodies I was intrigued enough to give them a whirl. And my goodness am I pleased that I made them – they are so good that I’ve made them three times in the last month alone, oops! The recipe makes about 30 small squares and each square is chock-a-block with mini eggs – my ideal scenario!!

What you’ll need:
2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups mini eggs

And how to make these wondrous bites:

  • Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together
  • Melt the butter and then cream with the sugars in a separate bowl (we used an electic mixer)
  • Add the vanilla extract and eggs and mix until creamy and fully combined
  • Slowly add in the flour mixture until fully mixed
  • Fold in the Mini Eggs
  • Spread batter into a greased cake tin, roughly 8 x 8 x 2 inches
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 175 degrees until a skewer is inserted in the center and comes out clean
  • Leave to cool before slicing and eating…

I’m sure you’ll agree that they are the best things you’ve ever tasted! It’s just a shame you can’t make them year round, although I imagine they’d be just as good with a different chocolate as a substitute – perhaps I’ll give m&m’s a whirl next!

– Fi xxx