Do you get giddy about getting new toys? Yes me too! When I say toys I have a bit of a kitchen gadget obsession. Our cupboards are packed with them. And every now and then one arrives that is too beautiful to put in the cupboard, something that I spend maybe a little to long lovingly admiring. Yes, I am a kitchen gadget geek.
Beautiful gadgets make me smile and having 2 growing boys that love cake is wonderful as I love baking. It makes me feel calm and happy. The problem here is that I live on a perpetual diet, or at least healthy eating plan. I do treat myself but could put on weight looking at a brownie. I kid you not.
That is where the Christie boys come in so very handy, they LOVE cake. And they love that I love baking.
If I am honest Jack is a bit of a mean baker himself. Joe hasn’t got the commitment to finish a recipe; he is all talk at the start then gets bored and disappears after not very long.
The best kind of baking is solo baking, without any 11-year-old baking experts or 16-year-old taste testers! And the perfect opportunity arose last Sunday when that crazy lot head out for the Burnley match. The sun was shining and with Elaine Paige and show tunes as company, I dug out my Mary Berry cake book.
The Mary Berry Victoria sponge recipe was a huge success a couple of weeks ago. And Joe had requested chocolate brownies for my next bake. Get me getting all Bake-Off ha ha. But now I officially own a shiny new Kitchen Aid that is exactly how I feel. But with a little, ok a lot, more mess.
I had never made brownies before, I assumed it was a cake cut into oblongs but the recipe ratio is so different to a tradition sponge mix.
I have to say I was a tad nervous as the boys were expecting something wonderful, and nearly had kittens when it still wasn’t cooked after 45 minutes. But I followed Mary’s instructions and covered the tin with foil to prevent the top burning and checked every 5 minutes and after a whole 15 extra minutes it was ready.
Then came the fear that the brownies would be overdone and dry. However I had clearly timed it right as after allowing to cool for a good hour and slicing I found the brownies we fluffy, moist and oh so tasty. Making me one very cool and popular Mum this week, thanks to the help of my very beautiful Kitchen Aid Mary and Elaine of course!
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