Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Need I say more? 🍌🍫Seems like everyone in this pandemic has made banana bread. Well, this is an alternative. Whether it’s for breakfast, an evening treat or a basket you want to drop off to a loved one while socially distancing, these muffins are perfect.

This recipe uses chocolate chips but I recently ran out and used Cadbury dairy milk, chopped up and I think I’m going to do that from now on. It made the chocolate much more creamier and slightly melted in the middle. Way better than chocolate chips. Plus, its Cadbury!

I particularly love this recipe because it’s an all in one method. For those of you who dont know, that means you bung all the ingredients in one bowl and mix it altogether. No separate bowls, no creaming method and so much less washing up. As a Mum, all in one method and one pan meals are the saving grace to my sanity. Just makes things so simple and easy in a time that may not be. Plus, less washing up. Can I get a hallelujah?🙌🏻

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Only the best banana muffins ever.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 12

Equipment

  • Mixer
  • Measuring Scales
  • Small Bowl
  • Fork
  • Muffin tin
  • Muffin cases

Ingredients
  

  • 100 g Butter room temp
  • 2 Eggs medium, free range
  • 175 g Caster Sugar
  • 225 g Self-raising Flour sifted
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 tbsp Milk whole
  • 2 Bananas very ripe, mashed
  • 100 g Chocolate chips or chocolate chopped into small chunks

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, Gas Mark 4) and line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin cases.
  • Mix all the ingredients in one bowl until fully combined and smooth.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly into the 12 cases and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Once fully baked, leave to cool on a cooling wrack.
  • Optional: melt more chocolate to drizzle over the top of the muffins or add a square of chocolate to the top of the muffins.
Keyword Banana, Chocolate, muffin

It is literally as simple as that! Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I would really appreciate it if you could share it on your socials and to all your friends. It would help me out a lot!

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Star Wars Day: Wookie Cookies

I know. You’re surprised to see Star Wars content on this blog. I haven’t even seen a full movie (don’t come for me). However, Steven and his family are Star Wars fans, verging on super fans. So, I thought this May the fourth, I would cheer them up with these! I first saw this idea on Pinterest and wanted to recreate it with my own recipe.

I have previously made other Star Wars themed bakes for Steven’s brother’s 40th birthday. We organised a Star Wars themed kids party (with no kids) in our new home (at the time), which included: Pin the Lightsaber on Yoda, Star Wars pun food (Ham Solo sandwiches), inflatable lightsabers, homemade photo booth and a Millennium Falcon cake.

It’s a relatively simple recipe but, nevertheless, may the force be with you! See? I can do Sci-Fi!

Recipe

You will need:

Ingredients

  • 400g Plain Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Bicarbonate Soda
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Mixed Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 180g Butter (soft)
  • 125g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 125g Golden Syrup
  • 190g chocolate
  • 100g white chocolate chips

Method

  1. Sift the flour and spices together in a large bowl.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  3. Add egg and golden syrup to creamed mixture and combine well.
  4. Gradually add in the flour and spices until fully combined and makes a loose dough.
  5. Split the mixture into 3. Wrap in clingfilm and chill overnight.
  6. Preheat the oven to 170° Fan.
  7. Remove the dough from the fridge and leave at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  8. Roll out on a lightly floured surface and cut out your gingerbread man shapes.
  9. Using a fork, make impressions in the dough to look like fur.IMG_8379
  10. Bake on a lined baking tray for 8-12 minutes (depending on size of cookies and whether you like them soft or crisp).
  11. Leave to cool on a wire rack.IMG_8382
  12. Once fully cooled, melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between until fully melted.
  13. Leave the chocolate to cool slightly before pouring it into a piping back (or you can use a zip lock bag)
  14. Snip the end of the piping bag (or the corner of the zip lock bag) and pipe a diagonal line across your gingerbread man.
  15. Place the white chocolate chips along this line. I used white candy melts because my cookies were quite large (and it’s all I had in the house #QuarantineLife).
  16. (Optional) pipe two eyes and a nose on your wookie with the chocolate.

So, there you go! Absolutely delicious wookie cookies! Not bad for a non-nerd, aye? I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you recreate these, please share the pictures with me! I would love to see your quarantine baking!

Happy Star Wars Day!


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Simple But Cute Easter Treats

So, in the midst of this chaos, here’s some normality. 4 simple treats to make at home to celebrate Easter. There’s nothing fancy required or ingredient you need to brave the shops for. You won’t be elbowing Hugo or Biffy in the wholefoods shop for the last Madagascan Dodo Bird Feather to make these. Just your normal baking supplies. I really hope some of you can create these and find some escape in these recipes. Baking, for me, can be really therapeutic and, if that fails, you can always stress eat your bakes. Whichever way, I hope this helps.

1. Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies

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These are great to make with little ones because you can make the dough ahead of time and they’re really simple and quick. If you don’t have any Easter cookie cutters because ever other Mum in the country has bought them, then this is for you!

What you will need:

  • A batch of sugar cookie dough (see my recipe here).
  • Rolling pin
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutter
  • Chocolate eggs with a sugar crisp shell

Method

  1. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1 cm thickness.
  2. Cut out your ‘gingerbread men’.
  3. Place cookies on a lined baking tray upside down. The ‘legs’ will be the bunny’s ears.
  4. Place a chocolate egg in the centre and bend the arms over the egg so it looks like the bunny is cuddling the egg.
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  5. Using a cocktail stick, give the bunny some eyes.
  6. Bake in a preheated (160ºC fan) oven for 10 minutes.
  7. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Once cool add a nose with a blob of chocolate or a sprinkle.
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2. Easter Nest Cupcakes

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Everyone knows how to make the traditional chocolate Easter nests. Well, they inspired me to make these in cupcake form with a difference.

What you will need:

  • A batch of 12 cupcakes (I used my vanilla cupcakes but you could make chocolate ones to make these treats even more chocolatey)
  • A batch of chocolate buttercream (bought or homemade)
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Mini chocolate eggs

Method

  1. Fill a piping bag, fitted with a round piping nozzle, with chocolate buttercream (if you don’t have a nozzle, just cut the end off to size).
  2. Pipe two rings (one on top of the other) of buttercream onto the top of the cupcake.
  3. Dip your cupcake (gently) into a shallow dish of chocolate sprinkles until the buttercream is coated in them. It should look like a sprinkle covered doughnut!
  4. Place two mini chocolate eggs in the centre of your nest.


3. Lemon Shortbread Bunnies

These are just so delish! Again, these are so simple and great to make with kids. Get creative! Pick your favourite sprinkles and unapologetically decorate!

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What you will need:

  • 125g butter (room temp)
  • 180g plain flour
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (I put in more because I love the lemon flavour)
  • 65g caster sugar
  • Bunny cookie cutter
  • Small flower cookie cutter (optional)
  • Icing sugar
  • Your favourite sprinkles

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 150ºC.
  2. Mix the butter and sugar together until creamy. Then add the lemon zest.
  3. Sift in the flour and combine. Using your hands, form into a dough. Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the fridge and roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 5mm thickness.
  5. Cut out your bunny shapes and place on a lined baking tray. You could also cut out some small flower shapes for the tail! If you don’t have a flower cutter, don’t worry! Continue reading!
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  6. Place the baking tray of cookies into the fridge for 10-15 minutes. You could also put a large hole in the top of them if you with to put ribbon through them to hang.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges of the cookies have a golden tinge.
  8. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.
  9. Mix together icing sugar and water to make a simple icing (you could also add lemon juice to give it more lemon flavour).
  10. Cover the flower shaped cookies in the icing or carefully spoon/pipe the icing onto your bunny to give it a tail. Add your sprinkles to the icing to create a tail made of sprinkles or simply leave it as it is! If you’re creative, you could give him sprinkle ears!

4. Floral Bunny Ear Cupcakes

These are slightly more challenging but I think they’re so cute! I used these reusable cupcake cases that are silicone plant pots which I think were perfect for this design! You can use whatever you like.

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What you will need:

  • A batch of your favourite cupcakes (or you can use my vanilla cupcake recipe)
  • A batch of vanilla buttercream
  • Piping bags
  • Variety or piping nozzles
  • Food colouring
  • Candy melts or chocolate

Method

  1. Melt your candy melts in a piping bag (I used a microwave. Heated for 30 seconds then squeezed the bag to mix the melts. Then heated for another 30 seconds and repeated until I got my desired runny texture). Then snip a small piece of the end of the piping bag off. You can use chocolate, however, it is not as stable.
  2. On grease proof paper, pipe bunny ear shapes. (I draw my design before hand and placed it underneath the grease proof paper so I could trace it).
  3. Leave to harden on a flat surface for 24 hours.
  4. Separate your vanilla buttercream into different bowls and colour. I used yellow, pink and violet as I thought they were nice spring colours.
  5. Put your buttercreams into separate piping bags with different nozzles.
  6. Apply a base of green buttercream to look like grass.
  7. Carefully peel your candy melt bunny ears off of the grease proof paper and delicately push them into the buttercream.
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  8. Pipe a variety of flowers and shapes onto the cupcake. You can always just pipe swirls and dots! Try to pipe them onto the cupcake in a way that supports the ears.

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And there you go! Very simple and quick Easter treats. I hope this brings some joy to your household. If you do create these, please share pictures with me! I would love to see them!

Be kind. Stay Safe.

 

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Fluffy Bunny Pancakes

Tomorrow is Pancake Day! It’s the perfect excuse to have a fun dinner or a sweet treat.

Since this is the first Pancake Day Olivia can take part in, I was trying to think of ways to make it fun. I always love pictures of people making animal pancakes for their kids. There are no rules. You can make teddy bears, butterflies and everyone remembers the pancake art trend. Olivia is still too young to appreciate full blown pancake art but I wanted to practice a simple design that I can make her on Sunday mornings or a grey day to cheer her up and I thought one of the most simple (and cute) designs would be a bunny!

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Although I had a lot of fun making these, I can’t wait until she’s a tad older and can decorate her bunny how she likes. Whipped cream tail? Chocolate whiskers? Strawberry teeth? Banana eyes and blueberry nose? If you do make these, please share your designs with me! I would love to see how you (or your children) decorate them.

Not only is this adorable, but they actually taste so good. I had some left over batter, after making these, and decided to have some for breakfast (as it was just there, and honestly, they’re so delicious!). I topped mine with strawberries and honey (how grown up am I?) but I kind of wanted to cover it in Nutella, whipped cream and sprinkles. Not gonna lie.

The recipe is perfect and you don’t need to run to the shops to get anything ‘special’. Chances are you’ll already have everything you need in the cupboard. So, without further adieu…


Fluffy Pancake Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 135g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 130ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Method

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl.
  2. Lightly whisk the milk and egg together in a seperate bowl, then add the olive oil.
  3. Pour the milk mixture into the large bowl with the flour and whisk with a fork until completely combined.
  4. Leave batter to rest for a few minutes.
  5. Heat up a frying pan with 1 tbsp of oil to stop the pancakes sticking (you’ll need to add oil as you go).
  6. Add a ladle of batter to the heated pan. For the bunny you will need 1 large (body), 1 medium (head), two small (feet) and two ear-shaped pancakes. You’ll want to make several of each so you can practice and pick the best ones.
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  7. Once the top of the batter begins to bubble, flip the pancake over and cook until golden brown on both sides.
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  8. Arrange into a bunny shape and decorate!!!
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And that’s it! It’s literally that simple! These are perfect for a spur of the moment pancake craving or a spontaneous weekend breakfast.

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Thank you for taking the time to read. I hope you all have a very yummy Pancake Day!

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DIY Valentine Treats

Looking for something yummy this Valentine’s? Then look no further! I have everything you need for a romantic night in, a gift to share and those who hate V-day. These are also great if you’re having a ‘Palentines’ or ‘Galentines’ get together. If you make any of the following, please tag me in your creations on social media as I’d love to see how you recreate these.

Chocolate Strawberry Hearts

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Everyone loves chocolate covered strawberries on Valentine’s day. Why not make some for your valentine with a twist?

What you will need:

  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate
  • Pink Candy Melts
  • Toothpicks

Method

  1. Cut the tops off of the strawberries and cut in half.
  2. Arrange two halves into a heart shape (flat side down, points together). You may need to trim the edges to be more rounded.
  3. Push a toothpick through the two pieces of strawberry to secure them. Place onto greaseproof paper.
  4. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and drizzle over the strawberries until evenly covered.
  5. Allow the chocolate to set and remove the toothpick.
  6. Melt Candy Melts in a heatproof bowl and drizzle over the strawberries in a zig zag pattern. Allow to set.
  7. Serve immediately or refigerate until ready to serve.

Giant Valentine Cookie

This is the perfect gift! I make this everytime we decide to have a stay-at-home valentine’s. It’s so good to share in front of the TV. If you’re not very artistic and not sure how to decorate it, NO WORRIES! Melt some chocolate over it when it comes out the oven, add ice cream on top and it makes the perfect dessert.

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What you will need:

  • A batch of your favourite cookie dough
  • Royal Icing coloured red and white
  • Sprinkles

Method

  1. Create a batch of your favourite cookie dough. (I used a packet as it was quicker).
  2. Arrange cookie dough into a heart shaped pattern on a lined baking tray.
  3. Bake accordingly and allow to fully cool.
  4. Create royal icing (recipe below). Divide icing into two bowls and dye one of the bowls of icing red.
  5. Decorate the cookie as you would like. I think this looks particularly good with a traditional valentine message like ‘Be Mine’, ‘Will you be my Valentine?’ or ‘I love you’. Add sprinkles or other edible decorations.

 

Anti-valentine Biscuits

Not everyone likes Valentine’s day so if you’re one of those people (or you’re having a ‘Palentines’, this would also be fun) this is for you.

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To make the biscuits

You will need:

  • 100g sugar
  • 200g butter
  • 300g plain flour

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC/140ºC fan/Gas Mark 3 and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (take care not to overmix).
  3. Slowly add the flour to the mixture until fully combined.
  4. Use your hands to squeeze the mixture together into a ball.
  5. Gently roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut your shapes out (I used a large heart cookie cutter). Place the biscuits onto the baking tray and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.

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To Decorate

You will need:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 500g icing sugar (sifted)
  • 3 tsp water
  • red food colouring

Method

  1. Whisk egg whites until white and fluffy with soft peaks.
  2. Slowly add the icing sugar 1tbsp at a time and mix thoroughly.
  3. Mix until the icing forms a soft peak on the whisk. Not stiff enough to stand straight but just loose enough for the point of the peak to slowly fold over.
  4. Seperate the mixture into two bowls. Dye one bowl of icing red and put half of the red icing into a piping bag with a small round tip.
  5. Carefully pipe a boarder around the heart biscuits and leave to set.
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  6. Add 1tsp of water at a time to the remaining red icing until it is slightly runnier. 
  7. Carefuly pipe the runnier icing onto the biscuits and use a toothpick to ensure the icing evenly flood the biscuit to the boarder.
  8. Once set, put white icing into another piping bag with a small round nozzle and pipe words in the centre of them. You can pipe any words. You could even make these like traditional candy hearts by using different colours and ‘lovey dovey’ expressions.

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I really loved making all of these and I can honestly say they are all delicious! Thank you for reading and please check out some of my other posts. I recently did a post you might like called ‘Super Easy Valentine Crafts To Do With Your Kids’, although to be honest anyone could do them!

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Minecraft Cake Tutorial

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This weekend, my younger brother turned 12 and he requested a Minecraft themed party. I volunteered to make him a Minecraft cake and he was so excited. It only occurred to me later on that I was going to have to figure out HOW to do it.
So, if like me, you want to make a child’s birthday or you’re just wondering how to do it, I’m here to help!
My brother told me he wanted a chocolate cake but you can make any flavour cake you’d like. I used a 10 inch (25cm) square cake pan.

 

1. Make the Cake

Ingredients
For the cake:

  • 280g (10oz) butter, room temperature
  • 280g (10oz) caster sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g (9oz) self raising flour
  • 25g (1oz) Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan, Gas 4) and thoroughly grease a square 10 inch (25cm) cake tin.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder and mix well.
  4. Add eggs to butter mixture, one at a time, and add 1/5 of flour mixture after each egg.
  5. Pour in vanilla extract and mix until combined and pour into cake tin.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes, until a skewer, inserted in the centre of the cake, comes out clean.
  7. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before turning out on a wire rack.

2. Assemble the Cake


For the filling:

  • 200g Cadbury dairy milk (or your favourite chocolate), melted

Method

  1. Once the cake is fully cooled, level the chocolate cake by cutting the top until flat then divide the cake length ways through the middle. Put the shaved off chocolate cake to one side to use later.
  2. Pour over 3/4 of the melted chocolate on the bottom half and sandwich the other half on top.
  3. Cut out a section of the cake. You can use my template below or create your own (but remember to make the shape out of squares, like Minecraft!).
  4. Layer the cut out piece on top of the cake using the remaining melted chocolate to fix it to the cake.
  5. Place cake onto a cake board (you can also use some melted chocolate to fix the cake to the board).

Template

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3. The ‘Dirt’

For the chocolate buttercream:

  • 225g butter
  • 175g melted chocolate, room temperature
  • 250g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1tbsp semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl. I used the microwave, heating it at 30 second intervals and stirring in between to avoid burning the chocolate.
  2. Leave to cool slightly.
  3. Mix the butter, milk, vanilla and icing sugar in a mixer until smooth.
  4. Add the chocolate and mix until thick and creamy.

For the ‘dirt’:

  • 15 chocolate digestive biscuits
  • left over chocolate cake

Method

This will be used to pat on the side of the cake to give the soil look of the grass square in Minecraft.

  1.  Put chocolate digestives into a zip lock bag and close it up. With a rolling pin or a mallet, beat the biscuits into crumbs.
  2. Crumble the left over chocolate cake shavings into the bag and mix until it looks like soil.
  3. Pipe the chocolate buttercream on the sides of the chocolate cake using a piping bag and a round nozzle. Then, pat the ‘dirt’ mixture onto the sides.

4. The ‘Grass’

For the vanilla buttercream (the grass):

  • 110g butter
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • 60ml (3tbsp) semi-skimmed milk
  • 2tsp vanilla essence
  • green food colouring (preferably gel)

Method

This will be dyed green and will be the grass on top of the ‘dirt’ squares.

  1.  Mix together, butter, icing sugar, milk and vanilla essence in a mixer until combined.
  2. Scrape down the sides with a spatula and add green food colouring (I use gel food colouring as it gives a stronger colour and doesn’t add extra liquid to the mixture).
  3. Mix in the food colouring until the colour is even throughout.
  4. Put buttercream into a piping bag with a star tip.
  5. Pipe small spikes all over the top surfaces of the cake in neat rows to look like grass.

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Finishing Touches

I piped more of the green buttercream onto the cake board to give the effect of layered grass. It also allowed me to secure fondant figures from Minecraft to the cake board. These figures were bought online but if you have time and the skill, you could make them yourself ahead of time. I added the element of sand to the cake board by crumbling plain digestive biscuits and securing it using edible glue (you could also use water icing). Similarly, I used edible glue to secure blue fondant to the cake board to add water to the scene.

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I was really proud of this cake, mostly because my brother was super happy with it and was so excited to see it. This is a really simple design for Minecraft. If you have the imagination, you can create different scenes using this basic technique.

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Easy Easter Brownies

These brownies are great to make with kids. If you’re looking for something to do with the little ones this Easter holiday, why not try these delicious brownies? They’re so much fun to make and you can use all the chocolate you accumulate over the season as these brownies are so versatile you can pretty much use any chocolate in them.

I have a confession to make. I use boxed brownies. I am a mother of one 5 month old baby. I don’t have time (or the energy) to make brownies from scratch so I always keep a box (or 6) of Betty Crocker’s brownie mix in my cupboard. It’s such a life saver to have when you need it. Been invited over for a family BBQ and don’t know what to bring? Need a treat? Meant to buy a present for someone but you totally FORGOT? It’s a rainy day and the kids are bored? Have no fear and take to the cupboard! You can change them up to suit whoever is going to indulge in them. Know a peanut butter lover? Add a swirl of peanut butter or Reese’s pieces. S’mores fan? Add mini marshmallows and digestive biscuit pieces.
Also, Mum hack, bake a batch after the kids are asleep, add ice cream and eat from the pan. You won’t be sorry!

Click here to buy 6 boxes from amazon as it works out way cheaper than buying them from the supermarket. Plus they can sit in your cupboard as they don’t have a short expiration date.

Brownies

If you’re wanting to make Easter brownies follow the recipe below. They’re super easy and so fun to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Betty Crocker Chocolate Brownie Mix (or your favourite recipe of chocolate brownies)
  • 4 Cadbury Crème Eggs (you can also use the caramel eggs which are just as yummy)
  • 1 family sized bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs (250g)
  • 100g white chocolate chips (optional)
  • 200g white chocolate (to drizzle)
  • Sprinkles (for decoration (you can get Easter ones to make it more fun))

Method

  1. Make the brownies according to instructions on the box.
  2. Add in the white chocolate chips and mix well.
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  3. Pour in the brownie mix into a lined and greased baking tin.
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  4. Bake in a preheated oven (temperature according to the recipe you’re following).
  5. While the brownies are in the oven cut the Cadbury Crème Eggs in half.
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  6. Place the Cadbury Mini Eggs in a zip-lock bag and smash with a rolling pin or tenderiser until some are crushed and some are whole.
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  7. Take the brownies out of the oven 5 minutes before the suggested time. Push the halves of Cadbury Crème Eggs into the brownie and a handful of the crushed Cadbury Mini Eggs.
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  8. Put the brownie back in the oven for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove the brownie from the oven and allow to cool.
  10. Once cool, melt the white chocolate and drizzle over the brownie.
  11. Sprinkle the remaining Mini Eggs and sprinkles over the brownie and allow to set.
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These are perfect to enjoy at an Easter party or after an egg hunt.

Click the image below to buy the boxed brownies that go perfectly with this recipe.