...Food and Recipes, General ramblings


I met up with the lovely Kerry from the fabulous My Lovebumps blog last week.

Weirdly enough, she lives in my town. I say weirdly, as we met online (now that does sound weird…)

Along with a couple of other lovely bloggers, she runs The Pinaddicts Challenge. And you all must know by now, I am a Pinterest addict, and I quite like a challenge. So I have been taking part of this for the last few months (still yet to win though, sniff!)

Anyway, as usual, I digress, we met up to discuss The Pinaddicts Challenge, and the state of the town following on from my little rant.

I had promised her cake. And there was no cake. So I thought I would make brownies, and being super-frugal and in the spirit of ‘Waste not, want not’, I used up these chocolate lollies we had leftover from Christmas!

Brownies1I am not kidding, these really are the best brownies ever ever ever. Even if I do say so myself.

They are from this great book “Brownies” by Linda Collister


Just in case you want to give them a try…

This is what you need:

  • 150g good-quality plain chocolate (or 100g of cheapo milk chocolate lollies, and 50g dark chocolate!)
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened (I used salted, shoot me)
  • 400g caster sugar-no that is not a typo….
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 130g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder

This is what you do:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C (350F)/gas mark 4
  • Break the chocolate into a bowl and then melt in the microwave-I do it for a minute, then stir, then in 30s blasts, stirring in between
  • Beat the butter in a mixer until creamy and soft
  • Add the sugar and vanilla essence and beat again until soft and fluffy this time
  • Add the eggs one at a time whilst still beating, then add the melted chocolate NB. turn the mixer off before adding the chocolate, or at least down to it’s lowest speed-take it from me, melted chocolate is hard to clean off walls…
  • Sift in the flour and cocoa (I never normally sift, but I do usually with this one, to try and give it a bit of air-not entirely sure it makes any difference) and mix well
  • At this stage you can add some extras if you like: chopped pecans/walnuts; chopped chocolate etc
  • Spoon the mix into a lined brownie tin-mine is about 20x25cm and spread it out evenly


  • Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes ish (sorry, being quite vague! I checked mine after 30mins and it still needed longer. To test it-a skewer inserted halfway between the centre line and the side should come out just clean, but should still be a bit sticky in the middle)
  • Leave to cool for as long as you can bear until just warm, then remove from the tin and devour….


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  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo January 23, 2013 at 9:58 am

    These look brilliant ! Will have to check out the pinaddicts challenge and maybe give it a go (Im a it addicted too). :O)

    • Reply Jen January 23, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Jo. The pinaddicts challenge is good fun. The February linky should be up soon!!

  • Reply thelovebump January 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Let me tell you those were the BEST brownies I have EVAH eaten in my whole life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy I’ve got the recipe too now! Thanks for all the lovely links too…. you’re on the team now hun, so that makes you a WINNAH! See you soooooooooon! xx

    • Reply Jen January 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks Kerry! Glad you enjoyed them 🙂 Very excited to be on the Pinaddicts team-raring to get going!!

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