Friday Fillers – Bake off…

Friday night is Date Night and I won’t be cooking 🎉

I want to fill the cake boxes though, so will have a bake off – the radio goes on and off I go baking up a storm for Hubby (and Youngest when here) to have something sweet to grab.

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I am making Brownies again, as the last batch disappeared the same day, via Hubby’s work mates… I will also make some coffee and walnut cakes as I have a real fancy for them.

img_2200I start with the brownies, I make these a lot so could almost bake them blindfolded- here’s a Link to a previous blog. Put the oven on to 180 to heat up, and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper ready to go.

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Into the Kitchenaid bowl I add 6 medium eggs and 500g of sugar with a large teaspoon of vanilla bean paste – whisk till light and fluffy and doubled in size.

Whilst this is whisking add 400g of dark chocolate (I use Aldi basic at 33p a bar) and 375g unsalted butter all chopped up, I microwave this for 2 minutes and mix together till it forms a smooth glossy sauce, this is added to the egg mix and continue to whisk till blended.  Slow the mixer down and add 225g plain flour, mix for a minute, and using a silicon spatula, fold any remaining flour in (add nuts or whatever you want at this stage) and scrape into the lined baking tray.

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Into the oven for 25 minutes – no more or it won’t be squidgy…

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For the Coffee and Walnut cakes, I am using my Lakeland minimloaf tins, this means I will eat 1 and not half a large cake at a time 🤣

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I line the individual holes with a piece of baking paper before starting.

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Into the (cleaned) Kitchenaid bowl, goes 200g of softened chopped unsalted butter, a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste, 100g of sugar, 100g light brown sugar and beat till lightened and fluffy, add, one at a time 4 medium eggs, ensuring one is mixed in before tipping in the other.  Then add 200g of self raising flour, and 2 tablespoons of espresso (strong instant will do).

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Mix in 75g of chopped walnuts and spoon into the mini loaf tins.

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Into the oven (180) for about 15 minutes, then leave to cool before tipping out. I like them just like this.

You can make a water icing but using 200g of icing sugar and adding strong coffee by the teaspoon and mix till you have a thick liquid at ‘ribbon’ thickness and spoon onto the cakes- leave to set and plant a half Walnut on if you want to. 😇

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I am also making Fudge, in the Thermomix  (Fudge  Recipe) as I want to make Salted caramel and fudge Icecream for a weekend treat 😋

 

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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