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Luscious Salted Caramel Brownies

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Last week I was asked to make some brownies for work as it was one of my colleagues last day. I spent time browsing through my favourite site www.tastespotting.com but didn't find anything that tickled my fancy. I wanted a brownie but not your run of the mill type brownie, something different. Then I had eureka moment, I remembered to check out my favourite baking blog www.poireauchocolat.net run by Emma Gardner. She has given me at least two of my favourite recipes in the past, Lemon Drizzle Loaf and Tarte Au Citron and yet again she has given me a winner in her Salted Caramel Brownies
These brownies are truly glorious, however as Emma stressed to me on twitter they are not your regular brownies, they are truly dense sticky truffle like nuggets of pure heavenly goodness. The salted caramel gooey-ness makes these truly delectable. I have been reading for months now how people are coupling salt with sweet,  I am long time believer in salt and sweet, my father used to lambast me …

Tales of a Monster Cake - Guest Blog Post by Jen Moran

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A couple of months ago with my Son’s first birthday approaching I decided to start planning a little party for him (ie us!) to celebrate it. Given that he doesn’t even know he has a nose, I couldn’t exactly ask him what sort of theme he might like, so off to Pinterest I went to find some inspiration. I stumbled across a very cute Friendly Monster theme which I loved, and from there the plans got underway. Monster themed paper plates and paper cups were sourced (from http://www.partydelights.co.uk/themes/monster-madness-party-supplies.aspx in case anyone is interested). I bought some of their paper plates, paper cups and the cupcake monster kits. I used Parcel Motel for delivery.
In rare wave of determined ambition I decided that I was going to become the next Mary Berry and make my own cake, based on a picture I had seen on Pinterest. Enter my baking expert good friend Will, who was appointed as my chief baking consultant whether he liked it or not! Of course, him being as lovely as he…

Chocolate Cake - Part 1 - Icing to Follow on Snapchat Thursday 8pm

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This is Mary Berry's recipe I am simply spreading the love. You will love it!
You can find it here on Woman's Own.
Follow me on Snapchat if you want to see me make it , Username : Chongwill.

What you need :
1 x 6inch tin 50g cocoa powder  12 dessertspoons boiling water
3 large eggs
50ml  milk
175g self-raising flour
1 rounded teaspoon baking powder
100g margarine
275g caster sugar 

Icing:
1kg of icing sugar sifted
4 dessertspoons of cocoa powder
Milk
500g butter softened

How you do it: Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Grease your tin then line the base of each tin with baking parchment or grease and flour.Blend the cocoa and boiling water in a large bowl.Mix the margarine and sugar until light / fluffy.Add one egg at a time beating after each egg.Add your milk and cocoa, give a 10 second beat.Add your flour, baking powder and beat until smooth and thick.Transfer to the tin.Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 55 minutes or until well risen and the tops of the cakes spring …

Lovely White Bread - You cannot go wrong!

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I think we all know by now I disappear for long periods of time on my blog, so I best not say "oooh I am back blah blah". I will say this however, I feel throughout my whole time on the bake off I was churning out blog after blog for the sake of it thinking I was going to become some baking blogger bloke with a book. That didn't happen and I lost interest in blogging,  I am still a normal(ish) bloke working my day job cleaning data for a law firm, and now I am finally back to the hobby that this once was before I straight up forgot about it. The one thing about baking at least for a hobby is I need people to eat my stuff, especially the cakes, I really need to befriend my next door neighbours. Hmmm the neighbours might think I am an utter weirdo however, maybe I should stick with scoffing it myself and Joanne of course.

Anyhow here is why I decided to finally bake today. I was in Fallon and Byrne yesterday, their bread selection is fantastic but a smidgen dear, 9 quid f…

April 28th 2015 - Life

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Good day (not in the Australian G'day sense bah you know what I mean),
I hope you are the best you can be right now. I have flipped around this idea in my brain for months maybe even longer than that, finally moving my fingers back and forth across a keyboard attempting to write a blog entry. Let me start in the year of 13'. An amazing year! it brought me many great memories, memories of family and friends gathering for something I applied a talent of mine to in the form baking on the telly (I still cannot fathom it even happened). The greatest thing that happened this year I opened up as person, I changed... I found a voice inside me telling me I can do things,  I could speak in public and not be afraid of messing up (ok I did mess up a bit in the beginning of teaching it was nerve wracking). I taught some lovely folk how to bake a bit of bread.... it was hectic, draining but incredibly rewarding seeing people produce bread from my instructions. We had our ups... our downs..…