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21.11.12 Family Hour (make these with the kids!) : Laura Green’s Chocolate Brownies

When I say Laura’s I really mean Nigella’s with a sneaky Laura twist of course. Anyway want one? Why not make them with the kids? It’s really not that hard.

Though to be honest nothing can be too hard to make in Laura’s kitchen! See her full house tour here.

You will need:

200g soft unsalted butter

200g best quality dark chocolate

150g white chocolate buttons

3 large eggs

1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract

250g caster sugar

115g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

Icing sugar to dust to the tops (for decoration)

PLUS a tin measuring approximately 33 x 23 x 5 1/2cm

How to make:

1. Preheat oven to 180*c/gas mark 4. Line your brownie pan – the sides AND the base – with foil, parchment or bake O glide.

2. Melt the butter and the dark chocolate together in a large heavy pan.

3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar and the vanilla.

4. Measure the flour into another bowl and add the salt.

5. When the chocolate mixture has melted, let it cool a bit and beat in the eggs, sugar and flour and white chocolate buttons. Beat until smooth and scrape into your tin.

6. Bake for no longer than 15 minutes to ensure a gooey in the middle brownie.

7. Cut to size and sieve a little icing sugar over to make everything look pretty!

Ta da!   Lunch, dinner & pudding is served!

(Please note that this is an altered recipe to Nigella’s. To view the original (check p.193) of How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson.)

Photographs by Vicky Holmes. Styling by Tracey Chalk/ Laura Green




30.10.12 family hour: halloween ghost meringues

Well if you are off school on half term today like us, this is the perfect opportunity to make something with the kids.

My friend Sarah is amazing. She loves to cook and do stuff everyday with her kids and is a real inspiration to me, so i have to share these ghost meringues she made…in July!  They can be made and the kitchen tidied in under 30 minutes!

You will need:

3 egg whites
150g sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Black writing icing or melted chocolate

How to make:

1. Place egg whites and cream of tartar into a bowl (separate egg whites by placing the egg into your hand and opening your fingers until the white has dripped through into a bowl underneath TO KEEP, and you are left holding the yolk, TO BIN, or use for another recipe?!)
2. Whisk until fluffy
3. Add vanilla essence
4. Add sugar a little at a time and whisk again until soft peak stage
5. Spoon mixture into piping bag of food bag with corner cut off
6. Squeeze mixture into ghost shapes onto a greaseproof papered baking tray
7. Cook meringues at 150 degrees for 5-10 mins
8. Once cooled draw face with icing (or melted chocolate)

These are perfect served with fruit kebabs or a big bowl of strawberries!

I totally love how George has to cook naked too! Check out her blog. I love her recipe posts.

TIP: If you’ve got teenagers. They might prefer to make this instead…Ew!

Happy Halloween!



22.08.12 Family Hour: Pasta Jewellery

Family Hour: Stuff to do with your kids in under an hour. Turn off the TV, shut down the computer and do something together. You know it makes sense.

So a week or so ago i found myself looking after 6 children. What on earth, i thought to myself, can i do to entertain 6 ?! Make pasta jewellery of course!

Even the boys after their initial reluctance got totally into the whole making and designing. After all surfer dudes always wear cool wristbands and necklaces.

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