So Easter is over, although with the amount of chocolate we still have in our house, I think we could easily have an egg hunt for all our friends as the chocolate seems to be never ending! There is something extra yummy about a chocolate easter egg though, but even so it is all too tempting to have so much lying around the house!
Of course a great way of using some chocolate up, is to bake with it and this is what I did with Jenson this week because he loves to help me in the kitchen, although he was a little less impressed about me using some of his chocolate in the process lol! Although I know that the main reason he (and his brother) like to help me bake is because then he gets to lick the bowl out at the end!
I had been sent a lovely bundle of baking goodies from Wilko just before the Easter weekend, so it was perfect timing for some cooking with Jenson during the holidays, especially on a day which was filled with sudden downpours of rain. We decided to make some Chocolate Orange Brownies.
Apart from teaching children how to cook and bake which are in themselves life skills for them to use later in life, baking is also a great way of teaching your child about the weight of ingredients and number recognition.It can also be good for spelling, as Jenson wrote down a few things he had done aswell.
Our chocolate orange brownies were baked in a (Wilko) 9 inch loose bottomed round tin, which meant we made brownie triangles rather than squares, but of course a standard brownie tin would suffice if you prefer your brownies cut into squares.
- 200g butter
- 200g chocolate roughly chopped - I used leftover Easter egg chocolate
- 4 eggs
- 250g caster sugar
- 100g self raising flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- 200g Terry's chocolate orange - I used an egg leftover from Easter - broken into small pieces
- Pre-heat oven to 180C/160C fan
- Grease and line a 9inch loose bottomed round cake tin (or use the equivalent square brownie tin) with baking parchment.
- Put the butter and non orange flavoured chocolate into a non-stick saucepan and very gently melt over a low heat, stirring every now and then, until smooth. Be careful not to burn it!
- Whisk the eggs and sugar together with an electric whisk until the mixture is pale and has doubled in volume
- Carefully stir into the cooled chocolate mixture - being as light with the spoon as you can.
- Sift over the flour and cocoa powder and gently fold in
- Then add the orange chocolate pieces and give one last gentle mix
- Pour into the lined tin and bake for 40 mins approx - the brownie should be risen and still have a slight wobble
This brownie turned out just right – it had a slight crisp on the outside but the centre was soft and gooey and just delicious!
With all the eggs still left, I think I might be making another although it will just be a chocolate brownie next time as all of the Terry’s chocolate orange is gone now.
I was sent a baking bundle from Wilko for the purpose of a review.