Delicious Walnut Bars

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These walnut bars are truly delicious and were gone only a few hours after they were baked. They remind me a little bit of brownies.

For the base

  • 50g walnuts
  • 70g sugar
  • 80g flour
  • 75g butter
  1. Grind/cut the walnuts into small pieces. In a bowl, mix the small pieces of walnuts with sugar and flour. Rub in the butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
  2. Pat the mixture into a square tin (20cm) and bake for 25 mins in a preheated oven (180C).

For the topping

  • 25g butter
  • 75ml water
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 110g sugar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  1. In a pot, melt the butter and the water. Whisk in the cocoa powder and the sugar. Remove the pot from heat and put in a pinch of sea salt. Let the pot cool for 5 mins or so.
  2. After 5 mins, whisk in the eggs and blend everything well.
  3. After the walnut base is baked, take it out of the oven and pour the topping over it evenly.
  4. Return the tin to the oven and bake for 20-25 mins.
  5. Allow it to cool then cut it into squares and dust with icing sugar.

 

 

Old Fashioned Ginger Cookies

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The other day I made these delicious ginger cookies. They are really easy and quick to make and indeed the only time consuming task here is cutting the cookies into your desired shapes with a cookie cutter. But of course you can forego this step althogether by rolling the cookie dough into a log and cutting it into thin slices*.

  • 2 tbsp black treacle
  • 50g butter
  • 130g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinammon
  • 40g muscovado sugar
  • 1 egg
  • icing sugar
  1. Heat the treacle and the butter in a pot until melted. Put aside.
  2. Sift flour, soda, ground ginger, cinammon and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Pour the treacle mixture into the flour mixture and beat in the egg. Mix everything to form a soft dough. If the dough is too runny add more flour to make it thicker.
  4. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters*.
  5. Place the cut out shapes of dough onto a lightly greased baking tray and bake in a preheated oven (190C) for 10-12 minutes (be careful not to keep them in the oven for too long as they burn easily!)
  6. When the cookies are done, let them cool.
  7. Mix the icing sugar with some water to make it runny and drizzle over the cooled cookes. Let the icing set for twenty minutes or so.

 

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Spies and Brownies

“Oh hi, you came.”
“Just for a second, to bring over brownies and welcome you to the neighbourhood.”

Have you guys heard about the tv show ‘The Americans’? I came upon it by accident a week or so ago and ever since then I can hardly think of anything else. Its first season came out in 2013 and so far there are 3 seasons of this show. I think season 4 is supposed to come out this year too…

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who has not seen it yet and might want to watch it so I won’t give too much away… It’s basically about two Russian KGB spies that are integrated into the American society during the Cold War. The two spies, Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, are leading double lives – on the one hand they’re pretending to be an ordinary American family (they’re married and they have two kids) but on the other hand they’re juggling their responsibilities as informants. It’s hard already as it is but matters are further complicated when an FBI agent moves into the neighbourhood.

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The acting is wonderful, the plot is intense and Philip (Matthew Rhys) is an absolute cutie. The style – clothes, music and the like – are also on point. It’s a tv show that is well worth a watch so if you’ve got nothing to do this evening, make yourself a cup of tea, pop yourself some popcorn and settle in for a cozy adventure with ‘The Americans’.

 

Brownies

brownies2brownies3Today felt like the perfect day to make brownies. It was gloomy and cold and when the smell of chocolate filled my kitchen I thought I was in heaven. These brownies were devoured almost instantly – I could not recommend them enough (:

  • 55 grams butter
  • 200 grams chocolate
  • 175 grams brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 85 grams white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 70 grams walnuts, chopped roughly
  1. Put the chocolate and butter in a saucepan and stir until melted. Set aside to cool.
  2. Put the sugar and eggs in a bowl and cream them together until light and fluffy. Pour the melted chocolate and mix well. Sift in the flour and soda and put the chopped walnuts in, once again mixing the batter well.
  3. Grease a medium sized (20cm) square cake tin with oil or butter and then pour in the batter. Bake in a preheated oven (180C) for 30 mins.
  4. Once done, cool in the tin for a few mins and then run a knife around the edges of the brownie to loosen it. Let it cool completely before taking it out and cutting into squares.

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Can you believe that a couple of months ago I had no idea what brownies were? But one bite was enough to make me a brownie fan for life.

 

Sweet Delights

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Hello!

What can be better than a cup of coffee, a good book and a sweet treat on a rainy afternoon? Nothing, in my eyes at least!

Thus, I would like to dedicate this blog to various sweet delights such as cookies, cakes, and an occasional truffle (;

Happy baking.
Laura.