Easter Brownie Recipe

**WARNING – This post is all about filthy gooey chocolate**

With Easter fast approaching I wanted to bake an extra special treat for the family. This indulgent chocolate Easter brownie is perfect and totally delicious and rich. The gooey fudginess is mouth watering.

They easy to make, I made them with the helping hands from the boys. They followed the instructions that were given to them, measuring and stirring and I think that there may have been the odd lick here and there, and a lot of hand washing in between. Honestly, how do children think they can get away with sneakily taking a lick of the chocolate batter when:

  • one, they have the evidence to show around their mouth
  • and two, they seem to forget that us adults were once children ourselves

Getting the children involved just makes the baking a lot more fun. Not only are they learning a life skill, but they are also learning maths with the measuring and timings. And, it gives them a sense of pride when they see the finished product.

The trick to producing that fudge like consistency to your brownie is to take it out of the oven when they are slightly underdone, the brownie should have a little wobble to it in the middle.

You can’t bake a brownie and walk away to do another job, you have to be close by and keep checking on it. They don’t take long to bake, depending on the thickness of your brownie. The thicker they are, the longer they will need in the oven.

I found this recipe on bbc good food, but slightly tweaked it.

Easter Gooey Brownie

An indulgent chocolate fudge brownie topped with easter eggs

Ingredients

  • 250 g Caster Sugar
  • 180 g Dark Chocolate the darker the better. Cut into chunks
  • 180 g Unsalted Butter
  • 85 g Plain Flour
  • 40 g Cacoa Powder Organic
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • Fondant Filled Eggs any size. I used 2 small packets
  • Mini Chocolate Eggs extra for decorating

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 180c/160c . Grease a tin/silicone square baking case with some butter.

  2. Put the butter and chocolate chunks into a heat proof bowl and melt. You can do this over a hot pan of boiling water or in the microwave. If using the microwave, remember to keep an eye on it. We used the microwave for about 45 seconds at 15 second intervals. Stir the butter and chocolate together and it will soon melt. Leave to one side to cool.

  3. Crack the eggs into a bowl and add in the caster sugar. Combine well until you have a creamy consistency. I used the electric mixer.

  4. Pour the chocolate mixture over the egg mixture and fold together. Add in the honey.

  5. Sieve in the flour and cacao powder and combine by folding it together. Add in some of your chocolate eggs.

  6. Pour into your square tin.

  7. Place into the heated oven for about 20-30 minutes. Depending on the size of your baking case and thickness of your brownie. The thicker it is the longer it may need.

  8. Cut your fondant eggs in half. After the brownie has been baking for 20 minutes take it out of the oven and place your fondant eggs on top. Poke them into the mixture so that the fondant part is showing. Add on all of the other chocolate eggs that you have too.

  9. Take out of the oven once the outer side is baked but still slightly wobbly in the middle. Just slightly undercooked. Mine needed another 15 minutes of cooking

  10. Leave to cool for about 30 minutes and then place into the fridge to firm for another 30 minutes

  11. You can now decorate as you wish. Cut into small squares. Enjoy!

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Easter/Spring Crafts with Yellow Moon

It’s Easter weekend, you’ve been out hunting for your eggs, eaten your weight in chocolate and now the rain has started to pour down. You’re exhausted in what activities to keep your children entertained, especially when the weather outside is dismal. What can you do? Why not take a look at www.yellowmoon.org.uk. An online store full of art and crafts supplies.

Being part of the Yellow Moon bloggers programme, ment that we were sent our seasonal package full of easter craft sets for us to try out. The sets are ideal if you’re not very crafty and lack in ideas (perfect for me) plus everything is included in the pack that you would need to create an art master piece.

Here are some of the Easter sets that we received

  • Easy Dotty Sticker Art – Pack of 8 – £3.99
  • Easter Colour In Gift Boxes – Pack of 8 – £2.75
  • Easter Wooden Shapes – Pack of 10 – £2.99
  • Spring Basket Kits – Pack of 8 – £2.95
  • Bunny Mix and Match Decoration Kit – Pack of 6
  • Easter Grass – Per Pack
  • 4 part multi paint pad – £3.60

 

yelloe dots

 

Easy Dotty Sticker Art comes with 8 assorted designs including a chick, lamb, bunny rabbit and an Easter egg. Each pack contains 16 sheets of assorted colours and sizes of dotty stickers.

The dots are easy to peel. You get to choose the colours that you want to use. This activity kept myself and the children busy for a while. The result is pretty and are perfect for hanging up on the wall at Easter time. I love how the vibrant colours of the dots stand out against the black background.

yellow easter box

The Easter gift boxes comes in 4 assorted designs- chick,bunny,Easter egg and a daffodil. The designs are pre printed onto the box, decorate with felt tip pens or crayons. They are easy to fold and put together, just secure in place with some tape once closed. We filled ours with some of the Easter tissue and then placed some eggs inside ready to hid in the arden for the children to find them. They are ideal for placing gifts or chocolates inside for friends or family. Or even to give out as a party treat box, allow your guests to colour them in forst and then place a slice of cake inside to take home.

 

easter wood

The Easter wooden shape pack comes with 10 assorted designs-Easter basket, daffodil, chick, butterfly, chicken, lamb, chick in an egg, bunny, bunny head and an Easter egg. Made from 3mm plywood, approx. 8-13cm wide. Decorate with felt tips pens or acrylic paint. Ideal for any Easter activity. The eldest has saved a few of the shapes so that he can make a wind chime with them . The youngest coloured his in with felt tips and then stuck a lollypop stick onto the back so that they could be placed into the ground during his Easter egg hunt. He even placed some yellow feathers onto the chickens tail.

easter basket

The Spring baskets come in 4 assorted colours – blue, pink, yellow and green. Each kit contains card basket templates, card handle and split pins. Each side of the basket template and the handle are decorated with a different pattern, flowers on one side and gingham check on the other. Contrast your basket by changing the pattern. The instructions are easy to follow. Fold along the lines and then slot the pieces together. There are already pre-cut holes where the split pins go, so they are really easy to make. We filled our ones with some of the shredded tissue and then the boys went off into the garden for their egg hunt

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They managed to fill them up with the goodies they found in the garden. I think they got quite a lot into them. They are ideal for spring parties or displays.

 

easter bunny

The Easter bunny mix and match kit comes with 8 assorted designs. Design your bunny by mixing up his/her clothes and accessories. Decorate your bunny with a hat, shoes, bow tie or flower, t- shirt or dress and no bunny is complete without holding onto an egg. The foam decorations are pre cut and easy to peel away from the backing. These bunnies are perfect to hang around your house or to hang on your Easter tree. You could even stick them onto some paper an creat a bigger picture.

yellow paint

The paint pad comes in 4 colours – red, blue, yellow and green. Each paint section is approx. 7.5 x 7.5cm. Ideal for finger painting or use with stamps. We made sping flower cards for our friends. The pads are fun to use and the paint easily washes off. It dries really quickly and is quite watery.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our Yellow Moon spring craft sets. They have kept the children entertained on rainy days.

We have been provided the craft sets for the purpose of this review

 

 

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Making your own Chocolate Egg Slabs

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These chocolate Easter Egg Slabs are an ideal activity for the children to do over the Easter weekend, only do they get to make and decorate them but they also get to eat them too.

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You will need:

  • Bars of chocolate to melt (we bought the cheap bars from Tesco)
  • Baking greaseproof paper
  • Sweets to decorate
  • Writing icing pens
  • Hundreds and thousands
  • Marshmallows or dried fruit
  • Popping candy

Instructions:

First lay out your greaseproof paper and draw an oval shape on it

Next melt the chocolate

Spoon the melted chocolate onto the greaseproof paper and using the back of the spoon move the chocolate around to make the shape of an egg, using the oval shape as a guide

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Now all you have to do is decorate it in any way you wish too. My boys used the icing pens to make patterns with and then added on marshmallows, dried banana, popping candy, strawberry candy, rainbow drops, hundreds and thousands and chocolate chips.20140419-111300.jpg

Once decorated leave to set on the side or in the fridge

Now they are ready to eat or give as an Easter gift

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If you make them let me know how you get on and how you decorated them

Happy Easter Everyone 🙂

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Outdoor fun: outdoor gyms and hunting for eggs

Family time is precious and it’s even better when we are visiting Nanny

For the past couple of days the boys and I have been staying at nanny’s house, nanny doesn’t live too close to us so when it’s half term we like to spend our time visiting her.

Our first day we went for a lovely walk in a local nature reserve

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The boys loved running around and making the most of the space by having races against each other

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After a long walk around the marshes we found an outdoor gym just next to the play area

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We all had a go on all of the equipment making sure that we read all the instructions first. Oliver loved the cross trainer, his little legs just about reached and he found it easier to go backwards than forwards but it didn’t stop him from trying it

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Even Nanny had a go on one

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This machine was quite good and you could really feel it working around your hips.

Outdoor gyms are a fabulous way of all the family keeping fit together whilst out in the open air.

Today we went to another local park but didn’t manage to stay long as the eldest didn’t feel very well but I still managed to grab a couple of photos of the boys playing pirates on the wooden ship

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Oliver like the spinning wheel, he has a thing for numbers and loves to point out ones that he recognises, he was spinning the wheel and telling me what number the triangle was landing on each time

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Joseph is a bit of a climber and will try and climb anything, he loves to show me too

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Once we returned back to Nanny’s house it was time for the boys to go out into the garden and search for the eggs that Nanny and I had hidden for them to find.

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They had a lovely time searching high and low for the eggs and web managed to find some that we hidden within the trees and shrubbery.

I loved watching them running around laughing and shouting out to each other that they had found one, big brother even helped the little one with pointing out some for him to pick up.

We have had a lovely couple of days outside in the fresh air, I’m linking this post up with Coombemill Countrykids

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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