I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned before but Dave does most all of the cooking in our house. I bake occasionally and have made buns and so forth with Ben but haven’t really done so much with Chloe. Dave has recently been getting his bake on and has turned his hand to making sweet treats (this is not necessarily conducive to Operation Wedding Weight but who am I to stop him!)
Last weekend Amy and I went out for the day with my lovely friend Michelle leaving Ben and Chloe to enjoy a day with Daddy . . . So here it is. The first official “Word from the Mr”- A guest post from Daddy!
I find when cooking with the kids its easier to have everything set out beforehand that you’re going to need throughout the recipe so I’d weighed everything in advance and set it out in little bowls. (How very Delia Smith!) This means you’re not running off to find something in the middle of a delicate operation, and avoids a pitfall of cooking with kids, ‘Unsupervised little cooks can cause massive mess!”
As we were cooking on the work surface the kids were using a step to get them to the right height, it’s only big enough for one at a time so they were taking turns.
Anyway, the recipe we used was one from “Cupcake Jemma”, who I found through the Jamie Oliver FoodTube page on YouTube:
It’s a beautiful and easy recipe for brownies. Really rich and delicious without too much fuss. I altered the recipe slightly to remove the nuts Jemma recommends and added chocolate chunks as these brownies were purely for the kids.
The first thing to do was to melt the chocolate and butter together. The kids had great fun breaking up the chocolate – indulging their destructive impulses by bashing it in the packets on the work surface or chopping board. The butter has to be chopped up too which I did. Then the butter and smashed chocolate are put in a bowl together over some how water in a pan to be heated gently on the hob. This is no good for the kids for obvious safety reasons so I did this task, but told them what I was doing and picked them up to have a look and smell. Mmmm! They’re well versed in not going near the hob when Daddy’s cooking from repeated reminders.
As the chocolate and butter were melting quite happily on their own with the occasional stir, I helped the kids to mix the eggs and sugar. We used a hand mixer, I wouldn’t bother trying this recipe without one. (Mixing this up by hand would take ages and be unlikely to keep the kids entertained) We chucked the sugar in a big mixing bowl then the eggs and gave it a good mix for about 5 minutes until it was well combined. The kids took turns mixing after I showed them what to do and stressed the importance of holding onto the mixing bowl!
I kept checking the melting chocolate and giving it a stir until was melted. Once it was done we allowed it to cool slightly then added the chocolate to the eggs and sugar mixture. I poured the chocolate into the mixing bowl whilst Ben and Chlo used the mixer on its slowest setting to combine the two. It didn’t take long.
Next we added the flour with the salt (I sieved the flour beforehand to get rid of lumps), just adding a bit at a time and giving it a good mix round before adding more flour. I added the flour while the kids mixed as before, they liked watching the mixture change and thicken.
The last thing to do was to add the chocolate chunks. We added Dairy Milk chunks and Milky Bar chunks (Sorry Aunty Nic!) which had been broken up the same as with the cooking chocolate. We chucked them into the mixture and give it a good mix round. (In all honesty the Milky Bar was a bit too thin and ended up melting to almost nothing when it was baked.)
Finally we poured the mixture into a baking tin (we used a silicone one, great things!) and stuck it in the oven for about 30 mins. At this point the kids got to eat the scrapings out of the mixing bowl, their favourite part of the cooking experience!
That pretty much wraps it up, just tidy up and enjoy your brownies!
So this lucky Mummy came home from a lovely day out to find a whole heap of beautiful homebaked brownies in the kitchen! Winner!
Hope you enjoyed Dave’s very first blog post!!