Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Magic Trees, Hot Chocolate and Ginger Brownies

It has snowed again here and we’re lucky in that it hasn’t been so heavy so as to cause too many problems (although our pipes have frozen today upstairs-not great!). I took these pictures of the beautiful trees while out walking with Porridge -I think they look like those Magic Trees I always used to get in my stocking for Christmas-the ones which you put in a special solution and they ‘grow’ a snowy covering overnight.

All of my Christmas baking has kept me very busy over the past couple of weeks and I’ve been making lots of these Dark Chocolate and Stem Ginger Brownies (which I’ve called The Ginger, Dark and Handsome) to go into my Christmas hampers. I’ve been experimenting for weeks to get what I hope is the perfect Brownie texture. These taste so Christmassy with the chunks of Stem Ginger and have a fudgy, truffle-ish texture.  I’ve just had a little break with a hot chocolate and a couple of brownies to keep me going- yum!