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Epic Mini Egg Gooey Chocolate Brownies

These 10 step epic easter themed chocolate brownies are so incredibly easy and fun to make!

Check out the video below for a step by step visual instruction… or just keep reading!

RECIPE

*makes approximately 30 small brownie pieces*

Ingredients

250g caster sugar

100g unsalted butter

4 eggs

60g cocoa powder

60g plain flour

200g dark chocolate

Optional: 2 handfuls of mini eggs & 2 handfuls of twirl bites.

Method:

  1. Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Melt your dark chocolate: – heat up a small saucepan with approx an inch of boiling water in the bottom and place a heatproof bowl over the pan on a medium heat and break the chocolate in the bowl. Stir gently until all the chocolate has melted and take off the heat & leave to cool.
  3. Pop a large mixing bowl on your weighing scales and zero your scales, weigh out 250g caster sugar.
  4. Next weigh out 100g softened unsalted butter.
  5. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  6. Crack 4 eggs into the mixture and gently mix together.
  7. Your melted chocolate should be cooled by now, add this to the mixture and stir together.
  8. Add the 60g of flour & 60g cocoa powder and stir thoroughly together.
  9. Add the mini eggs and twirl bites.
  10. Line your baking tray with greaseproof paper (see video for size if necessary) & pour mixture evenly in the tray, pop in oven for 20 minutes. Leave to cool and then chop into chunks.

Voila! Perfect gooey chocolate brownies perfect for parties or a cheeky snack!!

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Comfort Foods: Go Go Gnocchi

GO GO GNOCCHI



This recipe is one of two recipes that is my absolute go to meal if I want to eat something delicious, easy, carby, cheesy and more interesting; as much as I love a good ole mac ‘n’ cheese, which is an excellent go to if all you have in your house is pasta, cheddar, milk and flour!

Ever since I started making “Go go gnocchi” a few months ago, I have had so many questions about how to make it and I am always the over sharing type and want to feed you up as much as I feed up my family and I.

This is an absolutely great meal to make in large quantities for dinner parties or meals for the week!! At the end of this post I also recommend some gorgeous wines that go with the dish too.

Go go Gnocchi

Gnocchi is such an understated potato/pasta and when I tell my friends that you can make a gorgeous crunchy and creamy dish out of gnocchi they are like how??? “It always ends up a soggy potato dumpling”

Equipment: 1 large pan, 1 medium sized frying pan, 1 spatula/stirring spoon, chopping board, knife and a wine glass (with wine in it).

Ingredients: Generously serves 4 people.

Obviously you can change these up based on your preferences and amount of people you are cooking for.

2 x 500g packets of gnocchi

2 x punnets of chestnut mushrooms

1 red onion

2 cloves garlic

130g pancetta

Two tablespoons of olive oil

175ml of water or 175ml of white wine (and a glass for yourself)

2 handfuls of frozen peas (optional)

300ml Creme Fraiche (half fat)

75g of parmesan or cheddar for a sweeter taste.

Method:

  1. Heat up a large  non stick frying pan and when it is hot, dry fry the whole packet of pancetta (approx 7 mins).
  2. Meanwhile chop up the onion and the garlic into fine pieces and heat up the second frying pan with both tbsps of olive oil. Then add the onion into the same pan as the pancetta and give a good stir.
  3. Whilst the onion cooks in the smokey bacon flavours, prepare the mushrooms, to do this wipe the mushrooms with kitchen towel and chop into slices and when ready pop in with the onion and pancetta and leave to cook (approx 8 mins).                     *You can wash the mushrooms in water, but wiping with kitchen paper keeps the flavour.
  4. Whilst you’ve been doing step 3 your second pan should be sizzling hot – pop both packets of gnocchi into the pan and keep on a high heat, make sure to keep turning the gnocchi pieces gently to avoid burning. *If your pan isn’t big enough for 2 packets add it in batches.
  5. Once your mushrooms look browned add the garlic, after 1 minute add the 175ml of water or 175ml of wine, bring down to a medium – low heat and pop the lid on to leave the sauce to thicken (approx 10mins). In the last 2 minutes add your frozen peas.
  6. Meanwhile keep gently turning the gnocchi until light brown and start grating the parmesan into a bowl.
  7. Once  pan fried gnocchi is ready add to the mushroom and pancetta sauce, give a good stir, bring down to a low heat and add the creme fraiche and remember to keep stirring. This is the part where you can season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Finally when you are ready to serve put half the bowl of parmesan into the sauce and stir, leaving a little to sprinkle on top. Then serve!

Voila! Fini!

This seems like a complicated recipe but once you have the hang of this 2 pot gnocchi dish it is easy peasy! It is not the healthiest of meals but I find if you use minimal oil (dry fry), use half fat creme fraiche and if you add the frozen peas it adds something a little “healthy” to the meal!

Enjoy with a sprinkle of parmesan and a glass of white wine, I like it with a Viognier or a Chablis! However it does also go great with a red wine, I’d recommend Nero di Troia a delicious indulgence from Puglia.

Thank you for reading!

Happy Cooking

Love Natalie x