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You’re not ready for this. You’re just not. Are you sitting down? You better be. CAUSE THESE ARE A BLOODY OUTRAGE!

The brain child of my dear housemate, who regularly spends her time perving on the most ridiculous sugary tweets. I’ve mish-mashed a BBC Good Food and Jamie Oliver recipe here to create these ridiculous creations. 

Salted Caramel Brownies
Serves 15
The BEST brownies I've ever ever made. Honestly. Ridiculous.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
For the brownie mix
  1. 200g unsalted butter, plus a little extra for greasing
  2. 100g dark chocolate
  3. 100g milk chocolate
  4. 200g golden caster sugar
  5. 4 medium eggs
  6. 130g plain flour
  7. 50g cacao powder
  8. 1tsp baking powder
For the salted caramel
  1. 80ml cool water (tap water is fine)
  2. 250g golden caster sugar
  3. 1tsp vanilla extract
  4. 120ml double cream
  5. 25g unsalted butter
  6. Sea salt/ pink Himalayan salt
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a baking tin with baking parchment.
  2. 2. In a separate pan, melt the butter and break in all the chocolate. Turn off (and remove if an electric hob) the heat and stir until the chocolate melts.
3. Make the salted caramel
  1. - Put a medium, non-stick pan over a high heat and pour in the water. Carefully pour in the sugar a little bit at a time and bring it to the boil. Cook until the sugar starts to turn golden brown and all the sugar has melted.
  2. - Once the sugar has melted and bubbles form all over the surface, take the pan away from the heat. Mix the vanilla bean extract into the double cream and carefully pour it into the pan. Whisk in the butter and add a good pinch of sea salt.
  3. - Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  4. 4. Add half of the cooled salted caramel into a bowl with the sugar and eggs, and beat until smooth.
  5. 5. Whisk the chocolate and butter mixture into the caramelly, sugary, eggy goodness.
  6. 6. In another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa and a good pinch of table salt and a tea spoon of baking powder. Then sift this on top of the chocolate mix. Stir in carefully until you have a smooth, glossy mixture.
  7. 7. Pour half of the combined brownie mix into the lined baking dish and smooth until flat.
  8. 8. Pour or spoon a 3/4 of the remaining salted caramel on top of the batter layer. I blobbed it all over for extra gooiness, but feel free to exercise more moderation!!
  9. 9. Pour the rest of the brownie mix on top and smooth it out.
  10. 10. Scatter with a little more sea salt, then bake for 35-40 mins or until risen all the way to the middle with a firm crust on top. These brownies are quite gooey, so don't be surprised if the usual skewer test comes out covered in mix. The brownies should be a bit jiggly when you pull them out.
  11. 11. Let them cool a little and drizzle with the final bit of salted caramel. You should really leave them to cool before eating, but I LOVE them still warm and gooey. You have plenty of time to enjoy them completely set over the next few days!!
Notes
  1. If your baking dish is quite deep, you may need to bake them for longer, likewise if it's quite shallow you will need less time baking. Just keep an eye on the little babies and watch them as they go!
Millie Munch http://www.milliemunch.co.uk/
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So the lovely people at Ahi Poke invited me to come down and try their delicious food. I took the Mr along for a proper taste test – whilst their food is my dream, it’s the sort of thing I’d never dare make for him. 

So we got there… to the most DREAMY and spotlessly clean little cafe (honestly, never seen anywhere so clean, it was amazing!!!). 

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They also had an unbelievable playlist. I could have sat there for hours – definitely a place to while away the afternoon if you’re lucky enough to be able to work wherever you want. 

The Mr went for their Oahu bowl with extra avo (obvs) which was filled with rice, ahi tuna (raw), red onion, radish and coriander with a sesame shoyu dressing (sesame oil and soy sauce). Now, this is a little out there for his taste buds, but he LOVED it. So much so that I’ve had to teach him how to make something similar so he can take it to work!!

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I built my own bowl and went for a quinoa base, kimchi cucumber, pickled ginger, edmame beans, julienned carrot, sliced radish, coriander, extra avo and the sesame shoyu dressing.

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Such a perfect lunchtime treat, I’m genuinely gutted I can’t get it delivered to my office every day. Filling without being bloaty or giving you the afternoon sleepiness. 10/10 guys. And shout out to our lovely server who was just an absolute babe. 

We also tried the pineapple in an earl grey and coconut syrup (which I didn’t get a photo of because we ate it too quick) and it was tasty as heeeellllllll. 

 

So here’s what you’ve all been waiting for… The final result…

Food: 5/5

Service: 5/5

Ambiance: 4.5/5

Overall Total: 4.8/5

 

Where to find them: 3 Percy Street, W1T 1DE 

Website: http://www.ahipoke.co.uk/

Instagram: @ahipokelondon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ahipokelondon

Price: £

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So during my little trip to Amsterdam, myself and the boyf stumbled across Bakers and Roasters on Kadijksplein. 

Me being me, I’d done my research on Instagram and thought it looked worth a visit, but it was genuinely better than I could have thought!

We opted to sit inside, so had to wait for approx 20 minutes for a table, but were given tea and a table outside while we waited. 

We decided to go for  a savoury dish each and share the pancakes (I would advise everyone to do this… and I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t!!) Only complaint was that it didn’t all come at once. I had to wait for my veggie breakfast for about 15 minutes after the other two dishes arrived. So I just had to get started on the pancakes while I was waiting!

So here we go:

Pancakes with banana, berries and golden syrup. Simple, effective and down right delicious! P.s. please spy the tastiest matcha latte I’ve ever had… Couldn’t tell you what almond milk was used, so if anyone finds out PLEASE let me know, I want to recreate at home!

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Next up was the Mr’s green shakshuka – now believe me when I tell you, I honestly can’t believe he ate AND enjoyed this – he’s not the greenest man around, so naturally he had to add bacon! This was spinach, broccoli, baked feta, avocado and lots of other greeny goodness. It was so good, he didn’t even let me try it! So that’s the best review you can get!

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I had the veggie breakfrast which consisted of two organic free-range poached eggs, grilled haloumi, avocado, breakfast potatoes, creamy mushrooms, homemade chilli jam & hot buttered toast. DEEEELICIOUS. 

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So here’s what you’ve all been waiting for… The final result…

Food: 5/5

Service: 4/5

Ambiance: 4/5

Overall Total: 4.3/5

 

Where to find them: Kadijksplein 16, 1018 AC Amsterdam

Website: http://www.bakersandroasters.com/

Instagram: @bakersandroasters

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bakers-Roasters-414174645296968/

Price: ££

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