Ooey Gooey Speckled Egg Brownies to kick-start the week!

Just in case you’ve been feeling guilty about the weekend’s indulgences, here’s a great recipe to try – Speckled Egg brownies – the perfect way to start the week I’d say… {I’m saying / writing this whilst wiping the crumbs from my mouth… Chuckle chuckle…}

Ok so perhaps this is not the usual guilty-conscience-Monday-get-your-diet-back-on-track type of recipe…

Anyways, here you go: {adapted from Mikey’s in my kitchen}

1 1/4 cup flour
2tbs cocoa powder
1tsp salt
330g chocolate {2/3 dark chocolate, chopped + speckled eggs}
1cup butter, diced
1 1/2cups white granulated sugar
1/2cup brown sugar
2tsp vanilla

Whisk together the flour, cocoa & salt and set aside. In a double boiler {heatproof bowl over simmering water}, melt the butter & chocolate. Once this has melted, turn off the heat and add the sugars. Mix it through and let it melt as much as possible, while getting to room temperature.
Once it’s room temperature, whisk in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla.
Fold in the flour mixture until it’s just incorporated – it doesn’t have to be perfectly mixed, as you don’t want to over mix it.
Pour into a baking pan lined with baking paper {the batter should reach about 2cm} and bake in a pre-heated oven of 175C for 35minutes.

Wait until it has cooled completely before lifting the brownies out of the pan and cutting them. {Resist the urge!}
The result: super ooey-gooey {very} chocolate brownies with a jelly ‘swirl’ running through it.
Have it with vanilla ice cream and a few speckled eggs scattered on top – or just as is!


Some more recipes to look forward to this week:
Thick cut grilled rump steak with halloumi and caramelised onions & tomatoes
Classic roast chicken with garlic, rosemary & lemon
Aubergine lasagna with hidden veggies {a goodie for the kids!}
Chocolate {very chocolatey!} pavlova
Pork stir fry {when last did you actually make stir fry?!}
Pork roast with sweet potato wedges and a killer salad


Salted PB & choc caramel cookies

We’ve been visiting my mom-in-law {she lives on the South Coast in KZN} this past week and it’s been a week now, a week of fun in the sun, until today…
Today was one of those days that just dragged on forever!

It was dreary and grey and windy…
Normally, that would be heaven – lots of book-reading, movie-watching, etc.
Well, not with two little ones running around!
{Oh yes and my husband is off running an ultra-trail-marathon-type-event 3 hrs away… So proud of him – he did SO well today!}

So, I decided to go for a walk with Francois today, while Seb was still napping, leaving him with granny. With Faf all zipped up in his pram, safe from the nippy weather, I headed off on my walk and did about 4 laps around the block, where I know the area and would be safe…

It was quite soothing, with the wind, they grey sky and the sound of the ocean.

While I walked, I decided it’s perfect weather for baking cookies! I headed back home, popped the kids in front of the Tupperware cupboard {thank heavens for Tupperware cupboards = hours of fun!!} and raided granny’s grocery cupboard for the ingredients I needed.

Recipe adapted from My Happy Place {blog}:

You will need:
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 eggs
1/3 cup + 2 tbs golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 5/6 cups flour
1 tsp coarse sea salt + more for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a baking sheet.
Whisk together all the wet ingredients until smooth, then add all the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well combined.
Roll into small balls {you will get 24} and press down gently with a fork. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 10 minutes.

For the caramel:
80g butter
2 tbs cream
1 tbs golden syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp peanut butter
Bring everything, except the vanilla, to the boil in a small saucepan and then let it slowly simmer until the sugar has melted and everything is mixed. Add the vanilla. You need to stir quite vigorously to prevent it from burning.
Let it cool slightly until it’s thickened up a bit and then drop spoonfuls onto the cookies once they’ve come out of the oven.

You get a chocolatey, chewy, peanut butter cookie with just enough caramel to tie everything together nicely. Perfect comfort for a grey day!

Enjoy! X