Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Selina Snow Paints Cakes

Just a little apprecation post so that we swoon at artist Selina Snow's amazing paintings.  We have quite a few in our kitchen.  Arent they just good enough to eat?

check out http://www.selinasnow.com/

Monday, 7 November 2011

It's Brownie Time Again!!

So you might have worked out that one of BBG's favourites is... brownies. Yes ok we know they are easy-peasy but we LOVE trying out new recipes and comparing and constrasting...

So this is one from Bill Granger's book, Bill's Basics. They are quite fudgey and rich but not too bitter. We added the white choclate chunks to jazz them up a bit and worked out THE perfect way to bake them, see below...


350g  caster sugar
60g plain plour
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs, lightly beaten
200g unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
200g dark chocolate, chopped
100g white chocolate, cut into chunks

Preheat the oven to 160C. Line a 22cm square baking tin with parchment paper
Line a 22cm square baking tin with parchment paper
Melt the dark chocolate gently over some simmering water

Stir together the sugar, flour and baking powder.
Mix in the eggs, butter and vanilla until well combined.
Pour into the baking tin and then place one white chocolate square every few cm's as shown:

This means they melt into the middle of each brownie square.
Bake for 40 minutes. They are best slightly under-done as they continue cooking when taken out fo the over and the fudgier the better!

Leave to cool slightly in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack. Cut into squares around where the white chocolate squares ahve melted under the surface. Eat immediately!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Toast Time

There's no denying that we beauty girls have rather a penchant for a couple of slices of toast in the morning.  After all, there's nothing better than a slice of freshly baked bread, a slick of butter (slightly salted naturally), and homemade lemon curd. We inherited this recipe from a Grazia Beauty Girl Mummy and it's really rather good. 

zest and juice of 3 lemons
225 g caster sugar
150 g butter
2 eggs
2 egg yolks

Put the zest, juice, sugar and butter into a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
Stir until the butter and sugar have dissolved. Beat the eggs together lightly, and sieve into the lime mixture. Stir continuously, until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Pour into a clean bowl and leave to cool.