It’s been awhile since I posted a recipe. This is because A.I’m trying to lose some post-wedding pounds and B.reading has my priority which has been taking up a lot of my free time lately (not that I’m complaining about that!).
I came across this cool gift idea when shopping at a local store. All you need is a weck jar/preserving jar and basically any baking recipe of which most of the ingredients will fit into the jar. I made these walnut caramel cake brownies (which you can’t really call brownies due to the insufficient amount of chocolate), but you can obviously put the ingredients for another cookie or cake recipe in there, based on what you think the recipient is going to love. It makes a great gift to basically anyone who loves to bake, but also to anyone who loves eating cake yet is too lazy to start baking themselves or just plainly sucks at it (we all know someone like that). Just attach a little self-made card and/or a sticker label to the jar with the extra ingredients, baking instructions, and a little personal note on it and you’re good to give an awesomely unique gift to someone!
I noticed it’s almost mother’s day in the UK (ya weirdos, everyone else is celebrating it in May!) and if your mum likes sweet treats, I’m sure she’s going to love this! (beats shower gel/body lotion anyways)
– 100g (3/4 cup) self-raising flour
– 80g (1/2 cup)dark brown sugar
– 50g (1/3 cup) small chunks of caramel**
– 50g (1/3 cup) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips**
– 75g (1/2 cup) chopped walnuts**
– 2 large eggs
– 100g (1/2 a cup) of salted butter
*Please note that these quantities were used to fit into my jar. You are probably going to have to fiddle around with them a bit (read: calculate) to be able to fit into your own jar.
**You can adjust these as well according to your own taste. Want more brownie looking brownies? Add more chocolate. Etc.
– Mix the eggs and butter until smooth
– Throw everything else in the mixer and let it run for a few minutes. Voilà!
– Pour into square baking tin (preferably 15x15cm [6×6 inches], but I used a 20x20cm [8×8 inches] one which also worked fine)
– Put in the preheated oven at 180 °C/ 350 °F and bake for 25 minutes
If I would have to choose a book I’ve recently read which can go with this recipe, I would go for Rarity From the Hollow by Robert Eggleton. This for the simple reasons that there’s a talking walnut tree and a dog named Brownie in there. Also, I was expecting brownies but got walnut cakes instead, which makes it slightly weird to still call it a brownie. Rarity from the Hollow was also a very weird book with an unexpected outcome.