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30th July - Hangout ideas with girls
1st August - Best 'Chick-Flicks' and how to have the best movie night
4th August - Random acts of kindness for a sista you might not even know
6th August - Laura & Holly's favourite recipes
My Favourite recipe was Chelsea Winter's Triple Chocolate Brownie. It is the easiest brownie i've made and such a crowd pleaser.
MY TIP: Use Cadbury's Top Deck chocolate which already combines milk and white chocolate.
Triple chocolate brownies
1 cup sugar
2 free-range eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
¾ cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup good-quality cocoa
100g good-quality white chocolate, cut into small chunks
100g good-quality dark chocolate, cut into small chunks
Icing sugar to dust (optional)
Whipped cream and berries to serve (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180c conventional. Grease a slice tin, and line the base with baking paper.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Remove from the heat, and whisk in the sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla essence, and whisk to combine. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into the mixture, add the white and dark chocolate chunks, and very gently fold with a wooden spoon or spatula until just combined. Don’t overmix or the brownie will toughen. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes then test with a skewer. These brownies are done if the skewer still has a little of the mixture clinging to it. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin before slicing. Store in an airtight container for a week.
Laura's favourite recipe is this divine White Chocolate & Raspberry Shortcake from Rice & Kai.
White chocolate and raspberry shortcake
1 C caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 C flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder
½ C good quality white chocolate, chopped
200g butter, softened
2 C frozen raspberries
icing sugar to serve
cream to serve
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 22cm square cake pan with baking paper.
Cream the butter and sugar with an electric beater until light and fluffy.
Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.
Fold in the flour and baking powder until well combined.
Press two-thirds of the shortcake mixture into the base of the baking pan.
Spoon the raspberries and chocolate over the base.
Sprinkle the remaining shortcake mixture on top and press down gently.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Cool in the pan.
Serve dusted with icing sugar and accompanied with cream.
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15th August - Favourite books and recap