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dulce de leche brownies

Dulce, dulce, dulce.

It’s a weakness of mine, it’s true. This is the first post on Millys Mini Kitchen with a DDL theme, but it’s frequently found in my kitchen. I love to pop it into baking- such as brownies or cupcakes, or use it as a filling or topping to something.

But do you know what’s even better? Eating it by itself, with a spoon. Bliss. It’s my guilty pleasure… I’m sure others have worse.

So, I’m sure you’ve heard of dulce de leche. But if you haven’t, well boy are you in for a treat! I swear that once you try it, you’ll be a DDL fanatic like the rest of us.

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marbled brownies

I know, another brownie recipe. But trust me, this is a good one.

I actually made these a few weeks ago, but I’ve been completely preocupied with many things… Firstly sorting out our new flat, which we move into tomorrow (eep!). Then, job hunting. I’ve actually been looking for a new job since April. It’s been… a challenge. I’ve been doing this course which I finished this month, and graduated with a distinction last week. Yay! I was offered a job today, which is great. In the meantime I went on a well deserved holiday last week to Rhodes, Greece. It was great to have a relax (or more like try to relax while I sorted out flat/job stuff)!

Anyway. These went down a treat. I couldn’t stop eating them! The cream cheese on the top gives a nice contrast to the chocolate, while the crunch of the choc chips give a hint of texture. Perfect!

PS. I won’t be updating for a month or so, as we have to wait ages for our phone line to be set up in the new flat. So, while I wait I’ll do lots of baking so I can update lots when I get back. 🙂

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chocolate banana bread

We got the flat! Which comes with pros and cons of course. Pros; we have a bigger, nicer flat and we’re both very excited. Cons? Well, we’re going to have to pay an overlap of a month (£800) as no one has shown any interest in our little flat yet. Also on a stressful note, we have to pay around £2500 tomorrow for the new flat (deposit, month in advance, fees…). Ugh. Estate Agents.

There’s also been an interesting turn of events on the job front. I’ve had some interest from a brand in Dubai. Scary and exciting. Not sure if anything will come of it (or, indeed, if I could actually cope with living in the UAE. Without boyfriend of course.) but I wouldn’t say no to three times my salary over here plus… no tax.

I made this for a special someone, although the dough did not come out chocolately enough. Not sure why, as I put in more cocoa powder than needed… it came out slightly pasty compared to the original recipe. It meant I put in more chocolate, which made up for taste.

The banana gives a slightly moist texture to the bread, while also creating a slight tang to the chocolate bread. It’s good.

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traditional brownie

For me, brownies are difficult to get absolutely perfect. It’s not just the ingredients, it’s the baking time. I’ve been known to not only overcook, but undercook my brownies also. It’s usually just me, being a perfectionist and all! I strive to get the perfect brownie.

The Hummingbird Bakery comes to the rescue with their recipe, which is so simple to make with lots of room to adapt. I brought these in for my last day at college, and people loved them! I personally thought I had undercooked them, but maybe because I popped them in the freezer overnight this could have helped.

I’ve changed the dark chocolate to milk chocolate. This may be too sweet for some, even though i’ve taken a bit of the sugar out, but for everyone they were really good. If this isn’t for you, and you want a bitter edge to your brownie, just change it back to dark chocolate! This recipe can be adapted to add nuts or whatever you want too.

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marzipan

Almonds, marzipan… I think it’s all good. When I found this old post on Smitten Kitchen I knew I wanted to try it as soon as possible. Taking a peek at the ingredients I realised it was going to be easy peasy… it is!

I think this recipe tasted even better than any store-bought-rolled-out stuff. The melted chocolate is a lovely addition, but the recipe is strong enough to eat by itself. I don’t know how long these will stay okay to eat- mine were gone by the next day! But I’m sure they would stay fine in the fridge for a week or so.

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