This recipe is very simple to make, and it's a real energy booster. Unlike normal chocolate brownie, this recipe has chocolate added in rather than mixed in. Because of the oats, this recipe is also slightly on a healthy side, if you can possibly count brownie recipe healthy at all!
My friend brought this recipe back from a recent trip to America, so the recipe is measured in cups. To be honest, I've started to bake more and more using cups as a measure, and it's surprisingly easy! I can even remember a few recipes without getting the cookery book out.
I've always been interested in traditional confectionery - pretty much all of my life I was on a quest for the perfect sweets, chocolates or bonbons. And I was always fascinated about the process of sweet's making and it was partly the reason why I founded Cocoa & Heartfew years back. All those demonstrations at seaside sweet's shops of how to make a stick of rock got me thinking, that perhaps I could have a go myself. And I did - successfully - made several batches of boiled sweets and now you can have a go too, following my step by step boiled sweets recipe tutorial.
This vegan sourdough pancakes recipe is very easy to make and delicious to eat. The best thing is that you can play around with the recipe depending on what you currently have in your kitchen cupboard. I remember when we didn't have a lot of money, we used to make pancakes with just water, baking soda, sugar and flour - a perfect vegan & cheap version of the traditional pancake recipe.
With this recipe, you can use a leftover sourdough starter (unfed sourdough starter) or an active one, if you want. The only difference is going to be the lightness and fluffiness of your pancakes - the more your sourdough starter is active, the more your pancakes rise. But, since this recipe is intended for your leftover sourdough starter (the bit that you normally discard), I always use an unfed sourdough starter with this recipe.
For the last twenty years, I've been baking my bread using the traditional method of kneading bread dough, leaving to prove twice, shaping it and finally baking it in a standard domestic oven.
But until recently, I've never tried the 'no knead' bread. I have to say, I was a bit sceptical, thinking to myself that if not kneading your dough was the way to go, why would anyone even knead bread dough anymore?
Surely 'no knead' bread can't be as good as the traditional bread? The kneading is essential as it awakens the gluten in bread flour, which is what makes the dough so elastic and holds its shape when your bake it.
If you read my other bread recipes on this blog, you already know that there is a bit of science behind bread baking and every element of the bread baking method has its purpose and reason.
With this in mind, let me finally let you on a little secret!
This is probably one of the easiest chocolate recipes I've ever tried. Quick to make and it taste delicious. If you ever forget a pudding or the children want something sweet, this is the recipe!
Like with many recipes, there are many versions, so I've decided to try few to see which one is the best one (the life of a food blogger is truly hard...). The main difference is whether the recipe includes eggs or not. Both are equally good, but in a different way. The one with egg is richer and slightly softer (it's very close to brownies, but not as gooey).
I have also included one version with a plain flour and one with self-raising flour. I tend to just use whatever I have in the cupboard as I don't want to go shopping every time I run out of one particular type of flour.
To make your own self-raising flour (if you don't have it), use plain flour with with baking powder. To make 225g of self-raising flour (for the second recipe), just add about 1 1/4 of baking powder to 225g of plain flour.
As you can see the first recipe doesn't have any baking powder, but if you want to give the chocolate crunch a bit of a rise, feel free to add some (about 1 1/4 teaspoon should do it).
I was recently re-watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries when in one episode Aunt Prudence gets served a vanilla flummery with passion fruit sauce. It is made as a test dish by Mary (one of the 'wayward girls') who want to be considered for a permanent position at Mrs Stanley's residence.
One should also mention that Mary is heavily pregnant with a child, which complicates matters a bit, but at the end, she does get the job, and Aunt Prudence begrudgingly admits that her flummery was rather good!
This Orange Flummery Recipe is based on a very old fashioned dessert, which was originally popular in Scotland and England in the 18 Century. This pudding is quite a luxury version of the humble flummery which was made from rolled oats.
It's quick to make, but it needs to be set in the fridge overnight. You can serve it as it is, for a light after-dinner treat or add a spoonful of lemon curd or orange sauce to the top and sprinkle with sugar and decorate with chocolate curls or similar.