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AUTHENTIC AMERICAN BROWNIES

This family and friends favourite is quick and easy to make.

1/2 cup oil (I use Rice Bran oil)
1 cup sugar
1 teasp. vanilla essence
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsifted plain flour
3 heaped tablesp. cocoa powder
1/4 teasp.baking powder
1/4 teasp. salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Blend oil, sugar and vanilla
Add eggs, mix well using a wooden spoon
In a separate bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt
Gradually blend into egg mixture
Stir in nuts if desired
Spread into a lined slice tin
Bake at 180 degrees for 25 minutes or until brownie begins to pull away from the edges of the tin
Cool completely and lift out with the liner, turn onto a board and cut into squares (12 pieces)
DO NOT CUT IN TIN

Advise: Make a double lot as I bet you will be asked for more
They keep well in the freezer. Great stand by

Watch them disappear, Annelies


BLUEBERRY / RASPBERRY AND LEMON FRIANDS

Now that the colder temperatures are here, us “Bakers” enjoy getting into the kitchen and produce delicious cakes, muffins scones etc. much appreciated by family and friends. Looking for something different? These Friands might do the trick.
Friands are the French way of making muffins except that they are oval and made with almond meal.
They can easily be made in a muffin tin.
Here is a French recipe.

175 g unsalted butter
1 cup almond meal (or ground almonds, skin on)
1 tablsp. Finely grated lemon rind
1 + 2/3 cup icing sugar, sifted
5 tablsp. Plain flour, sifted
5 egg whites whipped
Berries for on top
Extra icing sugar

Melt butter over low heat and cook till it is a very light golden colour.
Place almond, lemon rind, icing sugar and flour in a bowl and mix till combined.
Add melted butter and mix in.
Add whipped egg whites, mix in till combined.
Pour mixture into a lined Friand tin or medium muffin tin.
Place a few berries on each, or ½ teasp. berry jam
Bake in preheated 200C oven for 15 minutes or until golden and springy to touch.
Take out of the liners and cool on a wire rack.
Dust with extra icing sugar.
Makes 12
HAPPY MUNCHING ANNELIES


5 MINUTE WHIP UP CAKE, NO EGGS NO BUTTER

INGREDIENTS
1 Cup of SR flour ( I use Wholemeal)
1 Cup of oats ( I use Coles organic)
1 Cup of sugar ( I use brown sugar)
1 Cup of fruit (mixed dried, apricots dried, dates etc)
1 Cup of milk
1 teasp. vanilla essence

Mix all dry ingredients, add milk and vanilla.
Pour into lined loaf or slice tin.
Mod. oven (150C). Time depends on the tin you use.
From 1/2 to 1 hour. Check occasionally with a skewer.
FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL:
Use half flour, half almond meal ( you can grind your own,
leave the skin on).
Soak a cup of dried apricots for a few hours, cut up finely.
Dissolve a rounded tablespoon of apricot jam into the milk

This recipe allows you to use your imagination to the full
You can add nuts, coconut, no jam but a liqueur

I love dates and coffee. soak dates in the milk
Use coffee extract or essence instead of vanilla

Just experiment, the possibilities are endless

REMEMBER: THE BASIC RECIPE IS VERY NICE


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