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Recipe – Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Brownies

Even writing the title for this recipe makes me want to take a bite from one of these brownies! I have really lost my baking mojo recently so wanted to get back into it with something really delicious.

Whilst these are essentially chocolate brownies, they have an indulgent swirl of dulce de leche caramel running through them and the crunch of hazelnuts which are one of my favourite nuts to bake with.

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Ingredients

200g of dark chocolate

180g of butter

About 400g of dulce de leche

150g of hazelnuts

50g of vegetable oil

A generous teaspoon of sea salt

3 eggs

250g of light brown sugar

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

200g of self-raising flour

50g of ground almonds

How to make it

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C/ Gas Mark 4
  • In a large bowl, add the chocolate, butter and vegetable oil
  • Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir well until the contents have melted and form a lovely glossy mixture

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  • Set aside and allow to cool
  • In a food processor, blitz 100g of the hazelnuts to a fine powder – keep the remaining 50g whole

  • In a separate bowl, mix together the dulce de leche, hazelnuts (the whole and blitzed up ones) and the sea salt

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  • In a mixer, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract
  • Pour in the chocolate mix followed by the flour and ground almonds
  • In an ovenproof tray, line with baking paper then spoon in the chocolate mixture

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  • Add the dulce de leche mixture on top and with a chopstick or the end of a spoon, marble the two mixtures together.

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  • Bake for 35 minutes

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These are lovely cold but my favourite way of serving the brownies is to slightly warm them then add a scoop of coffee and a scoop of salted caramel ice-cream…delicious!

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Sunday Summary #30

Life

I only have one week to go until the summer break and I am pretty much in holiday mode now! We’ve had a few nice sunny days too which feel long overdue.

This weekend, we went on a lovely country walk near our village and apart from a dangerous dash through some stinging nettles (!) it was great!

Last night we watched Everest and I loved it. I love a good natural disaster film and this was gripping.

I have been really enjoying this book although I can’t help but feel so sad and angry when I read about how badly women are treated in Afghanistan.

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Whilst everyone – including Ian – seems to be losing their mind over the new Pokemon app, I have fallen for the Prisma app. Based on famous paintings, it gives a cool twist to photos.

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Finally, my job for today was to clean out my car. Not the most fun task but I filled 2 bin bags full of rubbish and I found £3.44 and a necklace I thought I had lost!

Food

I always think that the more colourful your plate is, the healthier it is so I roasted a huge tray of veg this week.

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I also cooked tuna steaks – one of my favourite fish to eat.

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After dinner, I have been having a small bowl of this coffee ice cream. It reminds me of Baileys without the alcoholic taste and is a lovely way to end a meal.

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We went out for dinner this week. As it was a nice evening, we stopped by the canal for drinks and I ordered a Fruli. I drank this strawberry beer when I was at uni and it really reminded me of my student days. We ate at Smokey’s, an American-style restaurant and, of course, I went for ribs!

Finally, I baked this week…salted caramel and hazelnut brownies.

I may have had a little slice for my breakfast this morning too!

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Beauty

I have three beauty favourites to share this week. Firstly, a bright coral pink lip gloss from NYX in the shade Peach Cobbler.

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On my eyes, I have been applying this cream eyeshadow from Calvin Klein in the shade Cashmere Plum. It gives a lovely sweep of shimmery pink and lasts surprisingly well.

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Finally, I rediscovered this beautiful marble blusher in the back of my drawer. This is Corallina by Milani and has a pretty golden shimmer running through it.

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Fashion

Loving the bandana trend to hide a bad hair day…

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I wore these silk trousers to work the other day and felt to summery…I love this print!

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I also made a little La Redoute order in the sale. The other half of it hasn’t arrived yet but here is a sneak peek of some of the footwear I ordered.

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