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Mother's Day Brownies

A brief introduction and a quick round of applause please. Meet Jasper. By day he is our weekend stalwart; manning the Ground Floor counter; restocking; helping customers; doing all the usual shoppy things. By night, he is a singer, guitar player, music afficionado, and, for the purposes of this particular exercise, our resident baker.

Mother's Day Chocolate Brownies

The Brownies

It seems a shame to keep Jasper’s skill all to ourselves. In honour of Mother’s Day he has baked his signature brownies with his very special signature stencil design and we’re sharing the recipe! Jasper came to baking while he was at secondary school, where his mum was the food tech teacher. Next Sunday he’ll be baking Banana Bread with Raisin and Cardamom for her (because she’s probably quite an exacting customer and appreciates something a little unusual). We’re delighted to settle for Brownies.

The Ultimate Brownie Recipe

Ingredients:

 

  • 200g of dark chocolate, chopped up
  • 175g of unsalted butter
  • 325g of caster sugar
  • 130g of plain flour
  • 3 eggs
  • Icing sugar for decoration

Equipment:  

 

Method:

 

  1. - Preheat the oven to 170c / Gas mark 3
  2. - Put the chocolate and butter into a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water ensuring the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the water. Leave until melted and smooth.
  3. - Remove from the heat and add the sugar and stir until well incorporated, then add the flour and mix until completely combined. Finally, add the eggs and mix until thick and smooth.
  4. - Spoon the mixture into the baking tray and use a spoon or spatula to make sure the mix is evenly distributed. Give the tray a few whacks on a hard surface to knock any large air bubbles out.
  5. - Bake for 30-35 mins, The brownies should be flaky / cracked on top. Avoid over baking as the edges become hard and crunchy.
  6. - Leave to cool completely before dusting with icing sugar. A stencil can be used for some extra brownie points (excuse the pun).
Icing of Mother's Day Chocolate Brownies
Icing of Mother's Day Chocolate Brownies
Icing of Mother's Day Chocolate Brownies
Icing of Mother's Day Chocolate Brownies
Icing of Mother's Day Chocolate Brownies

What’s Jasper Getting his Mum for Sunday?


There’s a family trip to Cornwall in the offing so he’s going for Cornwall Weekend Journal, for top tips while they’re on holiday.

What better for a Food Tech teacher than a Braided Rug placemat set. Every dinner table looks better with these.

Jasper’s Mum loves Springcourts.

 

 

A Mini Mother’s Day Playlist


Jasper’s other super power is the art of the playlist. He has been putting a few tunes together for the shop at the weekend and has somehow managed to please the very large majority of the team with his choices (this is no mean feat). Victoria says thank you very much to the boy who plays Sandy Alex G.

These are Jasper’s Top 5 Mother’s Day sounds:

Jasper icing his brownies

* Finn confesses that as she was putting this story together she was eating one of the featured brownies (it was so good that the eating was prioritised over the working).

Make them and you will understand.

 

    1. The Shining – Badly Drawn Boy
    2.  
    3. Better together – Jack Johnson
    4.  
    5. Fingerprints – Hiatus Kaiyote
    6.  
    7. Throw it all away – Zero 7
    8.  
    9. Praise you – Fatboy Slim
The finished Mother;s Day brownies