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Hummingbird Bakery Brownies

Hummingbird Bakery brownies | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

It seems the humble chocolate brownie is experiencing something of a moment in the blogging world, as I’ve seen several delicious-looking recipe posts recently! Becca gave hers an Easter twist, and Sophie combined brownies with creme eggs – how good do they look!?

I find baking quite theraputic, particularly on Sunday evenings. It’s calming, takes my mind off the pre-Monday blues and it results in plenty of sweet 3pm treats for the week ahead. My go-to is baking a batch of The Hummingbird Bakery brownies. They’re simple to make, rich in flavour and ridiculously gooey.

My twist on the recipe uses half unsalted butter, half Stork (it’s a throwback ingredient to the days when my mum and I used bake together every weekend) and while this recipe is for traditional brownies, I sometimes like to add in broken up Kinder bars, Oreos or even peanut butter, for that sweet/salty taste.

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Hummingbird Bakery Brownies

  • 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 100g unsalted butter + 75g Stork
  • 325g caster sugar
  • 130g plain flower
  • 3 (medium) eggs
  • Optional extras: 6 crushed Oreos, 4 roughly chopped Kinder bars (or eggs, what with it being Easter weekend and all) or 2 table spoons of peanut butter

Preheat your oven to 170°c and line a 16in x 16in baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Put the chocolate, butter and Stork in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and leave until melted. Crack your three eggs into a separate bowl and whisk until smooth.

Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. Add the flour until well incorporated and then add in the egg mixture. Use a spatula to remove any mixture clinging to the side of the bowl and stir until all mix is thick and smooth.

If you’re using any optional extras, pour half the mixture into your lined baking tray and evenly spread your Oreos, Kinder chunks or peanut butter across the brownie mix, before pouring the rest of the mixture on top.

Place in the oven. The official HB recipe says to cook for 30-35 minutes but I bake mine for 25 minutes for a gooey finish. Leave to cool completely before turning out onto a plate – paper doily optional!

These brownies are so tasty and the perfect cure to mourning the end of a four day weekend. Have you tried any Hummingbird Bakery recipes? If you have a brownie recipe you swear by let me know in the comments below.

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

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  • Baking. On Sunday evening I attempted baking a three tier carrot cake (it is a was a thing of beauty and I may well post the recipe up here, just so I can share more photos…) which was insanely tasty. I also made some love heart biscuits for a hen do in lieu of bringing champagne, as my wallet is already pretty empty this month, which went down will with the bride-to-be. It went less well for my kitchen, however, which is now covered in a Jackson Pollock style work of chocolate splatters…
  • My Oxfam Fashion post on washing vintage clothing was published this week, and got lots of you commenting on hand washing and caring for vintage clothes. If you haven’t stopped by already, please read the post and add your comments – I’d love to know if you find hand washing as much of a chore as I do!
  • A review of the Diana Vreeland documentary, The Eye Has to Travel, also appeared on the blog this week, and it’s well worth a watch if you’re interested in fashion photography or publishing. If you don’t trust my judgment, check out another review on Clothes on Film, a site which I stumbled across recently and adore for its fashion/identity take on film reviews and news.
  • Exploring Bristol. I spent Saturday on a solo meander around Bristol and loved it. First up was a mini facial at Neal’s Yard Remedies on Whiteladies Road, then I went window shopping on the Clifton Triangle and Park Street, before heading to the Here gallery on Stokes Croft for the opening of the Mythical Creatures exhibition. The weather was fair, and it was just a really nice (and free!) way to spend the day. I look forward to more such wanderings as spring creeps in…

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Chocolate Oreo cakes

  • Chocolate Oreo cakes. This week I’ve been rather under the weather with a cold and took a couple of days off to sleep and generally feel sorry for myself. With my down time I decided to do a spot of baking and these chocolate Oreo-sprinkled fairy cakes were the result. Half muffin, half made up as I went along, they, plus a few fashion magazines hit the spot in cheering me up.
  • Blogger meet. On Friday I joined Hayley, Gina, Selina and Christina in welcoming back the lovely Niki, who is back for a few weeks from Bangalore, where she moved earlier this year. We met at The Birdcage, a former bank on Clare Street that has been converted into a cafe, bar and vintage clothing shop all rolled into one for a gossip and a chat about blogging, babies and cheese. It was lovely to see everyone and meet Selina and I’m looking forward to seeing Niki again when she comes back for a visit in March.
  • Fashion Friday. This week I got around to posting about Fashion Friday, the show I attended at The Station a couple of weeks ago. It was great to see local teens and Bristol’s independent designers come together to put on an exciting show to open the new venue. You can read more about it here and see photos of Puckoo Couture, Shop Dutty and Fix Up Look Sharp here.
  • The name’s Bond… This RTW post is coming a little earlier than normal as I’m off to have a roast dinner with friends and see the new James Bond film, Skyfall this afternoon– can’t wait! Do you have any film recommendations? I still haven’t seen The Perks of Being a Wallflower so that’s next on my list…

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Rock The Week

It’s a day later than usual as I spent a looong day in Birmingham for work yesterday, but here are a few fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Burberry-Prorsum A/W12

Burberry-Prorsum A/W12 - want, want, want!

  • LFW coverage. I couldn’t make it to London and although I’m gutted I missed out on the buzz of shows, style-spotting and Somerset House, I’ve had countless sources of info to ensure I haven’t missed out. Namely The LFW Daily, jewellery designer Fred Butler’s blog and the fab Disneyrollergirl.
  • Stickified Goo Goo. I’ve mentioned this Rice Krispies delight on the blog before, and I made some again as an alternative birthday cake for a friend. Making it was a bit of a disaster but my friend was chuffed to bits, hurrah!
Stickified Goo Goo

Stickified Goo Goo

  • Latin American delights. Going out to Las Iguanas for a friend’s birthday meal was awesome, and not just because we took full advantage of the 2-4-1 offer on cocktails! I got to see friends from uni that I haven’t seen in yonks, plus I discovered the best venue in Bristol for sweet potato fries*, which beats my pathetic attempts in the kitchen, hands down.
  • Longest ever run. On Tuesday I took part in Sweaty Betty’s Get Fit For Free event up on the Downs and ran just under eight miles – my longest run so far. The Bath Half is only a few weeks away now, so every mile (or almost mile) counts!

*but if you know a better venue then fess up!

What has been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below….


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