Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Christmas Chocolate Cranberry Brownies

Christmas Chocolate Cranberry Brownies

Have a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!

175g unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate
75g cooked cranberries
75g sifted cocoa powder
100g sifted plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
300g caster sugar
4 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade (Gas Mark 4) and line a 20cm x 30cm baking tin with greaseproof paper.

Melt the butter and the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, mixing gently until smooth. Stir in the cranberries, then remove the mixture from the heat.

Separately, mix the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and sugar. Add this mixture to the other, then stir until it’s all combined well.

Beat the eggs, then mix those in too.

Pour the brownie mix into the baking tin, and place in the oven for around 15 to 20 minutes.

After removing the brownies from the oven, allow them to cool in the tray for half an hour before turning them out onto a chopping board and cutting into squares.

This recipe is originally from the BBC's Countryfile Christmas
Picture of finished brownies from BBC website

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Soft Grey Circular Scarf

Printable PDF version download

This chunky circular scarf is knitted in the round on a circular needle using and purl stitches.

Size and gauge
Approximately 60 cm (24 inches long) x 17 cm (7 inches) wide . Gauge approx.8 stitches over 10 rows.

Cast on, cast off, knit, purl stitches.

x5 balls Stylecraft Twirl slate grey

Instructions (Download printable PDF version download

  • Cast on 85 stitches using size 15 mm curcular needles.

  • Place maker, be sure to start with all stitches in line inside the ‘ring’ and not twisted.

  • Join in the round.

  • Row 1; k

  • Row 2 & 3; p

  • Row 4 – 8; k

  • Row 9 & 10; p

  • Row 11; k

  •  Cast off. Weave in all loose ends with blunt tapestry needle.

  • TIP. Join new balls at or near the marker, this will be the centre back of the scarf and will help keep all woven ends to this area.