Caitlin and I were chatting the other day about our baking disasters. While I can only count two, she has too many to remember. Baking has just been my thing for a long time. But I don't stray from the recipe. Which is key when baking, following recipes precisely.
So I was kind of surprised when my sister announced she had become a Your Inspiration at Home consultant. In our family, she's the least bakey person in the world, even less interested than my mum. But in a total cliche move, being married has seen her investing more time in the kitchen (or maybe being out of work at the same time, but it sounds better if I give her a dig), and she's been learning to bake and cook.
I've got a cupboard full of herbs and spices and chocolate powders and things to explore (if you're interested, it is totally worth hosting a party, even $250 worth of sales adds up to lots of host product!) which means stepping out of my comfort zone and actually modifying recipes. So far everything I've tried has been hugely successful, but biscuits and brownies are easy, the real test will come when I start adding herbs and spices to dishes.
The first product I tried was the Salted Maple chocolate powder. And these Turkish Delight brownies from Picklebums are tried and tested in our house, so I knew they would be easy to convert.
110g butter, melted
1/2 cup choc powder
1/2 cup sugar
1tsp maple extract/vanilla extract*
3/4 cup self raising flour
- whisk butter and chocolate powder until smooth
- add sugar, eggs and extract, whisk until smooth
- add flour, mix gently until blended
- pour into greased pan. bake 180°C for 20min
* I found maple extract on eBay a couple of years ago, but vanilla works well.