Salty Pretzel Chocolate Brownies

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I’m all for versatility but of all the traybake possibilities, brownies are without any doubt my winner. I’ve been so busy with Made to Orders and other exciting cake projects recently that it’s felt like things have got a little too ‘cakey’ (if that is EVER at all possible).

Don’t get wrong there is nothing wrong with life being too ‘cakey’, if that ever happened I’d be out of a hobby, but sometimes I just feel like that’s all I’m ever baking. So this afternoon I decided to bake for me, and before I knew it, *poof* there were Brownies in the oven, Salty Pretzel Brownies to be precise.

I absolutely love the combination of sweet and salty and I know I’m not alone, so when I made these I literally couldn’t wait to share them with you.

The recipe is super easy, and quick enough to know you can have them made, baked and in your mouth within the hour…if you’re speedy!

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Makes | 16 squares

Preparation time | 15 minutes

Baking time | 35-40 minutes


250g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for pan

200g good-quality dark chocolate chocolate, coarsely chopped

85g all-purpose flour

80g coco powder

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

300g granulated sugar

3 large free-range eggs

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Salty pretzels

Ritz biscuits


Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line a greased 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing 2 inches to hang over sides.

To create the batter, put butter and chocolate in a heatproof medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water and stir until melted.

While this cools whisk together flour, coco powder, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl, and set aside.

Then add the sugar and eggs into the cooled chocolate mixture, whisking to combine. (remember to ensure the chocolate is cool so the eggs don’t begin to cook). Stir in the vanilla then add the flour mixture folding until well incorporated.

Pour into your prepared tin and spread out evenly into the corners. Lay some salty pretzels across the batter (enough to give you a whole pretzel with each slice) then sprinkle broken pretzels and Ritz biscuits all over to fill the gaps. At this stage you are welcome to add as many more salty snacks as you like, just be wary of choosing things that wont burn when baked.

Bake for about 35-40 minutes then let it cool slightly in pan, about 15 minutes. Lift out brownies and let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

Easter Bunny Bark

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It goes without saying that when we hear the word Easter, our minds turn to thoughts of Chocolate. In my case there are no specifics, be it milk, white or dark I have no preference but at Easter fun and colourful are my priority.

Growing up Easter tradition was to get creative, whether this meant Papier-mâché eggs, cardboard Easter bonnets or cupcakes there was always something to be made and I liked it that way. I always intended to keep this tradition going well into my adult life so when I started baking Easter soon became my favourite holiday of the year.

Chocolate Bark is perhaps one of the easiest Easter creations you could ever make and keeping my family tradition in mind I wanted to share this as the perfect opportunity for getting creative with children. These also make the perfect gift option when stacked and wrapped up in cellophane paper and tied with a bow.

Happy Easter baking everyone.

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Makes: 1 slab/approx 10 pieces of bark

Preparation time: 40 minutes


200g milk chocolate

100g white chocolate

1 bag mini eggs

1 bag mini malteser bunnies

20g mini marshmallows

20g mini smarties


Put the milk chocolate and white chocolate into two heatproof bowls and either microwave or heat over pans of bowling water until melted.

Prepare a baking sheet with a piece of waxed paper or a non-stick baking sheet liner. I get mine non-stick liner from Lakeland and its the perfect tool for this and many other bakes such as meringue, cookies and macarons.

Pour the melted milk chocolate onto the baking liner and spread out to around 3ocm by 15 cm. Spoon the melted white chocolate on top and gently swirl it around to create a marble effect.

Decorate as you wish with crushed mini eggs and whole mini eggs, malteaser bunnies, mini marshmallows and mini smarties, then leave in the fridge to set hard for 30 minutes.

Once set break into bark pieces with a sharp knife then pop back in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them.

They don’t last long believe me.

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

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I hope you like your brownies gooey as this recipe gives you exactly that. Those of you on a health kick should glance quickly past the butter, chocolate and sugar quantities as they aren’t recommended for the faint hearted. Then again, the recipe does include cherries so that’s one of your five-a-day, right?

I’m forever searching for the perfect brownie. The battle between too cakey and too wet has always been a struggle to overcome, and while these brownies are perhaps a tad on the gooey side, their chewy edges give you the best of both worlds.

My favourite thing about these though, is the cherries. Not only do they add bite, but they give the tastebuds a break from the dense chocolate flavour in such a complimentary way. Next time I’ll be doing these with fresh cherries for a sour/sweet kick. If you’re a fan of texture, add chopped macadamia nuts or hazelnuts alongside the cherries for extra crunch.

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Baking time: 25 minutes

Serves 12


200g dark chocolate (roughly chopped)
250g unsalted butter
360g caster sugar
60g plain flour
80g coco powder
3 eggs
100g glacé cherries or fresh cherries (with stones removed)


Preheat the oven to 170°C.

Line a 20cm by 20cm non-stick baking tin.

Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and leave until melted and silky.

Remove from the heat and let it cool.

In a separate bowl mix the sugar and eggs together until light and fluffy, then slowly drizzle in the butter/chocolate goodness until well incorporated.

Chop 70g of the cherries into halves and combine the flour, coco powder and baking powder. Add the cherries to the flour mixture and mix well with the wet ingredients until thick and smooth.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin and press into the sides. With the remaining whole cherries carefully place them equal distance apart in 3 lines (Use them to measure how big you want to cut your squares).

Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until flaky on the top but still soft in the centre. When pressed lightly it should bounce so be careful not to overcook otherwise the edges will become hard and crunchy.

Leave to cool completely then cut and enjoy.