Bake Days - Vegan chocolate fudge brownies

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Today I'm sharing with you a very simple way of making chocolate fudge like brownies that are vegan and gluten free. I always find myself baking vegan recipes when I have no eggs in the house and to be honest these were the best vegan brownies I've ever made! They have the melt in your mouth crumbly gooey sponge with the crisp top. Mmmm! If you prefer your brownies a little more solid you'll need to cook them longer than the recommended time.

Here's what you'll need -

2 cups gluten free plain flour
2 cups golden caster sugar
3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp gluten free baking powder
a pinch of salt
1 cup water
3/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 25-30 mins
Makes 9-12 squares depending on cut size.

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 180c, then grease your baking tin with a little butter and pop to one side.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder & salt until all combined. Add the vanilla, part of the water and vegetable oil stir into a smooth paste. Keep alternating between the water and vegetable oil until all has been added. It should appear like runny chocolate once all combined.
3. Transfer the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 mins or longer if you want a firmer brownie. It should be ready by the time you see cracks appear on the top. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cut into squares.

By far the BEST vegan brownies to make at home! You could add walnuts if want something with a little crunch or add some glacier cherries for a sweeter texture. Enjoy by itself or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Adapted from this recipe

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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I love Autumn

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A few reasons why I love Autumn -

Seeing all the pretty leaves change colour and decorate the pathway
Laminating leaves I find along the way
Making home made soups and veggie stews
Wearing chunky jumpers/cardigans
Cup of cocoa just before bed
Going for evening strolls and smelling coal fires in the air
Feeding the ducks on a cold day
Cosy date nights in with the husband
Enjoying a bubble bath by candle light and listening to The Middle East
Getting into a freshly made bed and snuggle up with a hot water bottle

I'd love to hear what your favourite season is and why?

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Things I Love - Picks Of The Week

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1. I've been a fan of Sherri Dupree-Bemis artwork for some time now and love this Lonely Red Riding Hood print! Check out her other prints here.
2. This amazing heart arrow ring by Bloody Mary Metal!
3. A pretty lace dress from h&m to add to my collection. You can never have too many dresses!
4. As most of you may know I love everything pastel and I have been on the hunt for some new Christmas decorations. I looked no further than my dear blogger friend Jenny who has just added these beauties to her store! These are my faves 'Jean' starlette, vintage inspired cupcake & vintage inspired houses. Be sure to check out Jenny and Aarons blog here!

Today has been packed full of job hunting, catching up on emails, receiving a surprise package through the post from my dear friend Claire, window shopping in town, Christmas shopping lists and doing a bit of crafting. I'm now catching up on Homeland with my husband Paul. A relaxed evening to the end of a busy day and I'm excited for the next few weeks. We have been invited to a Christmas do at our friends house in a few weeks which we're really looking forward too! Now I just need to find the perfect dress to wear to it and decide how I'm going to have my hair!

I hope your all having a lovely evening!


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Bake Days - Peanut Butter & Jam Cookies

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My husband loves anything that consists of peanut butter and has been nagging me to make him some more of these ones I made so I decided to try something new.  After browsing Pinterest I came across these ones and wanted to give them a go.

What you'll need -

Makes 9

1 free range egg
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (or crunchy if you prefer!)
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
5 tbsp good quality jam, I used strawberry flavour

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 180c and grease a baking tray then place to one side.
2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, sugar, peanut butter, vanilla extract, baking powder and salt. Stir until all combined and it forms into a firm dough.
3. Using a measuring tablespoon, measure out the dough for each cookie and place on the prepared baking tray. Do this until all the dough has been used up.
4. Make a small divert in the centre of the cookie with the back of the measuring spoon, be careful not to go too deep.
5. Scoop 1/2 tsp of your chosen jam and place into the middle of each cookie hole.
6. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they appear brown and cracked then remove from the oven. Let them cool for 10 mins on the baking tray and carefully transfer to a wire rack, cool for a further 10 mins.
7. Serve with a glass of cold milk and enjoy the warm gooey cookies! Nom!

These can be stored in a airtight container for up to 3 days but I don't think they'll be around for long!

Adapted from Simply scratch


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Quote Of The Day

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I've been feeling a little down lately but this makes me smile every time I see it!

Picture taken from my 'Things I Love' Pinterest board

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