Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Recipes: Treats with greens

Ever tried chocolate treats with a hint of garden herb? An indulgent brownie with a kale flare? Try these recipes below!

Chocolate and Basil Muffins (see above)

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 17-20 minutes
Makes 12

200g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
125g butter
3 medium eggs
175g light muscovado sugar
1 large pot Basil, leaves chopped
175g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp granulated sugar (40g)
Juice 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 180oC, gas mark 4. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin cases.

Meanwhile, place the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water to melt.

Whisk together the eggs and sugar until pale and thickened, stir in the chocolate and all but 1 tbsp chopped basil. Fold in the flour and baking powder and spoon into the muffin cases.

Bake for 17-20 minutes until just cooked through. Cool slightly.

Mix the granulated sugar with the lemon juice and remaining chopped basil and spoon over the muffins.

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Chocolate Kale Brownies

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35-40 minutes
Makes 12

Kale-Brownies 590

200g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
225g butter, diced
200g pack Kale
225g light brown soft sugar
3 medium eggs
100g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 180oC, gas mark 4. Grease and base line a 22cm square tin.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.

Meanwhile, cook the kale in boiling water for 3-4 minutes, cool under cold water and drain well, squeezing out any excess liquid, then chop.

Whisk the sugar and eggs together until pale, stir in the chocolate mixture and kale.

Mix together the flour and baking powder and fold into the brownie mixture and pour into the prepared tin.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from the tin and cut into 12 pieces.

Cooks Tip

Add extra chocolate chips and raisins to the mix for extra texture.

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