Anyone who knows me knows how close I am to my wonderful parents. My entire life I’ve been the first to admit that I won the parent lottery with those two, and I have spent most of my existence in awe of how truly wonderful they are.
My mum worked, raised three children, took care of both her dying parents, was a nurse and gave of herself throughout her entire career. And in the years since her retirement, she has dedicated herself to making the lives of the people around her better. Furthermore, my mother doesn’t just care for the people around her; she also helps to run an animal sanctuary where all the lost, neglected and traumatized animals in need are brought to be saved and cared for. My mother doesn’t just make people’s lives better, but animals too.
My mum really is an extraordinary lady so, with each birthday, Christmas, and, of course, Mother’s Day, I do what I can to remind her that she is truly the most amazing mum I could have ever asked for. And part of that is giving her something I know she’ll love, to show her how much I love her.
I’ve learned a few things about my mum in a lifetime of knowing her, and the things she loves; a good British murder mystery, way too much tea and, of course, chocolate.
Now we aren’t just talking about any chocolate; we are talking about a high quality, well made, deliciously decadent chocolate, just like Green & Blacks.
I’ve been a fan of Green & Black’s chocolate for years, and thus, I’ve been sure to send my mother lots of it along the way, making it what may very well be her new favourite brand. I also know she’s just like me and would, while baking, eat a bar herself and then wonder who took it. So I thought that this year I’d send her all the chocolate her heart desires, AND I’d also share my favourite dessert and a couple of great treat ideas to give all of you some options for sweetening up your mum’s day.
So what is the most epic Green and Blacks dessert I’ve made to date and the one thing every mother, father, son, daughter and so on will love? Why, it’s my quadruple chocolate brownies, and here’s how you can make some for yourself and the parental figure in your life this mothers day:
Quadruple Chocolate Brownies
1/2 Green & Blacks Dark 85% cocoa bar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat over to 350 and grab a big bowl for your dry ingredients.
Add sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder in a large bowl, in a smaller bowl include all wet ingredients. Then stir wet into the dry and mix until ready. Once properly mixed shave in the half chocolate bar, mix further, and pout into small loaf sizes cooking the pan, that have been greased up with a bit of butter. This will make it super easy to pop them out once they are cool.
Place in the oven for 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until it’s risen and cracked at the top.
While that’s baking away, you’ll make the icing:
1/2 Green & Black’s chocolate butterscotch bar
3 tablespoons softened butter
2 tablespoons almond milk
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
In a medium bowl add milk, butter, and sugar, while doing that melt the half chocolate bar, and let cool. With a mixer, blend butter, milk, cocoa powder, and sugar until complete. Once that’s done fold in the melted chocolate while mixing and let it sit for 5 minutes.
After 5, place the icing in the fridge for 10 minutes to let it set and become a bit harder, this will make it way easier to spread when it comes time.
Once the brownies have finished baking, take them out and let them cool for 30, take them out of their trays and place them on cooling racks, and let cool for another 30. Once they come down to room temp, ice those babies, grab that dark chocolate bar we used at the beginning and shave some chocolate on top.
Voila, there you have it the perfect brownies to bring to mothers day, for something sweet and special that shows you took the time to make something great for mum.
Now the goodness doesn’t stop there. Think about replacing chocolate chips in cookies with a dark chocolate bar with toffee, or a vanilla cake made with delicious and rich white chocolate, really, the choices are endless, and even if you;re not great in the kitchen, at the end of the day, these bars are so good, you may just want to skip the cooking, and enjoy one with your mum this coming Sunday.
No matter what you do, I hope for your mum’s sake, and yours, it’s a wonderful day, and to all the great mum’s out there including mine, thank you!
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