You might have seen over on my Facebook page or Instagram that I’ve been seriously struggling with spinal issues, including compressed nerves in my legs so I’ve been pretty much bed bound for about a month. You can catch up on a little life update to get the full picture.So the lovely Mel from Life At Number Eleven has stepped in with an amazing guest post to help me out whilst I’m waiting for an update on whether I’ll be needing further spinal surgery.
Mel has recently rebranded her blog from My Little Monkey to Life At Number Eleven and I absolutely adore it. She writes about parenting, photography and some amazing foodie posts. Her recipes are family friendly and just downright mouth-wateringly good!
So it’s over to Mel for this incredible post and a recipe for Creme Egg Brownies that we all need to try!
CREME EGG NOSTALGIA
As a kid I can remember casing our corner shop for the first delivery of Creme Eggs. It was survival of the fittest in the stampede to purchase the first one. Anyone remember Gladiators? The ITV variety not the Russell Crowe one. Anyway the race to the till was reminiscent of taking part in The Eliminator, just with a lot less Lycra.
(For those readers born pre-1985 you need to Google it).
I’m getting all sentimental here as I vividly remember:
The excitement (the delivery day was celebrated even more than when Prince Charles visited our local sports centre)
The delirium (from eating my body weight in spheres of sugary gooeyness)
The desire (knowing that there was a short shelf life to this love affair).
CREME EGG RECIPES
As you can see my love of Cadbury’s Crème Eggs goes way back. So if there is a chance to include one in a recipe I’m all up for it. As it seems are a few million other bakers. Just take a look at these beautiful creations all of which have been tried and tested by Yours Truly.
But my favourite are brownies and here is a simple and delicious Creme Egg Brownie recipe I’d like to share with you.
- 400g caster sugar
- 225g unsalted butter (cut in to small pieces)
- 60g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 225g flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 60g smashed up walnuts
- 5 Creme Eggs (cut in half lengthways)
- First melt the unsalted butter and then add in the ingredients in the order listed all the way down to (and including) the walnut pieces.
- Mix well and pour in to a greased baking tin.
- Place the sliced Creme Eggs on top. Don't push them in to the mixture too much because the brownies do rise slightly and envelope the eggs. You can put as many as you want but I tend to create just nine massive brownies. Which means you have half a Creme Egg left over. A perfect little treat for the chef.
- Cook at 180 C / Gas Mark 4 for 20 - 25 mins. Keep checking on them and pull them out when they are at the consistency you want. Don't forget that they will continue to cook for a while once you have got them out of the oven.
I leave you with this fact. Over 200 million Cadbury’s Creme Eggs are sold in the UK every year. 200 million!! To put that in to perspective there are only 66m of us living here.
That’s an awful amount of eggs and egg enthusiasts.
Enjoy them whilst you can x