Cooking with Chocolate! 6th September

For our Cooking with Chocolate activity on Friday we made delicious Vegan Brownies!

It was a stunning afternoon and many students had all ready left campus to go enjoy the beach..

But that just meant more brownie for those lucky students who were still around!

We all worked as a team, following the below recipe:

  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 200g dark chocolate (dairy free if you want to make it vegan)
  • 170g of self-raising flour
  • 3 heaped teaspoons of cocoa powder
  • 180g golden caster sugar
  • 230ml coconut milk
  • 200g raspberries
  • 200g walnuts

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Grease a square baking tin (roughly 20cm) with a little oil, then line with greaseproof paper.
  2. Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn’t touch the water. Break 150g of chocolate into the bowl and allow it to melt, then set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar. Stir in the oil, milk and melted chocolate until combined.
  4. Chop and stir in the raspberries, remaining chocolate and most of the nuts reserving a few for the top. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle over the remaining walnuts, then place into the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked on the outside, but still gooey in the middle.
  5. Leave to cool for around 5 minutes, turn out onto a wire cooling rack.

This was a simple recipe to follow that could be easily adapted with different chocolate, nuts or fruit depending on your taste.

After 25 minutes in the oven, our patience had worn thin and we could no longer wait for our chocolate fix. The brownie was still a little bit gooey in the middle, but nobody seemed to mind.  😀

I am all ready looking forward to making these brownies again, they were delicious!

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Cooking with Chocolate! May 23rd

Yesterday afternoon we all managed to give ourselves a belly ache by over indulging on the chocolate treats that we created.

We started off by making chocolate brownies following this simple recipe:

Ingredients

  • 125 g butter
  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup plain flour

Recipe

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.
  • Stir in sugar, cocoa, vanilla and salt.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Quickly whisk in eggs.
  • Fold through sifted flour.
  • Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined 18 x 28cm slab tin.
  • Bake at 170C for 25-30 minutes.
  • The mixture will seem soft but will harden on cooling.
  • Allow to cool in tin before removing.
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Tallita enjoying cleaning up, a little bit too much.

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We also decided to give chocolate chip biscuits a go. All was going well..

Until it was time to take them out of the oven..

Something had gone slightly wrong and we had managed to create one giant cookie pancake.. HAHAHA!

Luckily it still tasted delicious and we all managed to laugh at our epic fail.

With the left over chocolate, we made MORE chocolate biscuits that we shared with everyone in the student kitchen.

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What an absolutely delicious afternoon. I hope you have all recovered from the belly aches and sugar highs!

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Cooking with Chocolate! (morning) February 20th

On Thursday morning we all met in the kitchen at 11.30am for this months cooking activity – chocolate brownies!

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Our ingredients included: flour, caster sugar, cocoa powder, coconut oil, coconut milk, organic dark chocolate, raspberries and walnuts. We adapted our recipe so that it is also suitable for vegans 🙂

The first thing we did was preheat the oven and prepare the baking tray, followed by combining the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Next, we melted the chocolate in a bowl, over some hot water so it was ready to add to the mix of flour, sugar, coconut oil, milk, raspberries and nuts.

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How tasty do these raspberries look in the chocolate? 😀

All ready for the oven! (Our tray was too big so we had a genius idea to make it smaller – using some tin foil to build a little wall 😀 )

After waiting patiently for 25 minutes, our brownies were ready…

The result? DELICIOUS! 😀

For full instructions on how to make these delicious brownies, see Claire’s blog from the afternoon brownie makers here.

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach

Cooking with Chocolate – Vegan Brownies! 20 February

For our Cooking with Chocolate activity we made delicious Vegan Brownies!

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We all worked as a team, following the below recipe:

  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 200g dark chocolate (dairy free if you want to make it vegan)
  • 170g of self-raising flour
  • 3 heaped teaspoons of cocoa powder
  • 180g golden caster sugar
  • 230ml coconut milk
  • 200g raspberries
  • 200g walnuts

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Grease a square baking tin (roughly 20cm) with a little oil, then line with greaseproof paper.
  2. Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn’t touch the water. Break 150g of chocolate into the bowl and allow it to melt, then set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar. Stir in the oil, milk and melted chocolate until combined.
  4. Chop and stir in the raspberries, remaining chocolate and most of the nuts reserving a few for the top. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle over the remaining walnuts, then place into the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked on the outside, but still gooey in the middle.
  5. Leave to cool for around 5 minutes, turn out onto a wire cooling rack.

We adapted it slightly by guessing how much of each ingredient to put in, rather than measuring it! We may have been slightly overgenerous with the sugar…

While we patiently waited the 25 minutes for them to bake in the oven, Maria entertained us by taking over the Happy Travels desk. I think selling travel could definitely be a future career for her!

After the timer went off we eagerly took the brownies out the oven and sat down to tuck in…

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Much to our disappointment they were still very gooey in the middle. A few of us (myself included!) were so desperate for our chocolate fix that we were happy to eat them as they were, but the majority voted that we be patient and put them back in the oven for a further 15 minutes!

Back to passing the time we went…

Until they were ready 🙂 🙂 and definitely worth the wait!!

 

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

RSPCA Cupcake Day 1 – Pre-Intermediate

Today we had the first of our bake sales to raise money for the RSPCA Cupcake Day: https://www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au/

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The RSPCA is a charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. Throughout August they are encouraging people to have a Cupcake Day to raise money to help the animals that come into their care.

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Rather than just the one day, we are having four!! Each of our General English classes will have their own day to raise the most money, with Friday being the turn of Lexis staff!

The class that raises the most money will be treated to a beach picnic as part of their lesson on Friday!

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First up we had Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class, who made delicious brownies and decorated them with pink ribbon and cute dog stickers!

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Well done Pre-Int, you raised $51 so far!! Remember you can still donate until Friday! 🙂

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.