Rule #1 when you have a blog and want to publish regularly for your readers. Do not embark on a Master’s degree! One thinks will manage reading, socializing baking and blogging but, one was too optimistic. There come those short rest periods in a one year intensive taught degree one gets to jump on a train and travel to the place which bred a love in baking like no other. When exam period was over recently I visited the lovely Guildford town for a break from Southampton and from anything University related. I wanted to go and see my old town, University, friends and take a really long breath. This could only happen in Guildford, such a peaceful and small town, so beautiful and cultural, it’s impossible for a person not to find peace there.
Just look at it!
The town centre.
The path to Uni that only if you are a Surrey student you are gonna come across.
Steve the Stag.
My favourite avenue 🙂
It is to me just sheer magnificence.
When in Guildford it’s always gonna be a daily trip to Muffin Break for the morning coffee and the muffin special. This time I came upon an M&M’s muffin and followed the next day with a triple chocolate one which I don’t do often but it looked soooooo good! Both were amazing, no doubt about that.
Although it’s been months since I last posted, I did promise that I would bake in Southampton and trust me I have been baking. Dozens of cookies, brownies, chocolate lava cakes, a birthday cake and more cookies. Can’t stay away from cookies. Here’s the proof of my baking skills used wisely according to space and limitations on utensils. I couldn’t bring my stand mixer unfortunately but I did manage to bring a hand mixer and purchased some baking essentials to keep me active. You know all these student essentials which are muffin tins, spatulas, whisks, baking trays etc etc.
Here are the baked goodies that I managed to bake over the course of three months in lovely Southampton and in a student accommodation kitchen.
Lava cakes and Nutella & Smarties brownies. I baked these with a gorgeous friend on what we called a chocolate bake day.
Nutella & Milkybar white chocolate brownies.
Dozens and dozens of Chocolate Chunk Cookies!
A birthday cake for me and the rest of the female population in our little Cypriot family here. All three ladies had birthdays in February and that entailed an epic party and a big cake. And cookies of course!
And finally today’s special, these milk chocolate, chocolate chip brownies.
These brownies were my last creation and the recipe I am sharing with you lot today. I am excited even to the thought that I am finally writing a piece of work acceptably non-academic and one that will not be graded for a change. If you must know though, my masters is lovely. Learning about the Web is as fascinating as it sounds. It does bear ups and downs but the chin is up. I am doing great. Being in the UK is in general great. Now getting to also visit Guildford, good Lord that beats all the odds. My beautiful little village always loved and always missed. Southampton will eventually grow in me like so I am sure, I already adore it and I am having undoubtedly some of the best experiences in my life. And I say this in the midst of trying to acquire a Masters degree! An interdisciplinary one!
We’re back! Chocolate chip brownies. Chocolate in chocolate, a divine mixture for chocolate lovers. I used milk chocolate instead of dark to make these because I wanted to create something on a sweeter note this time.
You can tell from their colour that the chocolate used is not dark indeed. If it was these brownies would be a lot darker in colour.
As I’ve previously mentioned I like a brownie to be as dense as possible and this is achieved here as you can see from the centres of the brownies.
If you look closely you can also see the chocolate chips here which I thought would be a great addition for creating different textures throughout the brownie.
I left some chocolate chips to decorate the tops of the brownie and went even further in adding some white and dark chocolate sprinkles just to make it look more fun. Also because I always go overboard when I can in baked goodies. The sprinkles actually added an extra layer of texture and the whole experience comprised of too much chocolate and three different textures in each brownie bite.
I made these for my colleagues as a motive to get us all in a group study for brainstorming ideas and helping each other on exams. Well they were certainly a positive fuel that run out quickly and I am certain we all did well in that exam. We are in general a smart cohort!
This is my piece. Or at least one of many I had…
And here’s the recipe for you.