These are the best milk chocolate brownies
Ah, brownies. My default quick dessert if the kids deserve a treat or if the husband just wants something sweet. These double chocolate brownies are delicious and really easy to cook.
This brownie recipe is so easy to make, has a soft middle but crusty top, like all good brownies should have. They have chocolate chunks in them and are gooey inside.
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Budget recipes from scratch
If you’ve never cooked from scratch before then it can seem overwhelming at the start. Cooking from scratch can really save you money.
Food shopping is the main way to start saving money and meal planning is a big part of that.
If you are new to meal planning then start by getting a pen and pad or even Notes on your phone. Sit down with the family and talk through everything you are going to eat this week. That’s all meals, snacks, and drinks.
Remember that if you have any activities that mean you may be coming home late, that those days may need quick and easy meals.
Use our post here on 17 Meal Planner Boards That Will Help You Reduce Your Food Bill This Month to find the perfect meal planner for you.
Our Ultimate Guide to Food Shopping on a Budget post here will talk you through how to meal plan and plan your shopping list.
Buying value ranges is a great way to save money. You don’t have to buy everything fresh either. Use cans or frozen food to make cooking your meals quick and easy.
Start by buying the lowest range items first and slowly work your way up depending on if you liked the product taste or not.
You don’t need to buy all your fruit and vegetables fresh. Think about buying them frozen. Not only does it work out cheaper, it means that they won’t go off.
Have a look at our full list of The Ultimate £1 Per Head Budget Meal Planning List here. These will help you to find cheap meals.
The ultimate chocolate brownies
It’s best served warm, but I’ve let it cool and kept it for three days in an air-tight container.
The original recipe says it serves 20, but the below provides 10 smaller picnic pieces or 4 decent-sized pieces for adults for dessert.
The fab thing about this recipe is that you can change chocolate flavors really easily without it affected the texture, plus, you can’t over mix it, so it’s perfect for the kids when they want to help too.
They take about five minutes to make and twenty minutes to cook in the oven for that soft, warm, gooey goodness.
100g caster sugar 19p
100g brown sugar 20p
113g butter 72p
30g cocoa powder 30p
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5p
2 large eggs 16p
113g plain purpose flour 6p
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 5p
1/2 teaspoon salt 2p
70g chocolate chips 65p
Total: £2.40 that’s 60p each for 4 people.
We use an electric mixer but you can hand whisk if you prefer.
Start by adding the caster sugar, brown sugar, and butter to the electric mixer. Whisk until the butter is creamed.
Then add the cocoa powder, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix until all combined.
Sieve in plain flour, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips. Mix in until the brownie is gooey and sticks to a spoon. Like a dropping consistency.
Cover a baking tray with grease-proof baking parchment. I normally use a small tin with a high lip, around 30cm by 20cm.
Bake at 180C or Gas mark 4 for 20 to 25 minutes. It’s ready when the top has crusted slightly.
Serve straight away with ice cream or let cool at room temperature and cut into small rectangles for bite-size portions.
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To everyone saying their brownie turned out like cake, I’m afraid you’re over baking. Brownies are the only thing you should remove from the oven when the middle isn’t fully cooked, this gives you the gooeyness. I normally poke the middle of the brownie with a knife to see if it’s cooked. If there’s brownie on the knife, and the top looks done, then remove and serve.
If you enjoyed this post and would like some more family friendly budget recipes or meal plan ideas, then head over to the budget food section here on Savings 4 Savvy Mums where you’ll find over 30 cheap posts dedicated to helping you cook and shop wiser for less. There’s enough tips to help you save over £300 a month! You could also pop over and follow my family food Pinterest boards for lots more ideas on how to eat well and spend less; Family Meal Plans on a Budget, Budget Family Meals & Budget Slimming World Recipes for Families.
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