Brownies Lessons Learnt Journal (2)

One of my fondest childhood memories was time in the kitchen with my Mum. She used to make these awesome homemade steamed Chinese pork buns and let us have a go, working with the dough and filling. I almost forgot how powerful those moments were; until in a recent birthday interview, one of my sons said his favourite thing to do with Mummy was to make pancakes. Aww – made my heart melt… (and I have a recording of it, yay!)


This fail-proof brownie recipe is just as easy as making pancakes. All the ingredients are usually in our kitchen, and my kids may possibly love making these brownies even more than pancakes, (brownies are a treat, so we don’t make it as often as we make pancakes). Whenever I’m after a kids activity that’s guaranteed to have everyone smiling, baking brownies are it!

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I’m delighted to be sharing this recipe as part of the 100 Days of Play Blog Hop co-hosted by Sun Scholars and Life at the Zoo. It combines 100 blogs from around the world and 100 days to showcase simple ways to play.


Brownies Recipe:



150 g dark chocolate chunks
100 g butter
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup walnuts (I usually don’t include these, but they are yummy!)
20cm x 20 cm baking tin



Preheat oven to 185C.
In a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, melt chocolate & butter until smooth. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs and sugar.
Add vanilla essence.
Sift flour & baking powder into egg mixture.
Add walnuts & mix lightly to combine.
Fold in chocolate mixture.
Pour mixture into lightly greased tin or tin lined with baking paper. (Clean your mixing bowl, as you would/should).

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Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes.
Let the brownies cool in the tin, before cutting into squares.
Sprinkle brownies with icing sugar.

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Serve / devour.

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E: 2years, 6 months
December 2012


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About the author

Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.

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