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I’ve seen mentions of the “Fairy Hobmother” from Appliances Online before, but hadn’t really paid attention until I recieved an email after commenting on Becs blog post about stroopwafels. She was sent a voucher for Amazon and bought a stroopwafel maker. Stroopwafel. Strooooooooopwafel. Its a satisfying word to say, and a very satisfying thing to eat. There is a Welsh company called Tregroes that makes them in the UK, I ate SO many when I was at uni, but now I live the other side of the border, they’re not so easy to find (although Waitrose sells the individual ones. YAY WAITROSE I LOVE YOU)

Ahem. Waffle tangents. With my voucher, I thought it would be a good idea to build up my baking collection – I don’t seem to have much to bake with, only to make fairy cakes. I can’t remember where this recipe came from, but its pretty bloody good.

  • 115g butter (plus a bit more to grease the pan)
  • 115g chocolate (broken up)
  • 300g caster sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 140g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100g chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180ºC / 350ºF / Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 7 inch square cake tin.

Place butter and chocolate in a saucepan and stir over a low heat until melted. Think about how wrong it would be to taste this butter/chocolate goo. Manage to resist.

Remove from the heat, then stir until smooth and leave to cool slightly.
Stir in the sugar, salt and vanilla extract. The sugar (unsurprisingly!) really starts to thicken this up.
Add the eggs, one at a time, and stir until blended.

Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the mixture and heat until smooth. There is no good way to take a photo of sifting flour.

Stir in the chocolate chips. Mmmmmm. I put some white chocolate, lumps of Dairy Milk and some of those Caramel Nibble things in.

Oooooooooh. Wipe the dribble off your keyboard.

Pour into the tin. Clean up by licking the bowl and spoon.

Bake in the preheated oven for 35 – 40 mins until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out almost clean. Leave to cool slightly (or until you can’t resist any more)


I’d love to hear what your favourite recipes are…perhaps the Fairy Hobmother is listening in…

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