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Triple Chocolate Brownies with Marshmallow Ghosts

triple chocolate ghost brownies easy halloween bake with kids

My friend’s recent virtual baby shower left me craving brownies after she received not one but two packs of Gower Kitchen Brownies. So obviously I had to make my own the next time I had the slightest excuse, cue these death by chocolate but very cute at the same time ghost brownies that the kids and I made for Halloween. They were a really easy Halloween bake with kids, but at the same time looked pretty cool on the table for a Halloween party.

Ingredients

185g butter

185g dark chocolate (I used 70% cocoa)

3 eggs

275g caster sugar

85g plain flour

40g cocoa powder

50g white chocolate

50g milk chocolate

White marshmallows

Edible pen/icing

Red food colouring

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 and grease and line a brownie tin/rectangular baking tray
  2. Melt the dark chocolate and butter together over a very gentle heat (I used a double boiler method with a plastic mixing bowl and a saucepan of boiled water) you want it to melt but without getting it so hot that it burns, or retains it’s heat and knocks the air out of your egg mixture. Chop the white and milk chocolate while you wait.
  3. Cream together the eggs and sugar until they’ve fluffed up to double their original size, an electric whisk makes short work of this.
  4. When the eggs are fluffy and the chocolatey butter has cooled, fold these gently together until they have a uniform colour.
  5. Sieve and fold the plain flour and cocoa powder into the butter mixture, then stir through the chopped milk and white chocolate.
  6. Tip all of this in your cake tin and bake for 20-30 mins (depending on your tin size, keep checking until you’re happy that it’s cooked through) then allow to cool completely.
  7. When the brownies have cooked and cooled completely, remove them from the tin and cut into squares.
  8. Using the edible markers or icing pens, draw simple ghost faces on your marshmallows.
  9. Put two marshmallows and a quarter of a teaspoon of water in a microwavable bowl and cook on full power for twenty seconds, add a drop of red food colouring gel (or green, ectoplasm slime could be cool…)to this and whisk together to make a glue.
  10. Dip the marshmallow ghosts into the glue, then pop them on top of the brownies.

Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem, Henley River and Rowing Museum

To say that Phoebe has an obsession with Peter Rabbit is something of an understatement. She lives and breathes Peter Rabbit, be it the books, the TV series with Nimah Cussack that I enjoyed as a child and found on Amazon, or the Nickelodeon series which created the admirable Lily Bobtail to go alongside the traditional male characters.

She wakes up in the morning and tells me she’s dreamt about Peter Rabbit, runs around the house looking for the fierce bad rabbit, and shows me the best places to hide from Mr McGregor after we’ve stolen radishes from his garden. At the end of all this, she falls asleep cuddling Benjamin Bunny.

You can imagine then that when I saw that Henley River and Rowing Museum were running a Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem exhibition, with everything from original Beatrix Potter illustrations and vintage toys, to interactive exhibits ideal for tiny rabbit addicts.

We had a lovely day at the museum. The ground floor exhibition area had a fairly traditional museum display with beautiful original illustrations, vintage toys, first edition books etc. in glass cabinets, which would have the potential to be a little dull for your typical toddler, but the museum had added a lovely little reading area, colouring table and post office in which children could write letters to their favourite Beatrix Potter characters. They also had a shelf of cuddly toys based on Beatrix Potter characters so the little ones could choose a friend to look around with, Phoebe chose Squirrel Nutkin (or Scwerl Nutkah, if you will).

Upstairs, there was a wonderful hands on exhibit for little children. They could serve customers in Ginger and Pickles shop, peg washing on Mrs Tiggywinkle’s line, plant and harvest carrots in Mr McGregor’s garden, play in Peter Rabbit’s burrow, and play puppets with Mr Tod, Tommy Brock and Diggory Delvet in a puppet theatre.

The museum entry cost about £25 for two adults, with free entry for children. On the face of it, that’s a pretty expensive day out, but this gives you entry to the museum for a year, and I’m already planning to go back to check out their Wind in the Willows exhibition. I was really impressed by how child friendly the exhibit was so, I’ll be keeping an eye out for what else is coming up in the future.

 

The Gruffalo Child

We received this picture of our niece the other day. We bought her the Gruffalo outfit for her third birthday in December (we’re a little bit obsessed with The Gruffalo books) but she was far too excited by her guests, cake and presents to keep still for photos at the time!

Her mother Laura, Jon’s sister, sent us the picture and blogs here.