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Recipe by Aaysha Najath
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Total cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes 50
125 g (4 oz) butter, chopped
200 g (6 1/2 oz) dark chocolate, chopped
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups (375 g/ 12 oz) plain flour
1/3 cup (40 g/ 1 1/3 oz) cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups (185 g/ 6 oz) chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups (265 g/ 8 1/2 oz) dark choc bits
1. Preheat the oven to 180
C (350
Brush a shallow 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 inch)
tin with baking paper, extending over
the two long sides.
2. Melt the butter and dark chocolate
in a heat-proof bowl, over a pan of sim-
mering water, stirring occasionally.
3. Beat the eggs in a large bowl for two
minutes, until light and foamy. Add the
sugar gradually, beating well after each
addition. Beat in the vanilla essence.
4. Fold the chocolate mixture into the
egg mixture with a metal spoon, until
almost combined. Sift the flour and
cocoa, fold in and then gently stir in the
walnuts and choc bits until combined.
Pour into the prepared tin and bake
for 30 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin
before cutting into pieces. Decorate
with melted white chocolate and walnut
Since Christmas is just around the
corner, you can make a number of
Christmas-themed goodies for yourself
and for your loved ones.
You’ll need
Popsicle sticks
Googly eyes
Needle and thread
First cut Santa Claus, reindeer or
Christmas tree blocks using paper. Then
cut the necessary shapes in the correct
colors. The shapes should be between one
to three inches tall. Felt is easy to cut and
sew and it is also ideal for bookmarks. You
can buy them in various colors too.
It is easier to first cut the entire block
in a basic color. This makes stitching the
bookmark easier and the extra layers
make the bookmark stiffer. Then cut the
details using the suitable colors.
For instance, if you are making the San-
ta Claus bookmark, cut the entire block
in light brown (the cloth you’ll be using
for his face). Then cut the hat in red and
beard in white. Sew these in place.
Use fabric glue to paste the small details
in place, for instance the eyes, nose and
black band in Santa’s hat.
Remember to leave a small opening at
the bottom so that you can slide in the
popsicle stick.
If you don’t use bookmarks, you can use
these as pencil or pen toppers.
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