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Cinnamon, clove & clementine dark chocolate brownies

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These gooey cinnamon, clove & clementine dark chocolate brownies have a subtle Christmas fragrance and an irresistible texture.

Cinnamon, clove & clementine dark chocolate brownies

After an almost three-month hiatus from baking, boy am I glad to be back! I thought I hadn’t missed it, but I realised how mistaken I was with the first batch of brownies that came out of the oven: the kitchen was hot and smelled like kitchens really should, the brownies were set, but also soft and almost bubbly and I was content. You can never really go wrong with brownies and these came out dizzyingly fragrant and impossibly gooey: filled with almost two bars of dark chocolate, cinnamon, cloves & clementine zest, perfectly seasonal and appropriately festive.

Indeed, you can’t go wrong with brownies and these are definitely a festive winner, made in partnership with Home Run. I’ve enjoyed their excellent services time and time again and perhaps you should too? You could get all the ingredients for these beauties within the hour. Not bad, especially for this time of the year. Not bad at all.

Cinnamon, clove & clementine dark chocolate brownies

Cinnamon, clove & clementine dark chocolate brownies

Cinnamon, clove & clementine dark chocolate brownies


1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup cocoa powder

3 medium eggs

1 1/2 cups caster sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, melted

270g 72% chocolate, roughly chopped

zest of 1 clementine

to serve (optional): icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (160ºC Fan), line a square baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar until light and frothy; add the melted butter, chopped chocolate and zest and combine. Mix in the dry ingredients and fold gently with a spatula until just combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 15′ or until the top is set (the centre will still be very gooey at this point).
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 15′before serving (as is or with a generous dusting of icing sugar), or allow to cool and set completely.

* Recipe developed in collaboration with the good people over at Home Run; all opinions are my own. 




Date, hazelnut & coconut fudge

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Love at first bite: this super healthy, super quick date, hazelnut & coconut fudge is the perfect little treat for your loved ones.

I believe I have already mentioned here my affection for Valentine’s Day celebrations. It’s a silly day and these are silly sentiments, really, but I am holding on to both with a somewhat nostalgic persistence. I am not quite sure what being a ‘romantic’ entails nor can I put in precise words my definition of a romance. Yet, I have the persistent and almost fantastic certainty that my parents share a love which is both one for the books and messily and reassuringly ordinary. I like to think that Mike’s and mine romance shares both these attributes and somehow balances between the overwhelmingly extraordinary and the comforts of a serene routine. [READ MORE]

Vegan nut, cocoa & olive oil spread

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Vegan nut, cocoa & olive oil spread

Every time I’m reunited with my sister, there are certain things that always take place (almost in this specific order): we hug and kiss (dramatically, on my part- Alkyoni is way cooler than me to gasp and whisper sweet nothings to my ear); we exchange gifts, have our first coffee and gossip enthusiastically. And then, on to the main course, our first brawl. It’s loud, usually for a dumb reason and it escalates quickly. And then, like ten minutes later, we’ve apologised to each other, made up and are swiftly moving on to what really matters: food. [READ MORE]