Delicious Lemon Brownies

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I love getting a bag of lemons given to me, our wee tree is getting there but only have 3 lemons from it so far! The next decision is what to make with them. A few months ago Pinterest was full of Lemon Brownie recipes, I was intrigued – I am a little slow on the uptake but I finally made them today and they are delicious! Lovely lemony smell filling the house and a lovely fresh alternative to our decadent chocolate brownie you will find elsewhere on my blog.

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In all I used 5 small lemons, you may need less – using both the zest and the juice – this recipe includes a lovely drizzly lemon glaze which adds to the taste and texture of the Yellowie (totally think it should be a word – if its not already I’ll claim it!) Different varieties of lemons have a different taste to both the zest and juice – Meyer lemons are often the most popular as they are not as tart, but any lemons will do.

 

Ingredients

3/4 cup Sugar
115g Butter
3/4 cup Plain Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp Lemon Zest
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Lemon Glaze

1 heaped cup Icing Sugar
4 tsp lemon zest
1/3 cup Lemon Juice (adding a little at a time)

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Method

Pre Heat oven to 170C.

Prepare a 25 x 25 cm baking tin or slice pan with baking paper or grease well and set aside.

Prepare your zest (using smallest side of grater) and lemon juice and set aside.

Using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until pale and creamy (approx 2-3 minutes), add flour and salt and combine well.

In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest. Pour this into the flour mixture and beat at a medium speed until smooth and creamy – up to 2 minutes more.

Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes (check at 20). The brownies edges should only just begin to go golden and a skewer in the centre will come out clean. Ensure you do not overbake it or it will be dry 🙂

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Prepare Lemon Icing Glaze once the slice has cooled completely.

In a small bowl add the icing sugar (sifted if required) lemon zest and slowly add the lemon juice until you get the desired consistency – should be able to pour easily but not too runny. You can do this glaze in two layers if you would like a thicker layer – simply allow a few minutes to set in between pouring next half of mixture.

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Cut into small squares and serve. Store in an airtight container.

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Have a wonderful day – Happy Baking – I would love to hear your comments or let me know when you make it and how it turned out 🙂

Anna 🙂

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Kiwi Mummy Blog review – Star Wars Deluxe Darth Vader Costume

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I cannot tell you the excitement levels in our house when a proper Star Wars Darth Vader Costume arrived!! Currently my husband and 9 year old son are watching all of the movies so the girls have picked up on it and we seem to have star wars figurines, Legos, books & posters all over the place so it could not have come at a better time.

I was delighted to review this costume as so often I look at costume websites when various dress up days come around and wonder if they are worth the cost? is the quality ok? will it last? and most importantly for us will it do for different ages & sizes?

So the box arrived and the little ones gathered around for the grand opening – a bit like Christmas! And we were not disappointed, its the real deal. Much to our delight the mask fits the kids & the adults with a few modifications and the costume fit both my small 6 year old and juuuuust fit the 9 year old – I would say it would fit from ages of 4-7 at least quite comfortably (This one is a size Small USA size 4-6).

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Sadly our Light Saber has seen better days so we did not include that in the photos – but we had lots of “I am your Father” moments!

All we needed were some black shoes and you could use black gloves if you had some to complete the look. We modified the helmet strap slightly to fit smaller heads which was easy enough to do, and the kids said it was comfy and light to wear, as was the costume.

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To answer my questions above:

Is it worth the cost?

I believe it is, personally there is no way I could make this costume with all the detail anyway, but certainly the cost of the materials if you could even source them and the time involved why not buy one that arrives already made up & looks like the real deal!

Is the quality ok? Will it last?

The stitching & fabric work is really good, I would suggest if you have time once you receive it you hang it up for a day or so for the wrinkles to drop from the packaging, but the embellishments are well attached & of good quality. It will last as well as any costume – if its in the sandpit all day everyday it might not last as long as if you just use it for special occasions & hang it up!

Will it do a range of sizes?

As I said above my 6 year old and 9 year old got into it! My six year old is little so around a 4-5 year olds size and it was a little large on her but still looked good, so we got my 9 year old to carefully try it on and it was tight but fit – he would be the size of an average 8 year old. So you will certainly get use out of it for some years if you buy this size for them when they are young.

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You can order these and lots more awesome costumes at http://kidscostumes.co.nz. Pretty much any theme that is popular in your house can be found there. They also have their stock here onsite in NZ which is perfect for me as my kids tend to not give me a lot of advance warning of needing these things – their website states a 3 day delivery time so that is awesome and so much better than waiting weeks for something to come from overseas!

Thanks so much to http://www.kiwimummyblogs.co.nz for hooking us up – I have 3 very happy kids and I can see this costume will be one of the more popular in the dress up box!

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