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CARAMEL SWIRL CHOCOLATE BROWNIES FOOD & COOKING ARTICLE

BRINGING PUDDINGS TO LIFE - Caramel Swirl Chocolate Brownies
by Chef Phil Vickery

Celebrity chef Phil Vickery cooks up a pudding storm

Everyone has their favourite pudding but not everyone knows how to make them! However, help is here in the form of Celebrity Chef Phil Vickery. Phil is here to give easy step-by-step instructions to create twelve fantastic puddings, one pudcast a month. This month’s recipe, Caramel Swirl Chocolate Brownies, is guaranteed to make any chocolate lover go weak at the knees. "Carnation Caramel is an authentic Dulce de Leche caramel that is easy to use in baking and as a topping. With no added colours or flavours, it makes an ideal no-fuss ingredient for Chocolate Brownies" says Phil Vickery.

Everybody loves a good pud! From homemade apple pie to granny's spotted dick or mum's treacle tart, everyone's a winner. But how often do you make home-made puds and do you really know where to start?

Although more and more people are experimenting in the kitchen with puddings, one in five Brits have never attempted a home-made pudding, according to new research by Carnation. So what's stopping Brits from getting their hands dirty in the kitchen? Perhaps, if you had a top chef in the kitchen with you, you'd be more inclined to whip up a nice pudding. Well now you can!

Celebrity chef Phil Vickery is here to save the day. Over the coming months he will be welcoming us in to his kitchen to take us through the simple steps to create twelve fantastic puddings. Click on Podcast below to watch his latest instalment demonstrating how to make . . .

Still looking for inspiration? Why not logon to www.carnation.co.uk where you can look through a variety of Phil's tasty recipes and download the pudcasts.

PUDCASTS

To stop the spread of pudding paranoia and encourage the nation to rediscover its taste for homemade puddings, today, celebrity chef Phil Vickery launches a series of Pudcasts; a monthly series of six podcasts showing you how to create simple, yet impressive, desserts. Let's face it, even cook books aren't fool-proof, but you'll be hard pressed to go wrong when you've got the step-by-step directions on a screen right in front of your eyes! So why not harness the power of technology and watch one of Phil's pudcasts - you can't go wrong!

WHAT YOU GOT COOKIN'?

Cooking's not just about the end result. According to Phil, as well as missing out on the delicious taste of authentic homemade cooking, people are passing up the opportunity to experience the psychological benefits of making something for themselves. Creating your own mouth-watering pudding can be extremely rewarding, especially if cooking for family and friends. To see others really enjoying something you have prepared from scratch can leave you with a real sense of satisfaction and pride.

CHEF PHIL VICKERY

Phil started his career in a seaside hotel in Folkestone Kent, after leaving college. He then went to the Lake District to the famous Michaels Nook Country House hotel, where his food was rated the best in the lakes.

After 6 months touring Australia and New Zealand he took up one of two stints at the world famous Gravetye Manor in West Sussex. Once as chef de partie, and sous chef. This is where he really found his love for great British produce and cooking. This led on to his next position as Ian Mc Andrew's sous chef at Restaurant 74

After the second stint at Gravetye Manor, Phil then travelled to the south west to open a luxurious hotel, then moving to The Castle hotel after Gary Rhodes left in 1999. Here he really found his niche and over the next 9 years he won many accolades, including a Michelin star, Egon Ronay stars and 4 AA rosettes. Phil moved onto development in 2000 co-founding The Food Bureau with partner and friend Steven Poole.

Phil has written six books, including 'A Passion for Puddings'. He also writes for many magazines, articles and is a member of The Guild Of Food Writers.

Phil has been a regular chef on BBC's Ready Steady Cook for 10 years. He is also resident chef on ITV's This Morning and is a regular contributor to Radio Five Live and BBC's Breakfast programme.

CARAMEL SWIRL CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

Chocolate Brownies"Guaranteed to make any chocolate lover go weak at the knees, these delicious Caramel Swirl Chocolate Brownies are oozing with caramel, yummy chocolate chunks and crunchy walnut pieces. Serve with a small dollop of ice cream, a little more caramel and an espresso for the perfect way to finish a meal. Or try adding a personal touch by decorating them with Smarties Mini Eggs." ~ Phil Vickery

Ingredients

150g (5½oz) butter
200g (7oz) dark chocolate
2 eggs, beaten
175g (6oz) soft light brown sugar
55g (2oz) plain flour
1tsp baking powder
55g (2oz) walnut pieces (optional)
4-6tbsp Carnation Caramel, plus extra to serve

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC, 350ºF, Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 20cm (8in) square baking tin.
  • Melt the butter with 55g (2oz) of the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of hot water.
  • Beat the eggs with the sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, then sift in the flour, and baking powder. Stir in the melted chocolate mixture, and beat together until well blended.
  • Chop the remaining chocolate into rough chunks and stir into the brownie mixture, with the walnuts. Spoon into the tin and spread evenly.
  • Beat the caramel in a small bowl and swirl into the mix. Bake for about 30 minutes, the cake should begin to shrink slightly from the sides of the tin.
  • When cool cut the brownie cake into squares.

Tip:

  • Serve with a small dollop of ice cream, a little more caramel and an espresso for the perfect way to finish a meal..

Makes 4

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