Marscapone Brownies

I suppose as a baking blog I’m pretty much obligated to mention Valentine’s Day…as a perpetually single person this holiday is pretty much meaningless to me, but I know a lot of people like to celebrate with chocolate, and so I have a nice, easy, last-minute chocolatey recipe for you all.

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Of course in this part of the world, it’s already February 15th. I spent my Valentine’s Day back in New Zealand at a very unorthodox bachelorette party (no strippers or ridiculous penis-shaped straws/balloons/whatever else; we went wake boarding and had a barbecue) which was wonderful. Also, I’m back in New Zealand, which is a great feeling in and of itself.

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Homemade Baguettes

We’ve had a rainy couple of weeks here in Byron Bay. Plenty of sun in there too – it’s still summer, and it’s still Australia – but lots of those big, tropical showers. Which can really ruin a beach day, but which make the thought of baking a lot more palatable. Have you ever tried to make cookies in 30+ degree heat? I have to apologize to my flatmates before I turn on the oven, and then I have to stand there in the kitchen and sweat for however long the baking takes. Not exactly a sob story, I know, but if you were wondering at my infrequent posting, that is the explanation.

On a rainy day, though, there is nothing better than some nice, quiet baking. I’ve been making a lot of brownies, and a couple different types of cookies, and as soon as I get my ever-volatile computer situation under control I will be able to post about all that. In the meantime, I baked some baguettes and I think you should, too.

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