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Alex Hollywood’s recipe for Best-ever Brownies from My Busy Kitchen

Many of you told us just how much you were enjoying the Ginger and Blackberry Chocolate Brownie Recipe we posted from Alex Hollywood’s My Busy Kitchen earlier this week and now we have another delicious treat from the wife of Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood – her Best-ever Brownies.

Rich in irresistible dark chocolate, they’re absolutely divine and will delight any chocoholic. You can find this recipe – and many, many more – in My Busy Kitchen, which is available from us for just £6.99 (a saving of £18 off the RRP).

With thanks to Hodder

 Best-ever Brownies recipes

Alex Hollywood recipe

Makes approximately 24

 

  • 100g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 150g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 75g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Gas mark 4. Butter a shallow 20cm x 28cm brownie tin and line it with greaseproof paper.

Put the butter, chocolate, both sugars and the syrup into a saucepan and heat gently until blended. Set aside to cool.

Put the eggs and vanilla into a bowl and beat together until frothy. Gently whisk in the cooled chocolate mixture.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into the chocolate mixture and fold together very gently until well combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 20–25 minutes, until it looks browned and starts to come away from the sides of the tin.

Allow to cool, then turn out and cut into small squares – trying your best not to eat the whole lot in one go!


Seventh Son in cinemas now – buy The Spook’s Apprentice for £3.49!

Following the success of recent young adult adaptations including The Hunger Games and Divergent/Insurgent, many teenagers are eagerly awaiting the release of Seventh Son – a film based on Joseph Delaney’s The Spook’s Apprentice.

With a more supernatural, magical and scary edge, the film boasts and all-star cast including Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, the film is sure to appeal to fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Lord of the Rings and even perhaps Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

The story follows Thomas Ward as he’s given the chance to keep the County safe from evil – but is he up to the job? He’ll have to show his credential when he comes across the villainous Mother Malkin – who is widely regarded as the most dangerous witch in the County…

Dark and spooky, this is a great book for young readers to check out before or after seeing the Hollywood film.

Buy The Spook’s Apprentice from Red House for just £3.49.


The BFG, Matilda, The Twits… our 15-book Roald Dahl collection is back in stock!

Roald Dahl books

Roald Dahl is one of the world’s great storytellers. His books have inspired generations of readers and his children’s novels are all-time classics. At the Book People, our 15-book Roald Dahl Collection has long been a favourite with customers of all ages and now you have the chance to own them all for the splendiferous price of just £21.99 – giving you a saving of £76 off the RRP!

Among the stories you’ll find in this collection are:

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The BFG – the tale of a friendly giant and a girl named Sophie that is being adapted into a Hollywood film starring Mark Rylance by Steven Spielberg (following the 1980s animated version featuring David Jason in the title role).

 

Esio Trot

Esio Trot – You may have seen the BBC adaptation starring Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench over Christmas and this unlikely love story between two pensioners is just as charming on the page.

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Whether you preferred Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp’s take on Willy Wonka (or have enjoyed Douglas Hodge’s performance in the hit West End show), this is an unforgettable story about one of fiction’s most eccentric characters and a very special tour around his workplace. With this collection, it will almost be like winning the Golden Ticket!

 

Matilda book Danny Devito

Matilda – Simply magical whether on page, screen or at the theatre, the tale of a talented little bookworm and her awful parents and even worse school is a resounding favourite here at the Book People. From Miss Trunchbull to Miss Honey and the terrible Mr and Mrs Wormwood (so memorably played by Danny DeVito and his wife Rhea Perlman in the 1996 film), it’s full of despicable characters but Matilda’s telekinetic gifts will teach them a lesson. The West End and now Broadway musical by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin has brought it to a whole new audience, too!

 

Roald Dahl Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox – Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom and Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson brought the tale of Mr. Fox and his mission to stave off Boggis, Bean and Bunce to the big screen in tremendously twee and exciting stop-motion fashion. The book is even better! Full of high jinks, it also has a powerful message about how we should treat our furry friends.

Among the other books in the slipcased collection are James and the Giant Peach, The Twits and The Witches – the book responsible for perhaps the scariest characters of all time…

The Witches book Dahl


My Busy Kitchen: Alex Hollywood’s Ginger and Blackberry Chocolate Brownie Trifle recipe

At the Book People, we’re not shy of indulging our sweet tooth from time to time and what better way to prepare for the choco-licious Easter weekend than with a scrumptiously chocolate dessert…

One of our best new baking books is My Busy Kitchen from Alex Hollywood – the wife of Great British Bake Off judge Paul – and in it she has recipes for all sorts of sweet treats inspired by her multi-cultural upbringing. Below you can find out how to make her Ginger and Blackberry Chocolate Brownie Trifle. Trust us when we say it’s delicious…

Available for just £6.99 (saving £18 off the RRP) from the Book People, you’ll find this alongside many other sumptuous recipes in the book. It’s sure to be a hit!

With thanks to Hodder.

Ginger and Blackberry Chocolate Brownie Trifle

Alex Hollywood recipe

Serves 6

  • 2 x 100g bars Green & Blacks ginger chocolate
  • 350ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • 400g mascarpone cheese
  • 1 quantity of brownies, broken into bite-sized chunks
  • 1–2 tbsp ginger wine
  • 250g fresh blackberries
  • 50g good-quality dark chocolate (80% cocoa solids)
  • 50g toasted flaked almonds

 

Melt the ginger chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of boiling water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water), then set aside to cool slightly.

Whip the cream into soft peaks, then fold in the yoghurt.

Beat the mascarpone into the cooled melted chocolate.

Arrange half the brownies in the bottom of a pretty bowl or glass jug. Sprinkle with a little of the ginger wine, then layer half the blackberries, half the chocolate mixture and half the cream on top.

Repeat these layers and use the back of a spoon to ‘peak up’ the top layer of cream.

Grate the dark chocolate over the surface and sprinkle with the almonds. Keep chilled until serving.


The Book People’s Week of Wonder, 16 – 22 March 2015

Book People offers

Excitement is building around the Book People’s next mission – bringing you amazing deals, offers and savings in our latest Week of Wonder. A popular favourite with Book People customers around the world, you’re sure to be in awe when you see the astronomically good daily deals that will make up the week. A new out-of-this world deal will be available every day so prepare to launch on Monday 16 March.

Sure to be a cosmic hit with book lovers everywhere, we’re going to start our new Week of Wonder with a bang – a Big Bang – and some of the deals really will provide meteoric savings to make you smile.

We can’t reveal the offers just yet, but once we’re in orbit next Monday, do please keep checking the homepage. We’ll be launching new deals daily – but they’ll eclipse at midnight every night.

We’ll also be having some out-of-this-world fun on our Social Media channels so keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus and Instagram channels.


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