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Best-ever Brownies recipe from Alex Hollywood’s 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!

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 Great British Bake Off grand finale

Series five of the Great British Bake Off ends tonight (Wednesday 8 October 2014) with the BBC One show’s grand finale, but if any would-be bakers would like to see themselves in the famous tent next year, at the Book People we have all of the Great British Bake Off books you will need to build on your baking knowledge to create sensational, show-stopping bakes – whether you’re a cooking connoisseur or beginner baker.

Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking

Whether you’re a ‘savoury person’ or have an unsatisfiable sweet tooth, the step-by-step recipes – complete with mouth-watering photographs – in this Great British Bake Off cookbook (that ties in with the latest series) will help you to make sure every single one of your future bakes is a success. With 120 original recipes to choose from, from Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry as well as the bakers, this book is the must-have recipe book for all GBBO fans!

Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking | The Book People

Paul Hollywood’s British Baking

Paul Hollywood cookbooks are always Book People bestsellers and we expect Paul Hollywood’s British Baking recipe book to be no different. With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions guiding bakers every step of the way, the much-loved artisan baker shows readers the secrets behind each of his trademark Paul Hollywood recipes – including Bakewells, Bannocks, Welsh Pies and much more! – so that you can try them for yourself and treat friends and family.

Paul Hollywood's British Baking | The Book People

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect

The nation’s best-loved baker, Mary Berry has adorned the screens (and kitchens) of the British public since the 1970s. With Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect, classic Mary Berry recipes of the past are in no short supply – but here, readers can enjoy 100 brand-new step-by-step recipes from the Great British Bake Off judge. And by following Mary Berry’s Keys to Perfection and Top Tips for each dish, you’re as good as guaranteed perfect results (and no soggy bottoms!).

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect | The Book People

Paul Hollywood’s Bread

One Paul Hollywood book isn’t enough for you, eh? OK, here’s one more…  Paul Hollywood’s bread recipes are second to none and with Paul Hollywood’s Bread, readers are treated to recipes that transform the basics – for example, a basic white bloomer – into picnic delights using unlikely ingredients such as white chocolate and raspberry. Or if you’re looking for something a little more savoury, how about creating stilton and bacon rolls with a delicious celery soup or baking fluffy crumpets?

Paul Hollywood's Bread | The Book People


So, regardless of whoever the winners or losers may be tonight on the Great British Bake Off final, you can create your own winning bakes at home with the help of these brilliant Great British Bake Off books. Or if your baking needs stretch further than the expertise of master bakers Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, visit our Great British Baking category to find more tasty baking books.

On your marks, set, BAKE!

Buy The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking for £9.99

All of us here at the Book People have been glued to our screens every Wednesday evening for the past few weeks – and with the Great British Bake Off now entering the final stages, we’re sure we’ll continue to be fascinated… From the unadulterated drama of ‘bingate’ to the tension revolving around Martha and Kate’s messy choux pastry éclairs, GBBO fans have been on tenterhooks throughout this latest series – you never quite know Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will say, while Mel and Sue provide a comforting and reassuring presence as presenters for both contestants and us as viewers.

With the programme now set to be a fixture in the BBC One schedules for years to come, the Bake Off continues to go from strength to strength and many are hoping to recreate the delicious bakes they’ve seen on the show. What better way to start doing this than by following the recipes in the Great British Bake Off’s Big Book of Baking? The tie-in baking book to this year’s series, it contains recipes from all the contestants and even some from Paul and Mary themselves – you’ll be sure to avoid any soggy bottoms while recreating some of this year’s best dishes.

In Mary Berry’s Cooks the Perfect, the popular judge shows how she’s far more than just the ‘Queen of Baking’… She’s pretty handy when it comes to cooking too! With over 100 all-new recipes, she covers everything from crackling to crumble – and every single recipe is simply delicious. The step-by-step instructions make things easy to follow, while her ‘Keys to Perfection’ – top tips for making the most of each dish – will keep you happily returning to the kitchen.

We also have books from previous contestants Holly Bell, John Whaite and Edd Kimber, while our 10-book Big Baking Collection will show you how to become a savoury and sweet bakes specialist. In addition to this, Paul Hollywood’s Bread will show you how to not only make a variety of different breads, but also use these as the basis for each meal!

If you’re a Bake Off fan, visit the Book People for all the baking books you’ll need – by honing your skills with our book, maybe you’ll be in the GBBO tent next year with your recipes ready to be judged by Paul and Mary.

The Great British Bake Off books

The nation’s favourite TV show, the Great British Bake Off, returns on a new channel and with a new timeslot next week and all of us at the Book People couldn’t be more excited. In fact, we even have some home-made brownies in the office today. Now due to be shown on BBC One in an unfamiliar Wednesday evening slot, we can’t wait to see the creations from the new contestants as they attempt to impress queen of baking Mary Berry and housewife’s favourite Paul Hollywood. As ever, Mel and Sue will be on hand to deliver their dulcet commentary throughout the series too.

If you’re in the mood to create your own showstoppers over the next few weeks, then the Book People has plenty of baking books in our Food & Drink category to help you on your way. Who knows, next year you might be cosying up with Mary and Paul? From the finest Baking & Desserts books to how-to guides and books from stars and contestants from the show, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to baked goods.

There is nothing better than the taste (and smell!) of freshly baked bread and who better to teach a novice how to make their own than Paul Hollywood? Bread is a book that does exactly what it says on the tin. It shows you how to make bread – and then transform it into an even greater meal. From using a bloomer as a base for a picnic to Eggs Benedict crumpets, this is a superb baking book for those who love bread. Another person who is handy when it comes to kneading dough is the ‘People’s Champion’ from 2012’s Great British Bake Off – James Morton. In Brilliant Bread, he showcases his love for bread making – and how easy it is to make your own using just supermarket flour and yeast. James will show you how to bake everything from basic loaves to sweet doughs, flatbreads and pretzels!

John Whaite was the winner of 2012’s Bake Off and we have two books from the very talented baker that will offer you ideas for every meal of the day. John Whaite Bakes – Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood has creations that will lift your mood, no matter how you’re feeling. With comfort food like Apple and Thyme Sausage Rolls alongside Passionfruit Tart, this is a book full of food to put a smile on your face. John Whaite Bakes at Home offers a glimpse of what he bakes for his nearest and dearest – whether they want lunch, brunch, something sweet or a savoury pizza treat.

2010’s winner Edd Kimber also offers up some surprising twists on old favourites alongside traditional treats in his The Boy Who Bakes cookbook. New in, and a book that will resonate with many of our customers is Recipes from a Normal Mum, a book full of recipes compiled by 2011 Great British Bake Off finalist Holly Bell. Covering far more than just baked goods, this is a cookbook packed to the brim with quick and mouth-watering recipes for the entire family!


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