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Chocolate fudge brownies with whiskey, you ask? Most certainly, yes! It is hard to know how the humble chocolatey brownie could be improved, and I would argue it is quite excellent as is. However, if you’re planning on making something extra special for your groom or the bridal party, a dash of whiskey in the mix is just the thing to ensure these delicious baked goods are never forgotten.

Homemade and scrumptious, baked goods are always a winner as a gift for those you love, particularly those it may be hard to buy for. Grab some lovely packaging and these whiskey brownies become perfectly professional!

What You Will Need: 

  • Ingredients for brownie mix; 200g dark chocolate, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 125g butter, 1 1/2 cups plain flour, 3 tbs whiskey
  • Mixing bowl, mixing spoon, whisk, baking pan, baking paper
  • Oven
  • Round cookie cutter (optional extra)
  • Individual gift tins (tins featured are from Kmart)

Step 1. Very slowly, and without boiling, melt the butter in a heavy based saucepan. Once it has melted, remove from the hob and break up the chocolate. Add the chocolate to the butter, and wait for it to melt.

Step 2. Add eggs and sugar to the mix and beat well with a whisk. Add whiskey and mix, before adding flour. Turn the mix into a lined baking pan and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Once the brownie is cooked, let it cool, while lining your chosen tins/boxes with food grade gift paper.

Step 3. When the brownie is cold, use the cutter to cut out circles. You could also cut shapes by hand or simply cut out squares for a square box, they’ll all taste delicious no matter the shape!

Step 4. Pop the brownie into your chosen tins, covering the top over with spare paper. Fasten with some twine and a note, and these mouth watering whiskey brownies will be a hit! For guest favours, for your groom, for the men, for the bridal party, everyone will love them and will no doubt be asking for more!

Ms Zebra Says: No one can deny that chocolate is the key to any good gift..!!! Plus who doesn’t like a little tipple to add extra flavour? A great DIY gift or favour for guests. 

About Ms Honeycomb: My heart and home in Scotland and Australia, I am a florist, flower lover, writer, baker, stylist and sew-er of lovely things, with my darling toddler forever keeping me on my toes!

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If there is one marriage made in heaven, it’s Tasmania and apples. And what better way to warm up your winter bones, than with our homage to the apple isle with our apple cider whiskey cocktail?

For this one, we wanted to honour all that we love about Tasmania. We’re combining apple cider (we used one of Tassie’s favourites from Willie Smith for our version), with the classic warming flavours of whiskey (for a little added winter warmth, use one steeped with honey flavours like American Honey) and ginger.

It’s a nod to Tasmania, a nod to the apple industry and a nod to the best place to be in winter!

Ingredients

  • 60ml ginger beer
  • 60m apple cider
  • 50ml whiskey
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • Fresh ginger
  • Fresh apple slices
  • Rosemary
  • Ice

Method

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine a few cubes of ice with freshly squeezed lemon juice, whiskey and ginger beer.
  • Stir well.
  • Strain into a lowball glass and top with apple cider.
  • Garnish with fresh slices of ginger and apple along with fresh sprigs of rosemary.

With the cooler weather finally here and a smorgasbord of winter wedding ideas beginning to swirl about, toffee apples seemed like just the thing for a delicious DIY. Not the easiest, but impressive in looks and styling, caramel apples look gorgeous on a winter dessert table – or as name tag holders.

With full disclosure, my first try failed miserably. While my second lot worked beautifully, they weren’t as glossy the following day. As with all my tutorials, I highly recommend trying it out before the big event, so that you can see how successfully it works for you. Apples are in season and so tasty right now, so even for a small gathering, they are a gorgeous addition!

What You Will Need:

  • Small apples – available from most specialty grocery stores
  • Small wooden sticks
  • Cooling rack
  • Baking paper
  • Baking tray
  • Caramel – you can find many recipes for a good apple caramel online

Step 1. Give the apples a thorough wash, especially if they have been waxed. You may need to use hot water and vinegar. Once they are clean and dry, remove the stems, and firmly pop the stick into the core.

Step 2. Place the apples on top of the cooling rack, over the top of a sheet of baking paper. When the caramel is ready, place it next to the apples and, working quickly, dip each apple into the caramel. Place them quickly onto the cooling rack.

Step 3. Once the caramel has started to set, move the apples onto a sheet of baking paper on top of a baking tray, or flat surface. Once they have completely cooled, store in a dry and cool airtight container.

Display these tasty caramel apples on a beautiful dessert table, or use them as a styling tool on your tables for name tags. Toffee apples are yummy and add a sweet and fair like fun to any event!

Ms Zebra Says: Yum, yum and a bit more yum! Toffee apples are delicious and such a great inclusion for a DIY element at your wedding. Versatile for name tags, dessert tables or yummy favours, thanks Ms Honeycomb for a great recipe to follow and try!

About Ms Honeycomb: Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).

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