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Hello readers (or maybe just mummy S and mummy H)! I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I last entered the world of Mrs H’s favourite things. I am sorry for my tardiness but I have recently had a baby. Good excuse, huh?

Little Miss H (who is gorgeous and a complete angel) is now 3 months old and so Mr H and I no longer feel quite as shell shocked by parenthood. This means that every now and then, when Mr H is entertaining our daughter, I am able to do a few of the things that put a smile on my face and make me Mrs H rather than just “mummy”! So “hello” reading, sewing and taking long baths – I’ve missed you. There have been a few times over the past month when I have donned my apron, got out my hand-written recipe book and rediscovered my love of baking.

The other week my sister-in-law the very stunning Miss H came to visit and have some cuddles with her new niece. In honour of this event, I decided to bake these heavenly coconut and strawberry squares. I was left with rather a large amount of dessicated coconut – tragedy! As I am now the new and improved thrifty Mrs H (having a baby is expensive, don’t you know?!) I decided that my next baking project MUST include coconut.

Tomorrow we are driving to Ascot to stay with the very fab Mr S & Ms W for the weekend. It only seems polite to take some baked goods with us and destroy Ms W’s wedding dress diet for the weekend.  I have made brownies – chocolate and coconut brownies. Hopefully, this will earn me friendship brownie points but lose me bridesmaid brownie points. C’est la vie.

I couldn’t find a recipe that I was happy with and decided to make up my own. I won’t be entering the Great British Bake Off anytime soon but these brownies aren’t half bad (I didn’t mistake salt for sugar). My only criticism is that they could be lighter but I imagine that is my fault for not whisking the eggs enough. They are yummy – gorgeously chocolaty and gooey but with the added oomph of the dessicated coconut. They are also very moreish and Mr S and Ms W should be very grateful that we still have enough to take tomorrow!

Yummy Chocolate and coconut brownies (image courtesy of BBC Good Food. If I need to remove this image or give anyone credit for copyright reasons then please let me know.)

Chocolate and coconut brownies

I used a 16 ” square brownie tin and ended up with 9 big chunks of brownie but you can use a bigger tin if you have one.  


 75g cocoa powder (normally I use melted chocolate when I make brownies but I thought that these could run the risk of being too sweet. I decided that cocoa powder would give a little bitterness to the brownies and work perfectly with the coconut).
100g dessicated coconut
100g unsalted butter
75g plain flour
250g golden caster sugar
2 medium sized eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
A pinch of salt


  • Place the butter and cocoa powder into a heat proof bowl. Place the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water) and allow to melt. I always melt my butter and chocolate in a steamer. It takes a little longer but the end result is brilliant. Once melted leave on the side to cool a little.
  • Place the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract into a clean bowl and whisk together until pale and thick. 
  • Add the egg mixture to the melted butter and cocoa and whisk to combine.
  • Sift the flour and salt together and then fold them slowly into the chocolate mixture (I added my flour in three portions).
  • Fold the dessicated coconut into the mixture and make sure it is well combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the brownie tin and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.
  • To serve, remove from the baking tray and cut the brownie into squares while still warm. If you would like then you can sprinkle them with icing sugar and/ or some more coconut. Our brownies have to go in transit tomorrow and so I have left them au naturel.
    1. Happy baking!


      Mrs H


      PS What have you all been up to over the past year? I’d love to hear in the comments and please feel free to share anything that you’ve been baking!
      PPS I have just realised that I keep on referring to “tomorrow” but as the time is now 00.25 “tomorrow” is now “today”. Night night. x

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