Before the clocks were put forward, I decided on a fundraising challenge for People Against Poverty’s projects. I used the fresh energy gained from Spring’s arrival to get back to baking. I planned to make brownies aplenty!

I found it helpful watching the Episode on chocolate from the last Great British Bake-Off series. It was a fine balance to get a gooey centre recommended by Prue Leith with ten minutes less in the oven! Varying my chosen brownie recipe using two-thirds dark chocolate with a third milk chocolate produced a delicious result. It was fun to decorate the tops for Easter with a chocolate egg. One helpful tip was to temper the chocolate before pouring into egg moulds; this gave the promised shiny finish.

It was such a good feeling when they sold well over Mother’s Day & Easter and worth a lot of chocolatey mixture for me to wash up after two bake sales! Without doubt a collaboration with my mother who did Spring Flower arrangements to go with the brownies made it a success!

People Against Poverty really motivates me as a Youth Ambassador. The charity always reminds me to think big! When you know times are tough, there are people in places of need who should not face hardships alone.

Coco Hammond – People against Poverty Youth Ambassador

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