Gingerbread Brownie Cereal Bowl

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I’d been planning something really special for my pal Ness for her birthday, but then we won a cake on Instagram from Sugar and Nice in Inglewood, so we ate that instead.

(Here it is. It’s so good. And all the better for being free. I love the internet).

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Even we can’t eat too much cake in one weekend, so we spread the birthday fun over two weeks. I had the idea of making a sweet cereal-inspired cake, since Ness is the most cereal-obsessed person I know. This idea went through heaps of evolutions – a custard, a white chocolate fudge with cereal bits, a panna cotta, until I finally decided on an edible cereal bowl.

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I went with gingerbread for the bowl, and moulded it around the only oven-proof bowls I have. Deciding what to fill the bowls with was a tough choice, but eventually I settled on brownie bits, because brownies are the best. Ness makes the best brownies in the whole wide world, and I’d never actually made brownies before, so there was a lot of pressure to make good brownies. I stuck to a recipe in a random cookbook and it paid off! Very tasty and dense and chewy.

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Figuring out what to do for the ‘milk’ part was hard. Gingerbread bowls aren’t exactly the most architecturally sound food vessels, after all. Eventually I came up with meringue fluff, since Ness (and I) loves that shit. The meringue came out runnier than I wanted, but at least in a semi-liquid state it looked like milk. Topped with the most colourful cereal (Froot Loops), plus sprinkles, made for a lot of good times.

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I met Ness at the park so we could watch the ducks and eat our feelings. The bowls kind of fell apart on the walk to the park, which was a bummer. Luckily I brought emergency wet wipes and napkins. I think the gingerbread was a bit soft and because it was a square bowl, not round, it wasn’t as structurally sound. But other than that it looked and tasted SO GOOD. Pretty stoked with how everything came together.

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