Cook For Change

One of our supporters, Robert Jones, has completed a recipe for a Fairtrade Rich Fruit Cake. We are sure you will enjoy it.


It can be difficult to buy Fairtrade dried fruits on the High St but they are usually available on-line from Traidcraft. If you have difficulty in finding them, please contact Gill Parker at who will be happy to help.

Another supporter, Emily Smith, prepared some superb Fairtrade Chocolate Brownies for a Chelmsford Star Special Sales Evening. You might like to see the recipe, it really is superb.

150g Co-op unsalted butter, softened.
150g Truly Irresistible Dark Chocolate, broken into pieces.
60g Co-op plain flour, sifted.
25g Co-op Cocoa powder, sifted.
2 Co-op medium eggs.
200g Fairtrade Caster sugar.
150g Co-op Fairtrade milk Chocolate.

1. Preheat the oven to 190c/fan – 170c/gas 5. Lightly grease and greaseproof paper line a 23cm/9inch square cake tin.

2. Melt the butter and dark chocolate squares together in a small saucepan over a gentle heat, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

3. In a bowl whisk together the eggs and caster sugar, and whisking constantly until double in volume and the mixture leaves a trail.

4.Fold in the flour and cocoa powder until well combined. Then fold in the melted chocolate mixture until well combined. Then fold in the milk chocolate (broken into chunks).

5. Pour into the prepared cake tin, spreading out evenly.

6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until top is firm. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely, ideally in the refrigerator overnight.

TIP: Flip the brownie upside down on to a chopping board and remove the greaseproof paper. Lay a sheet of kitchen towel over the top to absorb any moisture, then place in the refrigerator overnight and cut the next day.

7. Cut into squares.

If you would like to comment on our activities, send us your ideas on the best way to develop Fairtrade in Chelmsford, provide us with information, or any other news about Fairtrade, please contact


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