Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Espresso cheesecake brownies and Brown Bear Coffee giveaway!


The world is split into two camps. In one camp are those who blithely jump out of bed every morning eager to greet the new day. The other camp is inhabited by zombies who sleepwalk through the first few hours of the day, grumpily staring into the middle distance unable to do much other than grunt. I belong – very firmly – in the second camp. In fact the only thing that gets me out of bed (late, always late) is a freshly made cup of coffee that my husband prepares in order to entice me into the land of the living. The first cup of many.

I love coffee. I mean LOVE it. I don't think I could function without it. Which is why I am very excited to partner up with Brown Bear to give Supergolden Bakes readers a chance to win their entire range of coffee, an AeroPress (an awesome portable coffee maker) plus their wonderful Luxury Hot Chocolate. Enter this fabulous giveaway via the Gleam entry form at bottom of this post.

The other great thing about coffee is that it pairs remarkably well with baked treats. Especially these espresso caramel cheesecake brownies. I have refrained from brownie recipes on this blog for one simple reason: the are DANGEROUS. Eat a tiny morsel and suddenly you are addicted and half the tray is gone. These particular brownies are so good I am pretty sure they ended the Cold War retroactively (I have been watching The Americans - affiliate link). Please proceed with caution and share responsibly.



Espresso Caramel Cheesecake Brownies
These are gooey, intensely chocolatey with a hint of coffee. The cheesecake swirls are laced with salted caramel but both they and the caramel are optional. The brownies function just as well without them but I think the creamy cheesecake adds an extra 'wow' factor.

Ingredients
Makes 15 large squares
115g | 1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
100g | 3.5oz milk chocolate minimum 30% cocoa
125g | 4.5oz dark chocolate minimum 60% cocoa
100g | 3.5oz (caster) sugar
100g | 3.5oz light brown sugar
3 large eggs
100g | 3.5oz plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp espresso
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
80g | 2.8oz milk chocolate chips
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150g | 5.3oz full fat cream cheese
80g | 2.8oz icing (powdered) sugar
2 tbsp flour
3 heaped tbsp caramel - store-bought or homemade (optional)
1 small egg

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C | 350F. Line a deep pan (11x7in) with baking paper letting the paper hang over the edges. You also can use a square pan (9x9in).
  2. Chop the two types of chocolate into small chunks. Place the chocolate and butter into a bowl.
  3. Bring a small pot of water to a rolling simmer and then turn heat off. Place a bowl on top, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Let the butter and chocolate slowly melt, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.
  4. Put the eggs and sugar in large bowl and use a hand whisk to mix together. Make sure there are no lumps of brown sugar lurking in there.
  5. Add a little of the melted chocolate into the eggs and gently whisk together. Gradually add all the chocolate and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
  6. Sift the flour, cocoa, espresso and salt into the chocolate and fold together with a spatula.
  7. Add the chocolate chips and fold them in.
  8. Mix the cream cheese, flour, egg, icing sugar and caramel together until smooth.
  9. Pour the chocolate batter into the prepared pan. Spoon the cream cheese in three parallel lines across the length of the pan. Drag a knife across the cheesecake lines across the with of the pan to create swirls and gently mix the two batters.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes or up to 40 depending on pan size. The brownies are ready when mostly firm on top with a slight 'give'. Test after 30 minutes – a skewer inserted in the centre should come out with a few moist crumbs attached but if batter is still too wet bake for a further 5 mins.
  11. Turn the oven off, open the door and pull tray part way out. Leave the brownies there until tray is cool enough to handle. 
  12. Put the tray on a drying rack to cool completely. I know it is tempting to try the brownies now but please leave for an hour. They will be much easier to cut and less likely to fall apart.
  13. Lift the brownies out of the pan using the paper overhang and cut neatly into squares. You can drizzle with a little extra caramel if you want go completely over the top!
Espresso cheesecake brownies
Espresso cheesecake brownies

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• Complete range of Brown Bear Coffees (in whole bean or ground)
• Brown Bear Original Hot Chocolate
• Aerobie AeroPress

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257 comments:

  1. What a superb combo of espresso and three different types of chocolate. Being a night owl I need to get my caffeine in the morning!

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  2. I am an early bird - up most morning at 4am! Yes - and an insomniac too! Only ever get 5 hours sleep!

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    1. Wow - pretty sure I could not possible function on 5 hours of sleep!

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  3. Those brownies look divine, as they have coffee in them that means they could be good for breakfast, yes?

    I don't function well at all without caffeine first thing in the morning, definitely another member of the zombie camp here!

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  4. I'm a night owl, I hate mornings

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  5. Both, my brain functions best in the mornings, but I also like to stay up late for fun sometimes :)

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  6. Fab giveaway! i'm not a morning person at all :(

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  7. neither, like afternoons best

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  8. I love this - I think it would be perfect for camping. I don't like instant coffee so something like this would be amazing to take camping!

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  9. I am a morning person. This cake looks fantastic can't wait to try it

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  10. So tired and grumpy at night so I would def say a morning person!

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  11. Neither!! Haha. But given the choice i'd go for night owl x

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  12. morning, i use to be a night owl but now im alsleep by 9 haha

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  13. I'm torn between admiring these beautiful pictures and wanting to lick the screen.... Oh and I'm such a night owl, I can't function in the morning without a cup of coffee or really strong tea!

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  14. I am both, always up early but really naughty and stay up way too late, especially in the summer

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  15. Definitely a night owl, rarely go to sleep before 2am.

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  16. night out for sure, but i do love sleep!

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  17. A morning person, I like to get things done.x

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  18. I'm both a night owl and a morning person.

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  19. First off, GORGEOUS photos! Yay, you did it! I love the overhead shot that shows off the cheesecake's beautiful pattern.
    Secondly, I am not a morning person and secretly dislike the ones who are. ;-)

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  20. definitely a morning person, which really annoys my family!

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  21. Definitely a morning person

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  22. Those look great. Love the combination of chocolate and coffee

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  23. Lynsey Buchanan11 June 2014 at 16:48

    a night owl

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  24. Those brownies look soooo goooood!

    I am a morning person, I wake up early whether I like it or not.

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  25. Definitely a night owl! Can't wait to try that Espresso Caramel Cheesecake Brownies recipe by the way, those pictures are fab!

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  26. These days a morning person. Up at 6am to walk the dog, come rain or shine.

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  27. a morning person definitely - I can get so much done even before the rest of the household wake

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  28. Neither! Don't like early mornings or late nights x

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  29. The food looks so tasty! I am a night owl and my bf is a morning person, coffee is straight on the menu when I wake up.

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  30. I burn the candle at both ends!

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  31. Night time definitely

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  32. I'm firmly on the former camp I'm afraid and definitely jump out of bed fora. Great cup of coffee (and a. Slice or two of this!)

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  33. morning person really except I've insomnia so sometimes I can go a week with jjust a couple of hours sleep

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  34. A night owl, definitely

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  35. A morning person thankfully as I have to get up at 4am to start work at 5am!!

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  36. A morning girl, I can't stay up past 10pm! The kids wake early!

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  37. Neither, I am really not a morning person but i struggle to stay up late :( I suffer from bouts of insomnia grrrrr

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  38. debbie godbolt12 June 2014 at 02:09

    i hate mornings i love the early hours of silence on the pc x

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  39. these look gorgeous and so tasty must give them a go x

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  40. Definatley a morning person, love getting up early and creating in the kitchen before visitors wake up!

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  41. A morning person by necessity but a night owl at heart!

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  42. A morning person by necessity (my other half gets up at 5.30am) but a night owl at heart!

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  43. Coffee, caramel and chocolate. Three of my favourite things.

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  44. Definitely a night owl.

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  45. night owl, but my son is a morning person so I live on coffee

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  46. I am a night owl but as soon as I get my coffee, I am a morning person also.

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  47. A morning person, but can manage night owl if I have to

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  48. Night Owl
    dcavender@fsmail.net

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  49. Morning - but not too early!

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  50. The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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  51. morning person - but not that great in the mornings until after my coffee!

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  52. Definitely a night person

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  53. def morning person, my natural body clock wakes me between 5-6am

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  54. Night owl @Amezeylady

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  55. definitely a morning person

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  56. not a morning person but coffee is my first thing to make the day better

    @avelte2000

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  57. Morning.I rise early and easily.

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  58. Wow...these look...amazing! I don't think I could be trusted to share so it's probably for the best that I don't make this, ha.

    I'm a night owl but I'm starting to become a morning person - I have more energy these days since exercising regularly, which is nice.

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  59. I'm a night owl so I need gallons of coffee to get me through the morning!

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  60. I am a night owl with a Big Caffeine addiction :D

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  61. Definitely a night owl, hate the mornings

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  62. Much more a morning person - although with 3 small children you dont get much choice!!!!

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  63. What's morning? I'm definitely a night owl!

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  64. Night owl for sure, hate going to be early but have to be up early regardless so need my coffee!!

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  65. I am a morning person. but only just

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  66. I'm a night owl who is forced to be a morning person due to early shifts!

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  67. do not really think I am either. My kids have me up early every day but I am never happy about it! Then by the evening I am so tired that I go to bed early

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  68. I'm definately a night owl who struggles to pull her bum out of bed in the morning! Luckily my kids are not getting to the age I don't have to be up....doesn't stop me having a granny nap in the afternoon after work though :)

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  69. A night owl.I hate early mornings!

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  70. Morning person def!! I love getting up super early & making the most of the day

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  71. Will be making these at the weekend :)

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  72. a morning person, i cant stay up late , and im awake at 5 every morning!

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  73. Rebecca Woodroof22 June 2014 at 20:36

    Definatly a night owl, I hate mornings!

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  74. I am a late night coffee drinker and snacker

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  75. Night Owl - mornings are the worst!

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  76. night owl as i actually work nights

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  77. a night owl, i'm not very good at getting up in the morning :)

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  78. Not either really...probably better in the mornings though

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  79. I am a morning person (although I'm not as sprightly in the mornings as I used to be, unfortunately)

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  80. OMG! These cheesecake brownies sound and look so scrummy I could lick the screen!

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    1. Thank you! They were pretty addictive stuff indeed...

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  81. OMG they look amazing. I can't wait to try them myself. Thankyou

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  82. forgot to say; I'm a nightowl. My mother has always called me a vampire!!!

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  83. I'm both!! Lucky I guess... or could just be the amount of sugar I eat ;)

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  85. A morning person definitely, I get grouchy if I don't get to bed by a reasonable hour.

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  86. I'm definately a morning person , i start work at 6 am

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  87. I'm more of a night owl as I'm a bit slow in the mornings.

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  88. I am abit of both I enjoy late nights and early morning I hate lying in bed :)

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  89. Lucia Jefferson30 June 2014 at 11:22

    a morning person :)

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  90. faye huntington1 July 2014 at 23:20

    night owl, definitely! :) faye x

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  91. night owl because its the only time its quiet in my house

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  92. Morning person - up at 5 most mornings!!
    (Spencer Broadley)

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  93. both, up early, bed late so don't get much sleep

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  94. These look amazing Lucy, I will definitely be giving them ago! I used to be a morning person but the working world has turned me into the complete opposite!

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  95. Morning Person - but that stems from my childhood and having to get up at 5 to ride, muck out and feed the horses before school.

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  96. Night Owl.

    Rachel Craig

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  97. I'm a night owl - can't do mornings at all. Victoria B

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  98. Night Owl. I never seem to come alive until then much to the dismay of my OH who is a morning person.

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  99. Night owl, I only get through mornings with lots of very strong coffee !

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  100. a morning person :) @LyndaBrown5

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  101. neither lol, probably be night owl if i had to choose

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  102. Definitely a night owl

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  103. I'm definitely a morning person - don't even speak to me after about 9pm!

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  104. Georgia McAllister8 July 2014 at 14:57

    I'm a Night Owl

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  105. Morning for me

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  106. mouth is watering!! i'm a night owl though

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  107. I'm a night owl definitely... and can I just say seriously yum yum... your post just trashed the diet :)

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  108. I am a morning person!!

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  109. Morning person - but I do stay up late sometimes! Those Brownies look totally delicious!

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  110. A Night Owl, definitely, but with two young children, I have to be an early bird :-(

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  111. Both. I go to bed late and get up really early. I don't seem to need much sleep

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  112. Morning Person ... bed at 10 up at 5

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  113. I'm a morning person - unlike the rest of my family!

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  114. Night owl, hate getting up early to take the kids to school x

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  115. What an amazing giveaway and the brownies had me positively drooling they look so scrummy!! :D I am a morning person much to my partners annoyance :P

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  116. Definitely a night owl!

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  117. A night owl, I never see before 9am

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  118. night owl being a night worker for 20yrs

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  119. Both, I like to get up early and go to bed late, you're a long time dead!

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  120. Pam Francis Gregory9 July 2014 at 15:32

    Very much a mid afternoon person!!

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  121. A definite nightowl, I hate mornings!

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  122. I am a morning person, I have no choice really getting up at 4.30am for work every morning!

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  123. Morning person. Love early mornings out walking my dogs & get back and the house is all quiet, for a little while.

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  124. I'm definitely a morning person!

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  125. I am a real morning person, often waking up before 7am to crack on with the day.

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  126. I am most definitely a night owl!

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