Fudgy Chocolate Brownies… with a Christmassy twist! by Holly Hepburn
Well look at that! Suddenly the seasons have changed and we find ourselves in December. I can think of nothing more I want than to hunker down with a good book, a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. To spread this joy, I thought I’d share my favourite recipe for fudgy chocolate brownies with a Christmassy twist.
For my brownies, you’ll need:
- 200g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
- 200g unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into cubes
- 100g plain flour
- 40g cocoa powder
- 50g white chocolate chopped up into chunks
- 50g milk chocolate chopped up into chunks
- 3 large eggs
- 270g golden caster sugar
- 20cm brownie tin
To make the brownies pre-heat your oven to 180C/gas mark 4 and fill a small saucepan with about a quarter full with hot water, then sit a bowl on top making sure it doesn’t touch the water. Place the butter and chocolate in the bowl and allow to melt whilst stirring occasionally. While you wait, sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a bowl and set aside. Once the mixture has completely melted, remove the bowl from the pan and allow to cool.
Now, break the eggs into a large bowl and tip in the sugar. Whisk together until the mix is thick, creamy and has doubled in size. This will be much easier with a hand mixer.
Pour the cooled chocolate over the whisked mixture then fold together with a spatula or wooden spoon. Make sure to incorporate the chocolate and the eggs together without losing too much air. Now resift the flour and cocoa over the egg and chocolate mixture. and gently fold in this powder until it looks smooth and appetising.
Finish by stirring in the chopped chocolate and pouring into a 20cm brownie tin lined with baking paper and smoothing into place with your spatula. Place in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes, ensuring that the brownie mixture has completely set before you remove from the oven.
Once your brownies have cooled, remove from the tin and cut into triangles, snaffling the offcuts while you work.
Decorate your brownies with a combination of green icing, sprinkles and smarties so they have the effect of Christmas trees.
A slightly less festive version of the brownies I made earlier!
I hope this recipe brings you joy and you are feeling Christmassy despite the doom and gloom. Even now, I can’t think of a more romantic and hopeful time than the one before Christmas, which is why I set the conclusion to The Little Shop of Hidden Treasures in winter. To me, this season is so much more than traditions and presents. It’s smiles, Christmas movies, ice-skating or perhaps just a big snuggly scarf. But it’s also about looking back on the year we’ve had, feeling proud and then taking a break. It’s the cold scent of change on the wind and a distinct sense of hope for the future.
Which feels like what we all need right now! A little hope… and a brownie.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!