It's December so that can only mean one thing, Christmas recipes. This is the first year that I have shared my own recipes on my blog and thought it would only be right to share my recipe for Christmas brownies. I love brownies, they are gooey, moist and delicious and I have added two Christmas ingredients in this bake: glace cherries and Brazil nuts. With every bite, the glace cherries and Brazil nuts really come through and enhances this classic tray bake. I love the texture of the glace cherries in this bake and will probably stock up on some so I can make this bake in the new year. I like to add Christmas decorations (mainly green, red and white sprinkles which can be brought from Home Bargains) to make my Christmas brownies more colourful. My only recommendation is that this should be eaten with mulled wine for a true experience.
Here is how my Christmas brownies turned out:
This was super simple as I used the microwave to melt the chocolate, butter and also to make the ganache.
|Butter added to melted chocolate.|
I then added the eggs, vanilla and sugar to the mixture and mixed everything together.
|Eggs and sugar added.|
I then added plain flour to the mixture, followed by glace cherries and Brazil nuts and mixed into the mixture.
|Glace cherries and Brazil nuts.|
Once everything was in-cooperated I placed the mixture into a brownie tin and baked for around 35 minutes.
|Brownie mixture pre-bake.|
Once baked, I left to cool. Meanwhile I heated 100g dark chocolate and 50g butter in the microwave in 30 second blasts and left to cool.
|Lazy girls ganache.|
Recipe - makes 15 squares
100g dark chocolate
100g milk chocolate
115g butter, plus extra for greasing
3 eggs, beaten
5ml vanilla extract
300g caster sugar
200g glace cherries
50g Brazil nuts, chopped
For the chocolate topping
100g dark chocolate
1) Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas mark 5. Grease a square cake tin or brownie tin and line the base with baking parchment.
2) Break the dark and milk chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and heat in the microwave in 30 second blasts *4 and stir after each blast until the chocolate is melted.
3) Once the chocolate has melted stir in the beaten eggs. vanilla and sugar. Mix all the ingredients well together.
4) Sift the flour into the chocolate mixture. Add the glace cherries and chopped Brazil nuts until combined. Pour the mixture into the brownie tin.
5) Bake for around 30-35 minutes. The brownies are cooked when the mixture is set yet moist, leave to cool in the tin.
6) When the brownies are baking make the chocolate gancache topping. Place the dark chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl and place in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Leave to set and spread on top of the brownies once they are cool.
I am entering my Christmas brownies to a number of blogging challenges this month. First up is Calendar Cakes whose theme this months Jingle Bell Rocks, this is hosted by the lovely http://www.dollybakes.co.uk and http://lauralovescakes.blogspot.co.uk/.
Next up is Lets Cook Christmas Food hosted by Nayana from http://www.simplysensationalfood.com/. This theme focuses on vegetarian Christmas party food.
Next up is Alpha Bakes which is hosted by http://themorethanoccasionalbaker.blogspot.co.uk/ and http://www.carolinemakes.net/. This monthly theme asked followers to bake a recipe from a randomly selected letter, this month it is X.
I'm also entering my Xmas Brownies to Tea Time Treats which is hosted by http://www.whatkatebaked.com/ and http://www.lavenderandlovage.com/. This months theme is Festive Foods Gifts, I think my brownies would make a lovely Christmas gift.
I'm also entering into Treat Petite which is hosted by http://www.cakeyboi.com/ and http://www.thebakingexplorer.com/, this months theme is Happy Holidays.
Another blogging challenge I'm entering my Xmas brownies to is to Four Seasons Food hosted by http://www.delicieux.eu/ and http://www.eatyourveg.co.uk/, this month's theme is Party Food.
Biscuit Barrel Challenge is up next, this month's theme is Quick and Easy which is hosted by http://idmuchratherbakethan.blogspot.co.uk/. Although my brownies are not biscuits, this blogging criteria is as long as the bake fits in a cookie or biscuit container the entry will be accepted. My brownies are super quick to make especially when you melt all the ingredients in the microwave :-).
Finally, I'm also submitting my Xmas brownies to Family Foodies which is hosted by http://www.eatyourveg.co.uk and http://bangermashchat.wordpress.com/. This months theme is Kids Christmas. I'm sure all the kiddies will love making and eating my Xmas brownies.