Today we have the first of many baking posts. If you love brownies you’re in for a treat. I’ll be sharing how you can make these spiced brownies shaped like trees.
Side note: the ones in my photos are Black Forest Gataue ones, so slightly different to this recipe!
You can’t go wrong with a gooey brownie, I took these bad boys into work and it’s safe to say they went down a treat. In fact they were gone within minutes of me placing them down, nothing is safe in my workplace!
This recipe is rather basic, which is must for me as I’m far from a baker, I like to dabble. Usually I’m a serial underbaker…. However these came out beaut.
You will need
? 150g dark chocolate
? 150g unsalted butter
? 125g caster sugar
? 100g plain flour
? 3 large eggs
? 1 tbsp maple syrup
? 1tsp vanilla extract
? 1/4 tsp cinnamon (I add more because I’m obsessed)
? 1/4 tsp mixed spice
? 1/4 tsp baking powder
? a few gratings of nutmeg
? a decent pinch of ground cloves
? 75g Royal icing
? sprinkles of your choice
? chocolate fingers
Then add these all to a bowl and mix…. joking, unfortunately you need to follow a delicate method to get perfect. I’ve deffo learnt this lesson with all my baking fails.
1) As always, pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4/180’C. Line the tin of your choice, I’ll be using a circular tin.
2) Melt the chocolate and butter in a glass bowl over a saucepan with simmering water. Ensure the bowl doesn’t touch the water otherwise you’ll burn the mixture. Stir until all lumps have dissolved and mixture is smooth. Then allow to cool for around 20 minutes.
3) Grab a large bowl and wooden spoon, beat eggs, caster sugar and vanilla extract. Then beat all your spices in. Add your cooled chocolate mixture to this. Slowly stir together.
4) Let’s add another bowl to the mix, you need to sift flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Now fold this mixture into your chocolatey goodness. Make sure it’s all mixed well and no flour can be seen.
5) Pour your mixture into your pre-lined tin. Bake for around 20-30 minutes. You want the top of the brownie too look nice and set. Keep a beady eye on your bake, you don’t want it to burn. Once done allow to cool before attempting to unmould. You’ll have a hot mess otherwise!
6) Cut the brownies into triangles, you should get around 12. This is optional but you can cut off the rounded edge to get a straight line. The bonus of this is you get to nibble the offcuts!
Let’s get decorating
1) Mix the icing sugar with 2 teaspoons of water. Make sure that’s there’s no lumps! You want it to be thick and not too runny. Drizzle or pipe zigzags on the get sprinkling. Pop a chocolate finger in the bottom and your brownies are ready to be shared or devoured by yourself!
I’ll deffo be making another batch of these before Christmas. You can easily experiment with the flavours. Maybe add peppermint for a fresher brownie or chocolate orange sounds rather tempting. The possibilities are endless.
Tomorrow’s blogs spoiler: jubilant fashion