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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Decadently fudgy Christmas tree brownies

I usually feel more miserable than merry around this time of year, but I am happy to say that I am finally excited about Christmas again.
I really didn’t expect to be feeling more cheerful and less discouraged right now, so it’s lovely to be looking forward to Christmas and the new year for a change.

It feels so strange though. Strange, but GOOD.

I have quite enjoyed shopping for Christmas presents and have found myself wanting to do fun festive things.

I haven’t really done much bloggable fun and festive stuff this month though as I have blown most of my energy on seeing Taylor Swift (she was amazing), taking my father out for his birthday, and a few trips to the shops. Maybe next year.

I really wanted to have some Christmas posts up at the beginning of December but I had to focus on the aforementioned things. I have done a little bit of baking over the last few days though, so today I have a delicious brownie recipe to share.

I made these decadently fudgy brownies last month and my family loved them so much that I decided to make them to give as homemade gifts for Christmas.

To make my brownies festive I cut them into triangles and decorated them with green icing and m&m’s so they looked like Christmas trees.

As much as I wanted to have perfectly decorated and fancy looking brownies, I had to keep it simple. I’m not entirely happy with how they turned out (they looked better in my head), but I think I’ve done okay to have produced something that is still delicious despite the summer heat and bad fatigue days.

I had trouble photographing these brownies as the icing and m&m’s started melting within minutes. Oh the joy of baking in summer in Australia! In future, I think if I want to photograph baked goods for a blog post I’m going to have to do it in the cooler months when food doesn’t melt so quickly.

They really do taste far better than they look though, I promise. They are impressively fudgy and they won’t disappoint.

Given that these brownies are incredibly simple and quick to make; they will probably be my go-to Christmas treat for years to come.

I have adapted this recipe from taste.com.au magazine and Blissful Brownies by Love Food. It should yield 9 triangles.

Brownie ingredients & method:
150g unsalted butter, chopped
150g milk baking chocolate, chopped
4 eggs, lightly whisked
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt

Step 1: Preheat oven to 180 degrees or 160 degrees for fan forced. Grease a 20cm round cake tin and then line the base with baking paper.

Step 2: Place egg, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt in a mixing bowl.

Step 3: Over a saucepan of boiling water, melt the butter and chocolate until smooth. Remove from heat and add to dry ingredients, mixing well.

Step 4: Pour brownie mixture into cake tin and bake for 35 minutes (brownies are ready when skewer comes out with crumbs clinging to it.

Step 5: Let the brownies cool completely before cutting into small, but wide triangles.

Fudge frosting ingredients & method:

4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon milk
2/3 cup icing sugar (confectioners' sugar)
1 teaspoon green food colouring
Milk chocolate m&m's

Step 1: Melt the butter and then add the milk, sugar and food colouring. Stir until smooth and refrigerate until spreadable.

Step 2: Spread on brownies with a spatula and decorate with m&m’s.
I hope to have some more festive posts up for you this week but I may have to share some after Christmas.







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