Sunday, 18 December 2016

Peppermint Christmas Tree Brownies

Back in July, I was browsing Pinterest to get ideas of what to make this Christmas. I came across a picture of Christmas Tree shaped brownies that looked incredibly cute! I definitely wanted to try baking some of my own; I thought I would add peppermint to the mixture too, as for me mint just screams Christmas. If you're a brownie lover (like me) then you have definitely got to try these out. They're so simple to make, but they look like you've spent a lot of time and effort making them. This recipe makes 16 Christmas trees; keep reading to find out how I made mine!

For the peppermint brownies:
  • 200g Butter
  • 300g chopped Milk Chocolate
  • 300g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 160g Plain Flour
  • 60g Cocoa Powder
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • A few drops of Peppermint Extract
For the decoration:
  • 3/4 Cup of Icing Sugar
  • Green Food Colouring
  • Sprinkles of your choice
  • Mini Candy Canes
For the brownies:
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°c and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
  2. In a large bowl set over a pan of simmering water, gently heat your chocolate and butter together until melted
  3. Take the bowl off the heat and whisk in your sugar, then your eggs and vanilla extract, mix until light and bubbly
  4. Sift your flour and cocoa powder into the bowl, then add your peppermint extract and mix well until combined (try to knock out as little air as possible)
  5. Pour your mixture into the tin and bake for 20-25 minutes until it's set and crispy on top, but gooey in the middle (don't worry if there is a slight wobble to the mixture - it will continue to cook as it cools)
  6. Let the brownie cool completely in the tin (roughly 2 hours is best), then lift it out and use a sharp knife to cut it into triangles
To decorate:
  1. Use a sharp knife to cut the candy canes into 1.5" pieces
  2. Press the sharper end of the candy cane into the bottom of the brownie triangles
  3. Prepare the icing by sifting the icing sugar into a bowl and add water and food colouring until a semi-thick paste is made
  4. Transfer into a piping bag, or make your own with a zip-lock bag and snipping off a tiny corner
  5. Starting at the top of the tree, gently squeeze the icing out of the bag moving in a zigzag as you go down the tree
  6. Add your favourite sprinkles on the top
I hope you enjoy making these Peppermint Christmas Tree Brownies as much as I did, they are the perfect treat for a Christmas party or just for sitting around the fire with the family. Everyone loves a chocolate brownie, so with this Christmas makeover its bound to go down a treat. Thanks for reading,

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