Christmas Brownies

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The holidays have officially started and to celebrate I made my usual brownies from The Hummingbird cafe and added a little festive twist to them. Brownies are always a winner, who doesn’t a good ole fudgy brownie. To make them even more indulgent I topped them with a Lindt chocolate ganache, Chantilly cream and a strawberry for one of my five a day, ha! 

I preheated the oven to 170C (standard) and melted 200g of Lindt cooking chocolate with 175g of unsalted butter in a bowl over simmering water until melted and smooth. Removing from the heat I stirred in 325g of sugar until well incorporated, then I stirred in 130g of plain flour.

Next I stirred in 3 eggs, one at a time. Finally I sprinkled in about 40g of dessicated coconut, I put in roughly two and a half handfuls, I like a lot of coconut. I spooned the mixture into my baking tray (33cm x 23cm) and spread it out to the edges using a spatula. Into the oven they went for between 30-35 minutes, they’re usually to my liking at about 32 minutes. They should still be quite soft in the centre but flaky on top.

I left them to cool and went to make the ganache. In a saucepan I brought 140ml of double cream to a boil, then added in 220g of lindt lindor chocolate and stirred until smooth. I poured the ganache into a bowl and left it to cool. While I was waiting for everything to cool I went and made a batch of daim cookie dough, see my next post for that recipe.

Once the brownies had cooled I cut them into little squares, I also had to taste one too of course, just to be on the safe side, haha. I spooned about a teaspoon of ganache onto each one and used my spatula to spread it out evenly. I whipped up some Chantilly cream with cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract. I topped the strawberries and put a dollop of cream on each brownie, dipped the tops of the strawberries into the cream and placed them onto the brownies. I sprinkled each brownie with some edible green glitter, if I could put my edible glitter on everything I happily would, haha.

The Result

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These brownies are not for the faint-hearted, they’re quite decadent but the cream and strawberry lighten them a little, I really liked the ganache, this is the usual ganache that I would put on my yule log, but it was my first time using lindt lindor chocolate. As with most brownies they taste even nicer the next day, well that was my excuse for having one with my breakfast this morning anyways. More festive recipes to follow.

 

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