Friday was my last day at the office for the year and I thought I would make these little treasures to celebrate the occasion. It’s my all time favourite brownie recipe teamed up with cute ‘Santa hat’ strawberry decorations.
Here is what you will need to make 12 generous sized portions.
- 200g Butter
- 150g Light Soft Brown Sugar
- 350g Golden Caster Sugar
- 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
- 250g Chocolate (I use half Milk, half Dark)
- 4 Eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 200g Plain Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 4 tbsp Cocoa Powder
For The Decoration
- 100g Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
- 200g Icing Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Splash of Whole Milk
- Punnet of Strawberries
- Icing Sugar to dust
Preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C.
Grease and line a 29 x 19cm rectangular baking tray.
Don’t panic if the mixture splits at this point, in this recipe it won’t really matter.
Beat the eggs in a jug, stir them into the chocolate mixture in 2 parts, then add in the vanilla extract.
It’s likely that the sides will be slightly more risen and the centre will have sunk a little. Don’t worry about this. Once you’ve cut out the slices, you can push the taller side down to flatten them out.
When completely cooled, cut into 12 equal pieces.
To make the vanilla buttercream, beat the butter either in an electric stand mixer or in a large bowl with an electric hand whisk. Do this until it is very light and smooth. Gradually add in the icing sugar beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and a splash of whole milk if you need to loosen it a little. Load into a piping bag prepared with a nozzle of your choosing. (I used the 2D drop flower nozzle)
Cut the tops and bottoms off each strawberry.
Pipe a round swirl on each brownie, place a strawberry on top and pipe a little ‘blob’ on the peak of the strawberries. Dust with a little icing sugar to make them really Christmassy!
If you don’t like strawberries, you can always make some little fondant holly & ivies to sit on top of the buttercream instead.
These disappeared VERY quickly at the office! I honestly adore this brownie recipe. It’s not like those awful, dry sponge imitations that you get from the supermarket… it’s a real, gooey, indulgent chocolate brownie. Just the way they’re supposed to be. And with the pretty, festive decorations – they would make the perfect pud for your Christmas buffet table.
I hope you all enjoyed the post my lovelies and have a very Merry Christmas!