As well as the traditional seasonal spices, fruit and nuts, it wouldn’t be Christmas without chocolate in abundance too – and for me chocolate and mint is a dream pairing. These peppermint brownies are deliciously festive: the gooey, rich chocolate batter offset by the cool freshness of the mint. The recipe is via Good Housekeeping, to make the brownies you will need:
200g butter, plus extra for greasing
275g soft brown sugar
150g milk chocolate, roughly chopped
150g plain flour
2 large eggs
A few drops of peppermint extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
Icing sugar, to decorate.
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/ 160 Fan/ Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 20.5cm tin with baking parchment. In a large pan, gently heat the butter and chocolate until melted.
2) Take the pan off the heat and mix in the sugar, followed by the eggs and vanilla – the mixture becomes smooth and glossy as you stir.
Sift over the flour and add the peppermint, stirring until well combined.
Pour the lovely, glossy mixture into your prepared receptacle and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until a crust forms. You want it to still have a wee bit of wobble as it will carry on cooking and you don’t want the brownie to be overbaked.
Leave the brownie to cool completely in the tin, then lift out and cut into 16 squares.
Dust with icing sugar and serve. Lovely as it is or served warm, accompanied by a dollop of ice cream, as an indulgent festive dessert.
What are you baking this weekend? What’s your favourite festive chocolate combination?
Props: all vintage, plus snow globe bauble from a set of 3 via Laura Ashley.