Sunday, 23 October 2016

WHITE CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY BROWNIES

Last year I posted on my blog about these white chocolate chunk brownies that I loved to make all the time. But as it is now getting closer to Halloween I thought how could I make them slightly more spooky without ruining the texture and the look of the brownies. So I decided to add fresh raspberries
into the batter; so when you open the brownie up it will look like blood oozing out as the raspberries will cook and become a lot softer. These will make amazing treats for Halloween parties and everyone will be going back for seconds! These are incredible and you could add anything to the batter, whether it is salted caramel, hazelnuts or even strawberry pieces!! These will definitely be a crowd hit!! Perfect with a hot chocolate and warmed up with some cream on a cold day!!





Serves: 15 | Prep Time: 10-15 minutes | Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes

You will need ...

65g Plain Flour
160g Unsalted Butter
250g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2tsp Vanilla Extract
100g Cocoa Powder
100g Milk or Dark Chocolate
Pinch of Salt
White Chocolate Chips
Fresh Raspberries

Method ...

Firstly you will want to pre-heat your oven to 180c and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Then in a microwaveable bowl, add the unsalted butter and heat for 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat but only for 15 seconds at a time until the butter is completely melted.

Add the sugar to the melted butter and stir until both are incorporated (but remember that the bowl will be very hot!!) Once the two ingredients have been combined, add the vanilla and cocoa powder and stir until all the ingredients are mixed together. Then add one egg at a time while mixing. Make sure to not over-stir the mixture, so stop as soon as all the ingredients have combined together!

In another bowl, break the milk or dark chocolate into smaller chunks. Then melt the chocolate by placing a bowl over a saucepan of hot water (you can also microwave the chocolate but keep stirring the chocolate after every 30 seconds so it does not become grainy!) Leave the chocolate to cool slightly, but do not let it fully set, and then add the chocolate to the rest of the mixture and stir until incorporated.

Sieve the plain flour, baking powder and salt into the chocolate mixture and gently fold the dry ingredients until combined with the rest of the mixture. Then at this stage add your white chocolate chips or chunks (you can also add other ingredients like hazelnuts, other fruit or even chunks of salted caramel)! Stir your added ingredients into the mixture.

Transfer the mixture into a lined or greased baking tray, and spread out the mixture so it is all even and smooth. Then add your fresh raspberries into the mixture by inserting each raspberry randomly in the mixture. Place your baking tray into the oven for between 20 and 25 minutes or until the top of the brownie mixture looks shiny. Let it cool slightly in the tray and then transfer onto a wire rack to fully cool down. Once completely cool, chop the brownies into squares or rectangles. Finally dust with icing sugar and then present them to your guests!!




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