Sunday, 11 December 2016

QUICK & EASY CHRISTMAS TREE BROWNIES - BLOGMAS DAY 11


Welcome to Day 11 of Blogmas!

I  have been so busy over the last week baking Christmas treats that would be perfect for any Christmas party or even to take into work as treats for all of your work colleagues to enjoy. Over the last couple of days I have uploaded a couple more Christmas treats recipes, including Chocolate Bark and Chocolate Reindeer Cupcakes. Today I thought I would share with you a recipe that I saw when I watched Zoella's Quick & Easy Christmas Treats video, and I knew that I wanted to make this brownies myself. These Christmas Tree Brownies look and taste amazing and when I saw them being baked by Zoella I knew that I wanted to share them in my Quick & Easy Christmas Treats Series. The recipe is so easy to follow and you do not need to be an experienced baker to make these delicious brownies. Also, you only need six ingredients so saving on time and money. Not only do these brownies look professional but they taste amazing; plus they are perfect to make with children over the holiday season. Zoella was inspired to make these brownies after seeing the recipe on the blog "One Little Project." I would definitely recommend looking at this blog as they have some amazing and really simple recipes that you can make to impress your friends and family over the festive season. I love Christmas baking, and usually I will always make everything from scratch but this is the one time of year that I allow myself to cheat and buy a box of chocolate brownie mix and a tub of vanilla icing for this recipe. You can make these the night before the party and they will stay moist and delicious for the next day!!


Makes: Approximately 15 | Prep Time: 30-40 minutes (including decorating) | 
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes

What Will You Need ...

1 Box of Chocolate Brownie Mix
1 Tub of Vanilla Icing
Green Food Colouring
Multi-Coloured Sprinkles
Star Sprinkles or Snowflake Sprinkles
Candy Canes

Method ...

Firstly, grease and line a deep baking tray with greaseproof paper (I also had to grease the paper with some butter so that the paper did not stick to the brownies). Also, if you have a larger baking tray, like the one I used, then you may need two boxes of brownie mix so you can fill the whole tray.

Pre-heat the oven to 180c. In a mixing bowl empty the contents of the brownie mix and follow the directions on the box (they are usually very simple to follow). Add the vegetable oil, eggs and water and mix the ingredients together until fully combined. Do not worry if there are lumps in the batter, as this usually happens. Once the ingredients are combined, pour the mixture into the lined baking tray and place in the oven for approximately 20-25 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean and the top looks shiny).

Once the brownies are baked, remove them from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for around 30 minutes, until they are cool to the touch. Remove the brownies from the tin and leave to cool for another hour, until they are completely cool and have firmed up slightly. Then remove the greaseproof paper from the brownies and cut into triangles (by cutting in alternating diagonals). I cut the brownies into three strips and then cut the triangles out of each strip; I got roughly 15-20 triangles from each batch I made).

Spoon the vanilla icing into a smaller bowl and add 2-3 drops of green food colouring and mix until combined. Keep adding a couple of drops of food colouring at a time until you get the shade of green that you want. Leave the icing to firm up slightly in the fridge for roughly 20-30 minutes. Whilst the icing is firming up, unwrap the candy canes from their packaging and cut/break the candy canes into long pieces (roughly 4cm in length). Press each piece of candy cane into the bottom of the brownie triangles; so that they look like the tree trunks of Christmas trees.

Once the icing had firmed up slightly, remove from the fridge and spoon into a piping bag (you don't need a nozzle in the piping bag) or you could use a zip lock bag instead. Seal the bag or piping bag and cut off a small corned of the bag with a pair of scissors. Starting at the top of the brownie triangles, gently squeeze the icing onto the brownies going backwards and forwards; so it will look like a curvy zig zag line. Finally add some sprinkles and add a small star or snowflake decoration at the top of the tree.

These brownies are amazing and they are so easy to make; you don't have to be an experienced baker to make these Christmas Tree Brownies. Everyone will be so impressed when you say you have made them and no-one needs to know that the brownie mix was from a box. These are also a great treat to make with children as they are so easy to make. Also make sure to go check out the blog "One Little Project" as they have some amazing recipes on their blog that will be great to make over the festive period.

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