These brownies make great gifts for Christmas. I gave them to family friends for Christmas last year and they were very well recieved. I forgot to take photo’s so next time I make them and wrap them up I will update the blog.
Some of the ladies that have tasted the brownies have begged me for the recipe, so here it is ladies.
Enjoy . . .
Makes: 15 Brownies
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tblsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 tsp espresso powder (I used Nescafe Instant Espresso)
- 100g slab of Lindt Dark Chocolate finely chopped (I use the Lindt Chilli Chocolate bar)
- 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F).
- Butter an 8 x 8 inch pan and line it with wax/parchment paper. Let the paper hang over the sides of the pan.
- Sift dry ingredients in a bowl and put to the side.
- In a large saucepan with the heat on low, combine the butter and espresso powder until the butter is melted.
- Add the finely chopped Lindt chocolate and stir until mixture is smooth.
- Remove from the heat and add the sugar, let the mixture cool slightly.
- Whisk the eggas and vanilla into the chocolate mixture (still in the pan). Mix until the sugar has melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture and stir until well combined.
- Finally stir in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared tin, smooth the top with a greased spatula
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. There might be a few crumbs on the toothpick but rather that than overbake it. DON’T OVERBAKE!
- Let the brownies dry completely before cutting them into pieces.
To give these delicious brownies as gifts buy a box/tin of your choice. I chose a metal container, similar to the ones below.
Take some coloured tissue paper and line the box/tin, place a piece of parchment/wax paper on the bottom. Place your brownies in the tin, if you have a deep tin box then place a piece of parchment paper inbetween each layer. Tie a colourful ribbon around the tin with a note and voila there is your gift.