Valentine’s Day Brownies | Pastry Recipes

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  • Our Valentine’s Day brownies are sure to be a great addition to your romantic evening.

    Although the formula for these delicious treats is based on our original chocolate brownie recipe, we’ve added a few sweet additions to make this a truly special Valentine’s Day dessert this year. Not only are the brownies cut in a heart shape, but we’ve added red swirl cake mix and food coloring to bring out the color so synonymous with the occasion. If dark chocolate isn’t enough for you, you can add chunks of white chocolate to the mix to make these brownies even sweeter.

    Ingredients

    • Brownie mix:

    • 2 bars of 100 g dark chocolate

    • 100 g unsalted butter, very soft

    • 250g caster sugar

    • 4 large free-range eggs, beaten to blend

    • 1 tsp vanilla essence

    • 60g plain flour

    • 60g cocoa powder

    • Red Swirl Cake Mix

    • 1 egg

    • 50g of butter

    • 50g caster sugar

    • 50g plain flour

    • red food coloring

    • Decorate:

    • Icing sugar

    • heart shaped cookie cutters

    Method

    • Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Mark 4 and grease and line a baking sheet.

    • To make the brownie mixture, break up the dark chocolate and melt it in short bursts in the microwave, stirring in between. Let cool.

    • Combine butter and sugar in the bowl of a mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs and vanilla essence.

    • Stir in the melted chocolate, then sift the flour and cocoa into the mixture and stir until fully combined.

    • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking sheet and spread it evenly.

    • To make red cake mix, mix all ingredients (except food coloring) until well blended. Add a few drops of food coloring at a time until you achieve the desired color.

    • Drizzle the red cake mixture over the brownie mixture, using a fork to swirl the mixture over the surface.

    • Bake in a hot oven for about 20-25 minutes until firm to the touch but still a bit bubbly. Let cool.

    • To decorate with icing sugar hearts, simply place heart-shaped cookie cutters on the surface of the brownie and lightly sift the icing sugar around them. You can also cut out paper or cardboard hearts and place them on top of the brownie before sprinkling.

    Top tips for making Valentine’s Day brownies:

    When putting the food coloring in the brownies, be careful not to overmix the batter. This is something people often do when including food coloring in baking, but it can toughen the brownie mixture. Just mix the ingredients enough to combine them together.

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