Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Brownie 'Mince Pies' | Blogmas #14

I am not a huge lover of Mince Pies, however I have seen floating around a new take on Mince Pies, Brownie Pies! This is so indulgent, but oh my goodness, so delicious!

Brownie Pies have the sweet shortcrust pastry that normal Mince Pies have but instead have a delicious Brownie filling, sounds delicious right?! I know you want to know how to make them so let me tell you!

You will need:
  • Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
  • 185g Unsalted Butter
  • 185g Dark Chocolate
  • 85g Plain Flour
  • 40g Cocoa Powder
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 275g Caster Sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Grease a muffin tray and cut out circles of pastry to go in them.
  3. Cut the butter into small cubes and put in a medium sized heatproof bowl. Break the chocolate into small pieces and into the bowl. Fill a saucepan a quarter of the way with hot water and let it simmer. Put the bowl on top but make sure it is not touching the water. Melt the butter and chocolate, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn't burn. Take the bowl off the saucepan and let the mixture cool.
  4. Put the plain flour and cocoa powder in a sieve and sift over a medium bowl to get all of the lumps out.
  5. Break the eggs into a bowl and add the caster sugar. Use an electric whisk to whisk the eggs and sugar together until they look thick and creamy. It should also double in volume. 
  6. Pour the chocolate mixture over the egg mixture and use a spatula to fold the chocolate in. Use a figure of eight and rotate the bowl to make sure it is fully mixed in. 
  7. Hold a sieve over the egg and chocolate mixture, and resift the cocoa powder and flour into it. Use a figure of eight motion again and fold the flour into the chocolate and egg. It should look like a fudgy mix but don't overdo the mixing otherwise you will knock all of the air out.
  8. Spoon the Brownie mix into the pastry, don't overfill it and leave a little bit of pastry around the edge so it can rise in the oven. Cut out some festive shapes or a circle to put on top to make the pie.
  9. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, making sure that the brownie is cooked through.
  10. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

How delicious do these look?! These are definitely my go to for baking now.

What is your favourite thing to bake at Christmas?

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