Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Sweet and Simple Bakes Monthly Bake ~ Snow-Flecked Brownies

For this month's bake at Sweet and Simple Bakes I chose these absolutely amazing brownies! We had not baked brownies over at Sweet and Simple Bakes and I was so excited to introduce this recipe to our bakers. This is my all time favourite brownie recipe which I make time and time again and one I am sure our bakers will keep making too. These brownies are the essence of decadence, with their gooey chocolate centre, studded with chunks of white chocolate and the final touch, a light dusting of icing sugar for a snowy effect! Perfect for the Christmas season.

Please pop over to Sweet and Simple Bakes (from the 2nd December) to view more brownie entries! If you would like to be part of our monthly bakes, we would be delighted to have you join in and bake with us – everyone is welcome! Visit our site for further details about joining.

Snow-Flecked Brownies

Ingredients
375g best quality dark chocolate
375g unsalted butter at room temperature
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
6 eggs (large)
350g caster sugar (superfine)
1 teaspoon salt
225g plain flour
250g white chocolate buttons or chips, or white chocolate chopped into chunks (or your own choice of chocolate)
2 tsp icing sugar, for dusting

Tin measuring approx 33cm x 23cm x 5.5cm

Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4/350F.

Line the sides and base of a 33 x 23 x 5.5com baking tin with foil or baking parchment.

Melt the butter and dark chocolate together in a large heavy based pan.

In a bowl or wide mouthed large measuring jug, beat the eggs together with the caster sugar and vanilla extract.

Allow the chocolate mixture to cool a little, then add the egg and sugar mixture and beat well. Fold in the flour and salt. Then stir in the white chocolate buttons or choped white chocolate. Beat to combine then scrape and pour the brownie mixture into the prepared tin.

Bake for 25 minutes, You can see when the brownies are ready because the top dries to a slightly paler brown speckle, while the middle remains dark, dense and gooey. Even with such a big batch you do need to keep checking on it: the difference between gungey brownies and dry ones is only a few minutes. Remember, too, that they will continue to cook as they cool.

To serve, cut into squares while still warm and pile up on a large plate, sprinkling with icing sugar pushed with a teaspoon through a small sieve.

25 comments:

Lisa said...

Yours look wonderful Maria! This is now my favourite brownie recipe too and I can't wait to make another batch! x

Happy cook said...

Wow they just look so so moist , i can imagine biting into them. Drool ;-)

natalia said...

Ciao Maria ! Thanks for this wonderful recipe ! Yours look divine !!!

Sasha said...

Oh, what beautiful brownies! They look so dense, and I love the white chocolate peeping through : )

Anna said...

I've made these a few times now, I was just saying to KJ, I usually half the recipe as they make such a huge amount- they look yummy!

Lucie said...

Maria, these are now my favourite ever brownies - they were almost truffle like the texture was so decadent - thank you! Lucie X

Chele said...

Oh this recipe is so being made again and again! Thank you for picking it for this months challenge ;0)

MaryBeth said...

WOW..these are so adorable and delish looking. They look really moist .

The Girl said...

Another great recipe - thank you so much!!

Going to be making these for a little office Christmas Eve party we're having - everybody's looking forward to them!

booksandbakes said...

Your brownies look wonderfully fudgey! And thanks so much for the work you put in to SweetAndSimple- you star!
Rosie of BooksAndBakes

AppleC said...

Best pick yet! I loved the simplicity of this recipe and the great texture and taste. Perfect!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Your gorgeous perfectly gooey brownies were mine & everybodys inspiration for baking this month-i can gorge on these every single day!
Thank u Maria-u rock!

Tessa said...

Thanks for coordinating the group! Your brownies look great!

lakegirl said...

Great choice! I loved this recipe, it's my new favorite brownie recipe. Thanks for hosting this group!

Colleen said...

Brownies are a favorite of mine! I occassionally do the snow flecked top, but not too often.

Now just if we could get snow to stay finally!

Jacqueline said...

Chocolate brownies, yum! What's not to like?

Heather said...

These look so good! I wanted to make them but was just baked out over Thanksgiving. I would love to try them soon.

Choclette said...

Your brownies look so scrumptious. Thank you for this recipe - mine just got better and better with each passing day.

pityenlacocina said...

these look so yummy Maria, well done! cheers,

Buttaz said...

Those look fabulously moist in the middle. That's what I'll have to aim for next time...

Margaret said...

The brownies look wonderful Maria.

Sarah said...

Wow, so decadently delicious, my mouth is watering already!
Love the blog.x

Lucie said...

Happy New Year Maria,
I've just been given an award for my blog and am now passing it on to you as one of my favourite blogs. To collect the award go to my blog
http://cookingatmarystow.blogspot.com/2010/01/blog-award.html

It does take a while to do this, so please don't feel obligated :)
Love Lucie x

Bea said...

¿Cómo estás Maria?, espero que todo vaya bien por ahí, y que solo tengas un "bajón" de blog!!!!

Un beso muy fuerte y Feliz Año Nuevo!!!


Bea

Heather said...

These brownies are unbelievably rich and delicious, and the recipe makes a lot of them. Definitely my best brownie recipe so far. I got quite a kick of telling people at my Church reception that they were English brownies and better than American!