Baking success!

Last week we had our first ever baking class over Zoom!

Everyone taking part made their own brownies and they all worked out well thanks to the guidance of Siti who led the class.

We made delicious dark chocolate brownies and decorated them as Christmas Trees.

It was a fun afternoon and many of the participants joined in at home with their chidren and grandchildren.

Some comments;

‘Ive just had one after tea, they were divine.’

‘They tasted gorgeous, they won’t last long in my house!’

‘Thank you, I really enjoyed baking with everyone, it’s been a lovely afternoon and Siti was a good and patient tutor.’

‘Thank you, I really enjoyed it today. The kids are busy enjoying decorating them.’

Here are some photos of the brownies made;

If you would like to make your own brownies, the recipe is outlined below;

Christmas Tree Brownies

INGREDIENTS

  • 150g Butter (Unsalted)
  • 200g Dark Chocolate (broken into pieces)
  • 250g Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 pinch of Salt
  • 3 Eggs (Free Range)
  • 100ml Espresso Coffee (optional)
  • 100g Plain White Flour

METHOD

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 9cm x 13cm baking tin with butter and line with baking paper. Ensure to leave 2 inches overhang on at least 2 sides so that the brownie is easy to remove from the pan.

Melt the butter and chocolate in large heatproof bowl over a Bain Marie. Remove from heat once melted and leave to cool.

Stir the sugar, vanilla and salt into the butter and chocolate mixture, then whisk in the eggs and beat until smooth.

Stir in the coffee, then sift in the flour and beat until glossy. Set aside.

Spoon the brownie mixture into the lined tin, bake in a preheated oven for 30 mins – you may have to cover the tin with foil for the last 10 minutes of cooking to prevent the top from over browning.

Remove from the oven, allow to cool in the tin and then cut into triangles by making 2 horizontal slices across the brownie.

Then make diagonal cuts to create the triangular tree shapes (can use triangle shape cookie cutter).

TO DECORATE

  • 1 cup vanilla frosting (buttercream)
  • Green food colouring (gel type)
  • Christmas theme sprinkles (or any sprinkles)
  • 12 candy cane stick, Cadbury finger or pretzel stick
  • Disposable piping bag (or plastic food bag with a small hole for the nozzle in a corner)

Stir together vanilla frosting and green food colouring. Start with 5 drops of the green colouring for a start and add more if you prefer more deeper green shade.

Spoon the frosting into a disposable piping bag and snip off the tip. Squeeze the frosting in a zigzag pattern over each tree.

Insert your chosen candy stick into the widest part of each tree to create the tree trunk. Finally, top with Christmas theme sprinkles.