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Going Baking Mad with chocolate brownie Santa hats

Going Baking Mad with chocolate brownie Santa hats

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Christmas is a great time to get baking and I love nothing better than switching the radio to all-day seasonal songs and getting messy in the kitchen!

The Baking Mad team were kind enough to send me a hamper of goodies to get my bake on and I had a lovely time clicking through the fab selection of recipes on their website to find something to take along to a party that we were going to on Saturday night.

Apron

What I love about BakingMad.com is that all the recipes are laid out clearly and simply with hints and tips for each stage. You can also enter ‘bake mode’ so that each step is on a separate screen that you just swipe through as you’re baking – genius!

There are so many yummy things to make (including this recipe for a traditional Christmas cake) but as time was a bit short I decided to use this easy and delicious chocolate brownie recipe to make these cute chocolate brownie Santa hats that I original saw over at I Heart Nap Time.

So effective and Christmassy!

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Chocolate brownie and strawberry Santa hats

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 150g Butter (unsalted)
  • 250g Dark chocolate
  • 175g Unrefined light muscovado sugar ( I used Billington’s)
  • Egg(s) (free range) large
  • 75g Plain white flour (I used Allinson’s)
  • 75g Almonds (ground)
  • Strawberries
  • Vanilla icing (I used a ready made one as I ran out of time but you could easily use the butter cream from this recipe)

The-ingredients

Brownie Recipe

METHOD

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan, gas mark 3) and grease and line a square 20cm cake tin.

Step 2: Place all of the chocolate into a bowl with the butter. Set the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Heat, stirring gently until melted. Remove the bowl from the pan and cool slightly. You can also do this in the microwave if time is short.

Chocolate-and-butter

Melted-chocolate-and-butter

Step 3: Beat the sugar into the chocolate mixture using an electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time until all combined. Sift in the flour and beat until the mixture is smooth. Add the almonds and mix well. I added some milk chocolate chunks at this point to add an extra gooiness to the finished brownies!

Flour-sugar-ground-almonds

Beating-sugar-into-chocolate

Chocolate-chunks

STEP 4: Pour the mix into the tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the brownie comes out clean.

Mixture-in-tin

Baked

STEP 5: Next using a small round cutter, push down, twist and lift to create the chocolate brownie bases.

Cutting-out-rounds

Chocolate-brownie-rounds

STEP 6: Put the icing in an icing bag (I use disposible ones from Lakeland) and swirl it over the brownies.

icing

Iced

STEP 7: Cut the tops off the strawberries so they will sit flat and place them in the centre of the icing.

Strawberry-hats

Strawberry-hats-on

STEP 8: Finally pipe a little of the left over icing onto the top of the strawberries to complete the Santa hats!

Icing-tops

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Linking up with Vicki’s Tasty Tuesdays at Honest Mum, Zaz’s All About You at Mama and More, Jenny’s Share With Me at Let’s Talk Mommy and Festive Food Friday at Taming Twins

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30 Comments

  1. It would be such fun to get the littles involved in making them – I made these ones on my own but now that I’ve done it once it would be fab tradition to start. Thanks for visiting x

  2. Thanks Jenny, they really were delicious too! *nom nom*

  3. To be honest it’s a bit of a shame to be using forced strawberries but they do look amazing I think… I suppose you could make a red hat out of fondant, but I like the slight tartness that the strawberries give. If you find an alternative let me know! x

  4. He he thank you! I couldn’t resist them… x

  5. Thanks lovely and for hosting one of my fav link ups x

  6. They are – and pretty effective too I think! Now just to think of a way to turn them into other festive treats for Easter, Valentines Day etc… *puts thinking cap on*… thanks for visiting x

  7. They do taste as good as they look too… well I had to make sure didn’t I? 😉

  8. Totally!! (I’ll keep the secret if you will 😉 )

  9. These look stunning! I have bookmarked for next Christmas so I can actually make something Christmassy for a change!
    Leila xx

  10. Oh these are adorable! Do the strawberries technically make them a health food too?! Really lovely, my kids would love them. Thanks for linking to #festivefoodfriday and happy Christmas!

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