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Christmas Tree Brownies

A quick and easy way to turn an everyday bake into a festive feast. Add ready to roll icing to chocolate brownies to create Christmas trees.

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Baking ingredients

  • 150 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g plain chocolate - chopped
  • 200 g milk chocolate - chopped
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 75 g plain flour - sieved
  • 100 g white chocolate - chopped

Decorating ingredients

  • 100 g Renshaw Lincoln Green Ready to Roll Icing
  • 50 g Renshaw Yellow Ready to Roll Icing
  • 50 g Renshaw Poppy Red Ready to Roll Icing
  • 50 g Renshaw Baby Blue Ready to Roll Icing


Baking Instructions:

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas 4.

Step 2

Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper.

Step 3

Put the chopped plain and milk chocolate and unsalted butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Heat until melted, stirring occasionally.

Step 4

Remove the bowl from the pan and allow the chocolate mixture to cool slightly.

Step 5

Beat the caster sugar and vanilla into the chocolate mixture.

Step 6

Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the plain flour. Beat until smooth.

Step 7

Stir in the white chocolate chunks.

Step 8

Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Step 9

Cool completely in the tin before removing.

Step 10

Cut into 20 squares.

Decorating the Brownies:

Step 11

Knead the green icing until smooth and pliable, then roll out on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar.

Step 12

For the twisted tree effect, cut as many long strips as you want, around 1cm wide. Use a ruler or the side of a smoother to get a straight edge.

Step 13

Gently twist each strip from each end until the twist meets in the middle.

Step 14

Measure the strip against the brownie, placing it in the shape you want.

Step 15

Once you're happy with it, stick the strip in place with a little melted chocolate and trim at the ends.

Step 16

To make the tree with leaves, use a leaf shaped plunger cutter.

Step 17

Measure the plunger cutter against the brownie to see how many leaves you will need. For these brownies we could fit 3 leaves on the bottom, 2 in the middle and 1 on the top. Alternatively, you could cut and shape the leaves by hand and add the markings in with a modelling tool.

Step 18

Stick the leaves in place with a little melted chocolate, and slightly overlap each layer.

Step 19

To add baubles or lights to the tree, knead your choice of coloured icing until pliable and roll into small balls or oval shapes, then stick in place using a little cooled boiled water. We've used Poppy Red and Baby Blue Ready to Roll Icing.

Step 20

For the stars, knead and roll out yellow icing and use a star plunger cutter to cut out the shapes. Add to the top of the trees with a little cooled boiled water.