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.
Uploaded by Renshaw Baking
- 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
- 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
Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas 4.
Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper.
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.
Remove the bowl from the pan and allow the chocolate mixture to cool slightly.
Beat the caster sugar and vanilla into the chocolate mixture.
Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the plain flour. Beat until smooth.
Stir in the white chocolate chunks.
Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Cool completely in the tin before removing.
Cut into 20 squares.
Decorating the Brownies:
Knead the green icing until smooth and pliable, then roll out on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar.
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.
Gently twist each strip from each end until the twist meets in the middle.
Measure the strip against the brownie, placing it in the shape you want.
Once you're happy with it, stick the strip in place with a little melted chocolate and trim at the ends.
To make the tree with leaves, use a leaf shaped plunger cutter.
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.
Stick the leaves in place with a little melted chocolate, and slightly overlap each layer.
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.
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.