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Spiced Christmas tree brownies


Makes: 12
timePrep time: 50 mins
timeTotal time:
Spiced Christmas tree brownies
Recipe photograph by Martin Poole

Spiced Christmas tree brownies

These brownies are ready for the Christmas party season – infused with warm, seasonal spices and a splash of port

Makes: 12
timePrep time: 50 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
315Kcal
Fat
17gr
Saturates
10gr
Carbs
35gr
Sugars
27gr
Fibre
1gr
Protein
4gr
Salt
0.1gr

Mima Sinclair

Mima Sinclair

Food stylist and cookery author Mima has years of experience writing, testing and developing recipes. She has a keen interest in world cuisine and a passion for anything sweet.

See more of Mima Sinclair’s recipes
Mima Sinclair

Mima Sinclair

Food stylist and cookery author Mima has years of experience writing, testing and developing recipes. She has a keen interest in world cuisine and a passion for anything sweet.

See more of Mima Sinclair’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 150g cook’s Belgian dark chocolate (76% cocoa solids), roughly chopped
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest and juice of 1 clementine
  • 3 tbsp port
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • a good pinch of ground cloves
  • several gratings of nutmeg
  • 100g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
To decorate
  • 75g royal icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp gold and silver sprinkles – we used star sprinkles
  • 12 x Cadbury chocolate fingers

Step by step

Get ahead
The decorated brownie trees will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container. The undecorated brownie cake can also be frozen. Defrost at room temperature for 4-6 hours, cut and decorate.
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4 and line the base and sides of a round 23cm-diameter springform tin.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn't touch the water, or gently melt in the microwave (at a low setting); stir until smooth. Remove from the heat; cool for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl using a wooden spoon, beat the eggs, caster sugar and vanilla extract. Then beat in the clementine zest and juice, port and spices until just combined. In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt. Pour the cooled chocolate mixture into the beaten eggs and mix until combined and smooth, then fold in the flour mix until just combined and there is no flour visible.
    Tip
    If you don't have port, you could substitute mulled wine or red wine.
  4. Pour the mixture into the lined tin. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes until set on top but still a little gooey inside. Leave to cool completely in the tin before unmoulding.
  5. Cut the cooled brownie cake into 12 triangular tree-shaped wedges – you can slice off the rounded bottoms to give a straight edge, if you like.
  6. Mix the icing sugar with 2 teaspoons of water, adding a drop or two more if needed to make a thick but runny icing. Drizzle or pipe over the brownie triangles in a zigzag pattern. Scatter with the star sprinkles and insert a chocolate finger to create a tree trunk. Leave the icing to set for at least 2 hours before serving.
Chef quote
Get your brownies ready for the party season – infuse the chocolatey mixture with warm, seasonal spices and a splash of port.

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