Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Red Hot Cookie Brownies

Baking is my relaxation therapy, time always flying in the kitchen. I haven't been baking for a while, and today after work I had a little bit of time to do something quick and easy, I've chosen cookie brownies. I have made them before but this time with Christmas just around the corner, I want to make them with a little bit of a difference, I added some red color for Christmas and some chilli...yep you're not wrong "Chilli" in cookies but trust me, you'll not even notice, it won't blow your head off but just kick of the heat will make my cookie brownies more interesting.

1/4 cup plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
30 g. butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
200 g. dark chocolate (semi sweet or bitter sweet)
2 tbs vanilla paste 
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
gel paste food coloring (Christmas red)
You also need
2 cup nuts(I'm using hazelnuts,almonds,pecans) roasted and roughly chopped
170 g. dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 175 C.

Yield : about 25-30


Melt butter and 200 grams of dark chocolate together in microwave,  I usually put for 1 min in microwave for the first time then take out and stir well, if still lumpy in the chocolate put back in microwave for no more than 10 sec. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine eggs, sugar and salt together with the whisk until completely combined, then add melted chocolate, gel paste food coloring and mix, once mixed add the plain flour and cayenne pepper.
Add nuts and 170 grams of the chopped chocolate and mix well.

Spoon the mixture on to the tray and bake for 10 mins.
   Allow to cool for 10 minutes then transfer to cooling rack for a further 20 minutes or until completely cool then place in a air tight container until ready to eat.
Happy Christmas everyone