Heart shaped Chocolate Brownies
Valentines Day is a day of many beautiful opportunities to make something so delicious and thoughtful for the one you love :)
Just think luxurious and delicious - and my brain conjures up thoughts of things made of chocolate :)
We all know most women love chocolate - ALOT and so, that is why valentines day is the day of roses and heart shaped chocolates in heart shaped boxes in red heart shaped wrappers :)
Of course if your man is really romantic then some bling* wouldn't hurt either
So what better than to make your love some chocolate brownies.... mmmm I personally can't think of anything better!!!
So to give you some time to shop for the ingredients and plan ahead for valentines day - Here is the recipe.Taken from the AWW cookbooks and then adapted by me.
Read it through and take note of the suggestions - then go shopping, get everything you need and bake to your hearts content - he he he
Romantic Heart Shaped Brownies with raspberry cream
175g butter (must be real butter)
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup tightly packed treacle sugar (really dark brown sugar)
1/2 cup cake flour - I used wheat free flour by health connection
1/3 cup self raising flour - I also replaced this with wheat free flour by health connection and added 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup cocoa powder (I always use nestle cocoa powder in the tin)
some rolos or caramel centered chocolate
1 punnet of raspberries
1 tub (250ml) cream
1 vanilla pod or some vanilla ess
2 tablespoons icing sugar
right now we can get started :)
.Turn Oven to 180 degrees celcius.
.Grease and line a baking pan or oven dish about 19 cm x 29 cm - (I just use one of my medium lasagne .dishes) * Remember it must be proper baking paper and not Wax paper. The paper should stick up above the sides of the dish on all the sides just a few centimeters - roughly 3 - 5 cm.
.Put the butter in a small pot and and melt -don't boil (this could also be done in the microwave)
.In a nice sized bowl put the 2 types of sugar and pour the melted butter on top and mix together.
.Break the eggs into the bowl and whisk to mix together
.Sift the flour (add baking powder if using gwheat free flour) and cocoa on top of the bowl of ingredients and stir/whisk some more until mixed through
.Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin/dish and dot with Rolos cut in half - *NOTE do NOt push the Rolos down into the mixture as they tend to burn if on the bottom of the dish*
.Put the dish in the oven and bake for 15 min then cover with foil and bake for an additional 45 minutes
.Test with a skewer of knife to see if the brownie mixture is cooked -the knife must come out clean - if it has sticky batter on it - cook for another 5 min.
.Take out and leave to get cold in dish then remove and peel back paper
.The brownies will be very fresh right now and can be cut into squares but if you want hearts etc...it is best left in an air tight container for 24 hours before cutting into shapes - you may try just don't moan at me if they break :)
.ok when you are ready to cut your brownies - get out your shaped cutter and cut them out carefully
.whisk your cream to a nice thick-ish consistency
.Put your raspberries in a bowl(keep a few for decorating) and crush/smoosh together -not to hard jsut to make a little bit of pink liquid and break into pieces
.stir the raspberries into the cream and add a table spoon or 2 of icing sugar
.sandwhich the brownies together and style nicely on a side plate or saucer and serve :)
Best of luck little valentines
ps of course you can make these brownies and just enjoy for tea :) they are lip smacking delicious, If I do say so myself :)