Bonfire Brownies

With Halloween and Bonfire Night just around the corner I thought I’d share with you a recipe I recently tried for the first time which I think would be perfect for a dinner party or treat this time of year. I warn you now though, these are scrumptiously packed with chocolatey, fudgy gooeyness and are extremely moreish!

For The Brownie Mixture:
125g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
175g light brown muscovado sugar
3 large eggs
100g plain flour
30g cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
100g pecan pieces or chocolate chips (optional)
To finish:
100g mini marshmallows
100g unsalted butter
40g cocoa powder
3 tbs milk
300g of icing sugar

Takes less than an 1 hour | Cuts into 16 pieces

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/ gas 6. Grease a 25.5 x 20.5 x 5cm tin (my tin was smaller and still fit the brownie mixture) with butter and line the base with baking paper.
2. Put the soft butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat together with a wooden spoon or electric whisk until creamy and smooth.
3. Add the eggs to the creamed mixture a little at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Add the flour, cocoa and vanilla extract if using (I don’t really like vanilla extract so left this out). Stir in the nuts and chocolate chips if using (I only added chocolate chips but I think a combination of both would work really well). When everything is thoroughly combined, scrape the mixture into the prepared tin and ensure the mixture is spread evenly.
5. Bake for 15 minutes. The brownie mixture will be soft on top and very hot. Remove from the oven and scatter over the marshmallows, then return to the oven and bake for a further 5 minutes until the marshmallows are starting to melt. Remove from the oven and set on a heatproof surface.
6. Melt the butter for the icing in a saucepan over low heat (or in the microwave on the lowest setting). Remove from the heat and add the cocoa, milk and icing sugar. Stir thoroughly to make a thick and smooth fudgy icing.
7. Pour the warm icing over the brownie and melted marshmallows and quickly spread over the top.
8. Leave to cool then cut into squares and remove from the tin.

This recipe was taken from Great British Bake Off: Learn to Bake – Bonfire Brownies Recipe.

Will you be hosting a Halloween or Bonfire Night party?
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