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Christmas Brownies with Candied Cherries
Christmas Brownies with Candied Cherries
Method
  • Preheat oven to 180* C (350* F) Fan.
  • Line the bottom and sides of a 20x30 cm baking pan.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder in a bowl.
  • In a large metallic bowl, add the chocolate couverture and butter. Place it over a pot full of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water directly.
  • Stir with a spatula, until the chocolate melts and set it aside to cool.
  • You can also melt the chocolate in a microwave. It is easier than a bain marie.
  • In a mixer, beat the eggs and sugar on high speed with the whisk attachment, until light and fluffy.
  • When ready, gradually add the melted chocolate mixture and beat to combine.
  • Remove mixer’s bowl from stand and add to the flour mixture. Mix with a spatula until completely incorporated.
  • Add the candied cherries and walnuts. Stir just to distribute.
  • Transfer mixture to baking pan and drop spoonfuls of the mincemeat in various places.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the brownie is crunchy and done but still soft in the center.
  • When ready, remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

For Christmas tree frosting

  • Beat the butter and icing sugar in a mixer on medium speed using the whisk attachment, until light and fluffy.
  • Lower speed and add the heavy cream, vanilla extract and food coloring.
  • Beat until all of the ingredients are completely combined and the food coloring is has distributed evenly throughout the frosting.
  • Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip.

For the Christmas tree frosting

  • When the brownie has cooled completely, cut into square pieces and pipe the frosting over each piece in the following manner to create Christmas trees:
  • Place the tip of the pastry bag in the middle of each brownie facing downwards and start piping the frosting in a steady flow, while gently pulling upwards and gradually lessening the flow of frosting.  
  • Once the proper height has been reached, pull tip away quickly to create the peak of the tree.
  • Melt the white chocolate and transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip.
  • Pipe small stars onto a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Allow the white chocolate stars to cool completely and place on the peak of each Christmas tree.
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Nutritional
Chart

Nutrition information per portion

616
Calories (kcal)
31 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

33.8
Total Fat (g)
48 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

17.6
Saturated Fat (g)
88 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

69.0
Total Carbs (g)
27 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

62.0
Sugars (g)
68 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

7.1
Protein (g)
14 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

3.7
Fibre (g)
15 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

0.3
Sodium (g)
4 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.