Friday, 29 March 2013

Creme Egg Brownies

I am sure that everyone is on their way to being fed up of seeing these brownies all over the internet, and I'm sorry to add to the huge numbers already out there, but I couldn't resist. I love brownies full stop but they are even better when you put chocolatey things in them. I went to the supermarket last night to get a few more Creme Eggs and the Easter isle was manic - lots of people and hardly anything left!

Much like Sophie, my family have never been big on Easter. We never had huge dinners or exchanged Easter Eggs, in fact I received my first one from Mark's family when we started going out 8 years ago.


This recipe is from Good to Know's Easter Egg Recipes and will make one 15cm square brownie. The original recipe can be found here and the directions for adding the Creme Eggs are here. I used mini Creme Eggs as I wanted a bigger distribution of them throughout the brownie.


Ingredients
200g dark chocolate
100g unsalted butter
250g caster sugar
4 large organic free range eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
60g plain flour
60g cocoa powder
3 large Cadbury Creme Eggs or 3 packets mini Creme Eggs


Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line a 15cm square tin and set aside.

2. Melt the chocolate and butter oven a pan of simmering water and set aside to cool.

3. Place the sugar in a bowl and beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix in the melted butter and chocolate. Finally, sift in the flour and cocoa powder then mix until combined.

4. Pour the brownie mixture into the greased and lined pan, ensuring the top is smooth. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

5. Whilst the brownie is baking, cut the Creme Eggs in half and set aside. Remove the brownie from the oven after 20 minutes and gently push the Creme Eggs into the brownie. Place it back into the oven for 5 minutes.

6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then remove and place on a cooling rack.

These are the perfect brownie - really gooey in the middle with a crispy topping and the Creme Eggs bring a lovely sweetness. I am going to enter them into Good to Know's Easter Cooking Club Competition as there are some lovely prizes to be won!


I am really pleased that it's Easter weekend - I've been ready for some days off for a long time! The only plan I have is to do some work for Food Blogger Connect. Mostly Mark and I will be at home with Luna (our cat). However I am quite cross with Luna at the moment; we got home from work last night and there were two blocks of butter on the floor in the living room, one was ripped open and had been bitten into. I was puzzled as I'd left the butter in a tupperware box on top of the microwave in the kitchen, so she must have knocked it off. I did tell her off and we've moved past it now, but she is such a clever (and destructive!) cat.

As well as baking, I have been catching up on Masterchef. I've never followed it before as I always seem to realise it's on about 2 weeks after it's started, but this time I've watched it from the beginning. I love it! The food they make is fussy, the portions are tiny and I could never ever see myself ordering something like that in a restaurant but it is fascinating to see what the contestants can do. I can cook, but I wouldn't stand a chance if I entered something like Masterchef!

What are you plans for Easter? Are you baking anything?

10 comments:

  1. Oh Claire these look so much better to how mine turned out! Mine were a huge fail :(

    These look so good!!

    Lulu xx

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    1. They were really yummy if I do say so myself. Quite sickly but Mark and I couldn't stop ourselves from eating them! Give them another go as they are worth it.

      Looking forward to next weekend! x

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    1. Thank you Lauren! I am really pleased with how they turned out, they were very addictive and were eaten quickly!

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  3. Mmmmm yummy!

    OMG Luna! Haha! It did make me giggle. They're little monkeys aren't they. Our little monkeys thought <3 xxx

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    1. She is SO naughty Claire and very very clever. It does make us laugh. She seems to have a stomach of steel, which I think is down to her being a stray in the past and having to live on what she could get x

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  4. Hiya Claire, just found your blog its lovley, these look amazing..so googey + chocolatey YUM.
    My Cupcake Habit

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    1. Ahh thank you ever so much! Your blog is lovely too - I will be following from now on :] x

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  5. Yum, I have sworn off making brownies myself as they stress me out too much, but I tried a Creme egg brownie at my friend's last week, they are delicious and may tempt me out of brownie obscurity next year. I also had creme egg stress last week - wanted some mini ones for some cupcakes but the only Easter things Asda had left were Splats! (by the bucketload!) I did get some in the garage though so disaster averted!

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    1. It's funny Kim because I was the same. I could never get them right as they'd either be too gooey or like a cake. But I've gotten better at holding my nerve and taking them out at the right time.

      I had the same issue - those Splat eggs were all over the place and I could only find minis in Wilkinsons. Typical! x

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