Santa Hat Brownies

19 Dec

Ok, talk about a baking disaster! You know the Murphy’s Law saying “everything that can go wrong will go wrong”? Well, that was the case with my Santa Hat Brownies. However, I did live to tell the tale and wanted to share my experience with you should you take on the deadly Santa Hat Brownies that seem to be everywhere this Christmas! They do look fantastic and taste delicious. I would say they were worth the pain…

The recipe is simple…

Ingredients

1 chocolate brownie mix – I used the Donna Hay packet mix that we cooked a while back. Lets face it, we are all short on time at this time of the year so why make things more difficult than you have to??

2 punnets of strawberries washed and hulled

1/2 cup cream

1/2 cup pure icing sugar (or thereabouts)

Method:

Bake the brownie mix as per the packet, allow to cool then cut out small circle shapes from the mix using a cutter. I used a medicine cup as I didn’t have a small enough cutter. You could get your kids helping with this step…

Cut the strawberries in half. Here is where I ran into my first problem. My strawberries were too big to sit on top of the brownie so I had to make them smaller (Thomas enjoyed eating the offcuts!).

Drain the strawberries on some paper towel while you mix up the cream. This was another problem I found. If you don’t do this, your strawberries will run into the cream and slide off!

Whip the cream and icing sugar together. Add as much icing sugar as necessary to make the cream hold its shape.

Pipe some cream onto each brownie.

Place a strawberry on top of the cream and then pipe a little dot of cream on top of the strawberry. Voile!

So my top tips for making this recipe are…

1. Cut strawberries in half – don’t use a whole strawberry as it is too heavy

2. Drain the strawberries on paper towel to avoid them running into the cream and from sliding off.

3. Add icing sugar to cream so it will hold it’s shape and the strawberries will stay in place.

You can see from the picture that my little Santa hats are not perfect but they still tasted yummy and it was fun – even with all the frustrations!

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Santa Hat Brownies”

  1. Felicity January 3, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    We left some of these out for Santa 😉
    Instead of cream, we opted for white chocolate, and topped the strawberry with a small marshmellow.

    • cookwithkids January 3, 2012 at 7:05 am #

      That sounds like a good idea too. Hope Santa enjoyed them! 🙂

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