The UK is being battered by stormy weather – the kind where you don’t want to leave the house, but instead stay cocooned under a blanket and watch Game of Thrones from the start of Series 1 (well, winter is coming!)
Winter doesn’t need to be gloomy. To us it means an array of Swedish-style knitwear, a lot of hot chocolate and, best of all, Bonfire Night. To get us warmed up for November 5th (and help weather the storms) we’ve made a batch of Bonfire Brownies. These brownies are packed with ginger and dark chocolate to give you all the warmth of a bonfire, with a milk chocolate and popping candy topping to give the effect of crackling flames.
To make these brownies you will need:
- 200g soft brown sugar
- 150g self-raising flour
- 200g dark chocolate
- 250g butter
- 50g cocoa powder
- 3 eggs
- 100g crystallised ginger, roughly chopped
- 200g milk chocolate
- Popping candy
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Begin by breaking the dark chocolate into chunks. Put them in a bowl with the butter, and place the bowl over a pan of water at a medium heat until they melt.
Mix the sugar, flour and cocoa powder in a bowl. Add the melted butter and chocolate to the mixture and stir, adding the eggs one at a time. Continue stirring until the mixture becomes dark brown. Add the chopped ginger and stir to combine.
Pop in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until a fork comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the brownie. Leave to cool.
For the topping, melt the milk chocolate in a bowl as above. Once it has melted, take off the heat and stir in the popping candy. Pour this onto the brownie and put it in the fridge to set. Once the chocolate topping has set, cut into chunks and serve, adding a final sprinkle of popping candy on top. We recommend a luxurious hot chocolate to go with it (or a cheeky hot toddy!).
~Laura xx ~