This is my Christmas version of the classic brownie.
When you think of fruit mince pies you either think of Christmas… or you grimace and saw eewwww gross! I’m not a big fan of mince pies myself, which doesn’t make sense because I love shortcrust pastry and I love fruit. However, I think chocolate can fix everything so why not combine mince pies and brownies to make the ultimate Christmas brownie.
In my humble opinion, these tastes way better than mince pies but not as heavy as a chocolate brownie. The classic combination of fruit and nut with chocolate is tried and tested and can’t be beat. They are very moreish. Ice cream or a dollop of cream is optional but not essential.
- 100g 70% dark chocolate
- 125g unsalted butter
- 1 2/3 cups brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2/3 cup plain flour
- 1 tsp mixed spice powder
- fruit mince scooped out of 1 x 6 pack of fruit mince pies
- 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts
- 100g chocolate, finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
- Grease and line base of brownie tin with baking paper
- Melt butter and 100g 70% chocolate together.
- add sugar and vanilla extract to mixture and combine (don’t beat)
- stir in eggs, then flour, then mixed spice
- fold through the fruit mince filling, then the walnuts, then the chocolate.
- pour the batter into the brownie tin and bake for 30-35 minutes.
You’ll know that it’s just right when the top of the brownies look shiny (almost glistening) and when you stick a skewer in it that there is light crumbing on the skewer. If it’s batter then cook for a few minutes more… if it’s completely dry then you’ve cooked them for too long.
Remove from oven and cool whilst still in the brownie tin.
Dusting with either icing sugar or cocoa powder is optional however, the brownies already look amazing.
To cut the brownies, it’s recommended that you either use a plastic knife or a hot knife. Either way be careful how you cut because the brownies crumble easily.
Brownies are best eaten on the day of baking. Brownies are even better eaten straight from the oven.