Thursday, 15 December 2016

Chocolate Brownies with Mincemeat

This brownie recipe is a delicious & indulgent way of creating something new with sweet mincemeat, and a great way of using up half a jar of the seasonal fruity mixture which may be lurking in the back of the fridge!

Christmas Chocolate Brownies with mincemeat are a delicious way of using up half used jars of this seasonal fruity mixture.

Chocolate Brownies.  They're fudgey.  They're rich.  They're chocolatey.  They're indulgent!  I ask you, what's not to like?!

Brownies are not only incredibly quick and easy to make, but they lend themselves nicely to having a few 'extras' added to the mixture.  Often this popular chocolatey tray bake include nuts of some sort - walnuts, almonds, macadamia for instance.   But have you ever tried it with mincemeat?  Sweet mincemeat that is, the sort which flies off the supermarket shelves at this time of year for those essential mince pies!



Recipe for Christmas Chocolate Brownies with mincemeat

Even though I'm a huge fan of mince pies, they can become a little same-y and boring at times.  Of course you can ring the changes to the classic bake by finishing them with a frangipane crust or shaping them into Rugelach.  They can even be pimped up with that 'love me or loath me' marzipan added to the fruity mincemeat itself and then decorate the pies with a lattice crust (just click on an images below to read all about them.)    

These delicious mince pies with a frangipane crust are a perfect alternative bake to the pastry rich, double crust pies usually enjoyed around Christmas time. Made with a light, flaky, pastry containing cream cheese and an enhanced sweet mincemeat filling, these small Jewish pastry treats are a true taste sensation.  Enhanced with marzipan, orange & spice these home made mince pies are an incredibly delicious traditional treat.

But, if you're wanting to steer clear of pastry and are looking for a chocolate hit, how about using the remnants of a jar of mincemeat in a Christmas Brownie?   If you're anything like our household, you're likely to have half a jar of mincemeat languishing in the back of fridge by the time the festivities are drawing to a close. 

In fact, why wait until the end of the celebrations to make this Christmas Brownie with mincemeat recipe.  They'd be amazing made the day before guests arrive, which would allow that fudgey chocolate taste to become even more sensational.  Or why not share a slice with the carol singers when they exercise their vocal cords during the chilly evenings leading up to Christmas itself.....that's if you can bear to be parted from this delicious bake!  

How to use up sweet mincemeat without pastry.

Strange as it may sound to some, I personally find brownies a little too rich when made with dark chocolate.  So, in this recipe I've used a 50/50 mix of dark and milk.  Of course if you prefer a more indulgent richer note from your chocolate simply substitute the milk chocolate for more of the dark stuff (though you may need to up the quantity of sugar a little). 


So let's get to it and bake Christmas Brownies with Mincemeat.








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Chocolate Christmas Brownies with Mincemeat
This brownie recipe is a delicious and somewhat indulgent way of creating something new with sweet mincemeat, and a great way of using up half a jar of it up!

Details
Hands on time: Cook time:     Yield: 1 tray bake, approx 12 pieces

Specific Equipment
    1 x Brownie Tin measuring 20cm x 20cm
 
Ingredients
  • 225g Unsalted Butter
  • 75g Dark Chocolate
  • 75g Milk Chocolate
  • 110g Caster Sugar
  • 70g Light Brown Sugar
  • 4 Eggs, Large
  • 1.5 capful Orange Extract
  • 80g Plain Flour
  • 30g Cocoa Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 150g Sweet Mincemeat

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180℃ / 160℃ Fan / Gas 4.2. Prepare the brownie tin. Grease and fully line the brownie tin with greaseproof paper, ensuring there is excess paper beyond the edge of the tin to aid the removal of the brownie once cooked.3. Melt the butter and chocolate. Pour an inch or two of water into the bottom of a pan which is small enough to allow a bowl to be placed on top without its base touching the water. Place the pan on the hob over a low heat. Cube the butter and place into the bowl. Break the chocolates into pieces and add to the bowl. Position the bowl over the pan of warming water.  Allow the butter and chocolate to slowly melt, stirring periodically with a spatula. Once the mixture is fully melted and lump free remove the bowl from the pan. Sit the bowl on a clean cloth / kitchen roll to dry the underside.4. Mix the eggs and sugar. Place the two sugars and eggs into the large mixing bowl. Use a balloon whisk to mix until just combined. Add the orange extract and mix to combine.5. Combine the two mixture. Pour the melted chocolate and butter mixture into the bowl containing the combined eggs and sugar. Use the balloon whisk to combine.6. Fold in the flour and cocoa. Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and salt into the mixture. Use a spatula to fold everything together. Fold until the powders have been combined, paying attention to the bottom of bowl.7. Add the sweet mincemeat. Place the mincemeat into a pudding bowl and gently stir it with a spoon to break it up making it easier to combine into the brownie batter. Add the mincemeat to the batter and mix to combine. 8. Fill the brownie tin. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared tin. Smooth it out with a spatula or the back of a spoon, ensuring it's sat in the corners well. 9. Bake. Place the brownie tin in the centre of the oven and bake for 45 - 50 minutes. You may need to rotate the tin after 30 minutes of baking. After 40 minutes of baking check the brownie every few minutes to avoid over baking it (see notes below). The brownie is ready when a skewer incerted into the centre of the bake comes out with moist crumbs.10. Cool. Remove the brownie from the oven and set onto a cooling tray. Allow to fully cool in the tray. Use the excess greaseproof paper to lift the brownie from the tin and place it onto a board. Slice into 12 pieces. Use a pallet knife to remove the pieces from the greaseproof paper. 

Notes:
a)  It's key to avoid over baking the brownie.  Removing it too soon will result in it being too soft, though over baking it will create something more cake like.  When ready it will no longer wobble in the centre, though an incerted skewer will still hold some moist crumbs.  b)  Store in an airtight container in the fridge.  c)  Allow the brownies to come back to room tomperature before enjoying any slices which have been chilled.  d)  Brownies are best eaten the day after baking. e)  If you enjoy richer brownies substitute the milk chocolate for more plain chocolate - though you may need to increase the sugar quantity a little.

 










 

 

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A Christmas Chocolate Brownie recipe with mincemeat, which is a delicious way of using up some of this seasonal fruity mixture without pastry.



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16 comments:

  1. Now this recipe is just pure genius. I love the idea of putting mincemeat in brownies, thus combining two of my favourite treats! Was lovely 'chatting' to you today, by the way. I probably shouldn't have as I am a bit behind now...but I just can't resist a good old natter :-) Eb x

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    1. Hahaha, I don't think it's genous, but I'll take it Eb ;-) It's just a great way of using up half a jar of it, which then brought a lovely few chunks of fruit to the brownies when eaten. Aw I'm sorry, I didn't appreciate you were still on a tight schedule, it really was a lovely 'chatting' with you too today - I love a good old natter too :-)
      Angela x

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  2. I've only recently discovered that chocolate and mincemeat go perfectly together, I can't believe it took me so long to realise. These brownies sound absolutely delicious.

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    1. It really is a lovely combination isn't it, it's something that I've only recently tried too.
      Thanks for your lovely comment Charlotte,
      Angela x

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  3. Oooh chocolate and mincemeat, this is a must try! I am baking with mincemeat, I might have to add some chocolate. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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    1. Ooh yes do Kirsty, it's such a lovely combination,
      Thanks for your lovely comment,
      Angela x

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  4. I'd never thought of this combination before but I bet the mincemeat goes to well with the chocolatiness of the brownies and keeps them really moist and fudgy too! Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTWice x

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    1. It really works a treat Corina, and yes I would imagine the mincemeat would make it even more moist. You're welcome, and thankyou back to you for hosting,
      Angela x

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  5. what a great twist to add mincemeat to chocolate brownies! We've tried mincemeat shortbread before but never would have thought to add to chocolate brownies!

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    1. Ooh now mincemeat in shortbread sounds very good, I'll have to give that a try. It's amazing how well the mincemeat works with the chocolate brownie Rebecca, and it's a great way of using up half jar if you become bored of mincepies :-)
      Thanks for your lovely comment,
      Angela x

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  6. I never thought of adding mincemeat to brownies, what a great idea! Thank you for linking up to Treat Petite.

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  7. Oh my days these look incredible!Fab pics again!What a fantastic recipe.I have only just seen these so too late for Xmas but will def do next year.Happy New Year!xx

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    1. Thank you Jenny :-) They were very yummy, and satisfying to know that it made good use of some mincemeat I had lurking in the fridge.
      Thanks for your lovely comments, and here's to a great New Year,
      Angela x

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  8. Oh I bet these are good Angela. I'm very partial to a brownie and would love to try one. What a fab idea to add mincemeat.

    I've already taken your raspberry fudge recipe for We Should Cocoa and as it's only one entry per month, I can't really include this one too. Sorry.

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    1. They really were Choclette, brownies are always a winner :-)
      Ah!, Sorry, I didn't realise, that's OK,
      Angela x

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