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Tuesday, 11 June 2013


Chocolate and mint is this month's theme for the We Should Cocoa challenge which is run by Choclette of Chocolate Log Blog and Chele over at Chocolate Teapot and which is being hosted this month by Victoria of A Kick at the Pantry Door.  Now I am not a huge fan of mint and rarely cook with fresh mint but hand me a bar of mint chocolate or a box of After Eight mints and I am a happy bunny.  I decided to try and add a mint layer to my usual brownie recipe but to be honest I wasn't convinced that I would like them, thinking the flavour would be just too strong.  How wrong I was - the mint layer is very addictive, subtle and smells so fresh and is lovely together with the rich, fudgy brownie layer and the crisp, dark chocolate layer on top.  They are rich and could probably be cut into smaller pieces giving you 18 portions instead of the 9 which I cut but that is up to you. 
 The one thing to remember when baking brownies is to take them out the oven when they are still slightly 'sticky' in the middle and they are always better the next day.

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Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes
Yield: 9 servings

Ingredients for Brownie Layer
  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g plain chocolate
  • 300 g caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125 g plain flour
  • 2 tblsp cocoa powder
Ingredients for Mint Layer
  • 30 g soft butter
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 1 tblsp natural yogurt
  • ½ tsp peppermint essence
  • green food colouring
    Ingredients for Chocolate Layer
  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 15 g butter
    Cooking Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
    2. Butter and line the base of an 18cm square tin with greaseproof paper.
    3. Melt the butter and chocolate over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
    4. Stir in the sugar, salt and vanilla.
    5. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring well until blended.
    6. Add the flour and cocoa and beat for 30 seconds until smooth.
    7. Spoon the mixture into the tin and bake for 35 - 40 minutes. If you insert a skewer it should come out slightly sticky.    
    8. While the brownies are baking prepare the mint layer by adding the butter, icing sugar and yogurt to a mixing bowl and beat with a mixer until soft and creamy.
    9. Add the peppermint essence a bit at a time, tasting as you go.  Different brands have different strengths and you don't want to overdo the flavour.
    10. Add the food colouring, drop by drop and mix well until you have a nice, soft green.
    11. Once the brownies have cooled down completely, spread the mint layer over the top.  I found it easier to leave them in the tin to do this.
    12. Place in the refrigerator to set while you prepare the chocolate layer.
    13. Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
    14. Cool slightly and then spread over the mint layer.
    15. Leave to cool until the chocolate layer has set.
    16. To cut into slices it is easier to dip your knife into hot water to prevent the chocolate layer from cracking.
     ** The mint layer was adapted from The Joy of Baking.com

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    At 11 June 2013 at 08:09 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    These brownies look great. Like you I love chocolate and mint together and would love to try these out. Great recipe. Thanks Angela!

    Stacey xx

    At 11 June 2013 at 08:25 , Blogger kitchen flavours said...

    Lovely brownies! My daughter is a big fan of mint and chocolate! She would certainly love this!

    At 11 June 2013 at 20:21 , Blogger Angie's Recipes said...

    These minty brownies look fabulous!

    At 11 June 2013 at 22:52 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Your chocolate mint brownies are so so tempting! Makes me want to grab them off the screen.

    At 12 June 2013 at 01:37 , Blogger underthebluegumtree said...

    As you know mint chocolate is not really my thing but my goodness, those brownies look tempting and the photo is just stunning! I love the layering effect and might just have to try these with a different flavour combination :-)

    At 13 June 2013 at 02:50 , Anonymous Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand said...

    I love using fresh mint in my dishes! I've never tried using mint in baking though. They are beautifully presented and quite indulgent - just the thing to see you through the afternoon!

    At 13 June 2013 at 02:55 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Yes - very indulgent. I was eating one as I read through your post for your healthy hazelnut and olive oil cake and felt very guilty :-)

    At 13 June 2013 at 02:56 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Mmm - I was thinking about a raspberry layer.

    At 13 June 2013 at 02:58 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Thanks Mich - If only you lived closer you could pop round for a cup of tea and a brownie.

    At 13 June 2013 at 02:59 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Thanks so much Angie

    At 13 June 2013 at 03:01 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Thanks Joyce. I found my daughter covered in chocolate when I was busy taking the photos so I guess she likes mint and chocolate too.

    At 13 June 2013 at 03:02 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Thanks Stacey - hope you enjoy them.

    At 14 June 2013 at 09:39 , Anonymous Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes said...

    Now this is a good brownie, so gooey and indulgent with the double layer of toppings, mmm heavenly!

    At 14 June 2013 at 10:32 , Blogger Unknown said...

    The nice thing about brownies is that they last so well - well if you can resist eating them quickly that is.

    At 15 June 2013 at 00:11 , Blogger Kalyan Panja said...

    looks delicious & mouthwatering!

    At 15 June 2013 at 00:43 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Thanks Kalyan

    At 15 June 2013 at 16:50 , Anonymous Suzanne Perazzini said...

    This has made the brownies look so much prettier. Mint and chocolate are such a classic combination.

    At 17 June 2013 at 09:50 , Blogger Unknown said...

    I was pleasantly surprised as I don't normally like to mess with the classics.

    At 20 June 2013 at 16:09 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Wow Angela these look so amazing and gooey! Thank you so much for entering them into We Should Cocoa, I'm salivating just looking at the pictures!

    At 22 June 2013 at 07:54 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Thanks Victoria - I've seen enough of your bakes to know that you could whip up a batch of these quite easily.

    At 23 June 2013 at 14:00 , Anonymous Camilla @FabFood4all said...

    Ooh I love mint and would never think to put it on a Brownie what a fab idea and lovely photo as usual:-)

    At 1 July 2013 at 08:21 , Blogger Unknown said...

    You should give these a try - they are very addictive.

    At 1 July 2013 at 12:55 , Blogger Choclette said...

    Oh my goodness, these look good. I'm generally not a fan of adding layers to brownies, but I think this could work really well with a creamy fresh tasting layer on top of the fudgy brownies. Adding yogurt to the mix is really interesting. I think I tried that once in buttercream and it just curdled - maybe the butter was too cold. Whatever, I'm going to have to try it again.


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