Proper princess brownies is what’s in order in our house, even more so for the first weeks of school term when the girls return tired and ratty, not used to the hectic school rhythm they encounter during the first few weeks of Back to School.
I wanted to add something special to our brownies. A little something to bring a smile to glum faces and a glint in the eye of found treasure, in fact these brownies could also be used for any pirates out there looking for treasure too.
I decided on ‘jewels’ and came up with these fabulous Bejeweled Brownies the recipe makes 20 and they keep perfectly in an airtight container for after school treats.
I also used Kerrygold, now softer butter which was kindly sent to me along with some Irish rain water and Irish grass seed too so that must make my brownies even more special surely? Take a look at the Kerrygold Facebook page for some fun
Combi Microwave recipeIngredients 250g plain chocolate 250g butter (Kerrygold new softer butter) 175g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 300g caster sugar 4 large eggs, beaten 1 tsp vanilla paste (essence will work too, same quantity) 200g of mixed dried cranberries, dried apricots, pineapple and a handful of colourful jelly beans
Oven accessory: anti spark ring and wire shelf in lower position
Baking tin: 30 x 20 x 3.5 cm lined with baking parchment
- Put the plain chocolate and butter in a large bowl. Place on oven base and melt on HIGH power for 2-3 minutes. Leave to cool slightly.
- Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.
- Stir the sugar into the chocolate.
- Add the eggs and vanilla paste (or essence) to the chocolate, then fold in the flour and lastly the jewels.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
- Place on the anti spark ring on the shelf and cook on CONVECTION 180C + SIMMER power for 18 mins.
- The middle should feel soft when cooked. Allow to cool in the tin. Remove from the tin and cut into squares when cool.