Dessert Recipe- Rudolph Brownies!

I’ve been so excited to make these and just completely fall into the Christmas spirit and I think these brownies were the perfect start! 

I used the same recipe from Tesco for the Caramel, chocolate, and rum brownies that I always use but this time we ended up with a happy accident where I didn't buy enough chocolate so we had to improvise with a box of Orange Matchmakers, this meant we came out with chocolate caramel brownies, with a hint of rum that also tasted like Terry’s Chocolate Orange! I’m claiming this happy accident as our own so please enjoy my Chocolate, orange, caramel, and rum Rudolph Brownies (I’m gonna think of a snappier name, don’t worry…).

Makes 16 brownies 

100g Butter
100g Dark Chocolate, broken into chunks
100g Orange Matchmakers 
4 Eggs, beaten 
250g Golden Caster Sugar 
100g Plain Flour 
1 tsp Baking Powder 
50g Cocoa Powder 

For The Caramel 

100g Granulated Sugar 
1 Cap of Spiced Rum 
50g Butter, room temperature 
60ml Double Cream 
1/2 tsp Sea Salt

For The Decoration 

2 candy eyes for each slice
Bag of Salted Pretzels 
16 Red Smarties (I actually used red fondant and rolled it into balls because I had some lying around but feel free to use anything red!) 

We’re gonna make the caramel first, it involves a bit of multi-tasking but stay with me! Heat the sugar in a saucepan over low heat for 12 minutes; at this point, I set one timer for 12 minutes and the other for 2 minutes as a reminder to stir the sugar so it doesn't stick and burn! Once the sugar has melted, take it off the heat and immediately add your rum (be very careful as it spits) and whisk to combine, then add in the butter, cream and salt until it's melted and combined with the caramel. Leave your caramel to cool for 20 minutes, stirring it every 5 or so minutes. 

Now, preheat your oven to 180C/ 160 Fan/ Gas Mark 4 and grease a circular 20cm springform cake tin (this is to cut it into slices but if you want to make squares and decorate them that’s fine too, just use a normal baking tin). 
Put the butter and both chocolates together in a heat-proof bowl and melt gently over a pan of simmering water, don’t let the bowl touch the water as it will scold the chocolate! Keep mixing your butter and chocolate until you have a smooth mixture. Once combined, remove it from the heat and allow it cool for 5 minutes. 

On to the brownie mixture! First, beat the eggs and caster sugar together with an electric whisk until they are light and fluffy, then add in your chocolate mixture and fold together.

Now add in your flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt, then mix together until you have a thick, smooth batter! 

Add half of your brownie mixture into your cake tin, and smooth over with the back of a spoon.

Pour the caramel over the top of the brownie mixture in the cake tin and add a healthy sprinkling of sea salt!

Now, add the other half of the brownie mixture on top and smooth over with the back of a spoon, then place it in the middle shelf of the oven for 30 minutes, the brownie should be firm on top but still just soft in the middle if it needs longer just set the timer for another 8 minutes and check with a toothpick that the middle isn’t liquid. 

Once baked, leave the brownie to cool in its tin for 20 minutes!

After 20 minutes I took it out of the tin and placed it on a cooling rack, then cut it into slices so I knew how big each reindeer face would be.

Now it’s time to decorate! It's probably better to do this while the brownies are still warm so the decorations stick in properly. First off, cut/crack (or chew) the pretzels into antler shapes and stick these at the top of the brownie just after the crust, gently push the sugar eyes into the middle of the brownie slice, and then place your smartie/fondant nose onto the very tip of the slice and you’re all done!

And there you have it! A bunch of adorable reindeer brownies just waiting to be shared with everyone you love! These are simple to make, taste incredible, and look so cute and festive! If you want to make these with kids then just take out the rum and let them decorate the reindeers, you could even make snowmen or stars on top of them, whatever you feel like doing! 
If you have the time, I just know these will sit pride of place on the Christmas buffet table. 

Merry Christmas!

H x