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Hands up who feels christmassy? No? Me neither. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas but this year I just haven’t felt it. So, over the next couple of weeks I am going to try and get into the Christmas spirit by baking some very festive creations. Starting with these chocolate cranberry brownies.

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These brownies put me in the festive mood because of the cranberries, for an even christmassier feel you could add leftover cranberry sauce. Cranberries are perfect in brownies because they contrast against the richness of the chocolate and add a sweeter, lighter touch.

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I wanted to have a more classic brownie, so I used dried cranberries (I’m sure fresh cranberries would be equally delicious). If you like the crunch in brownies you could try macadamia nuts or hazelnuts (125g of each).

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What makes these brownies especially cute and cosy for the winter is the fact that the’re mini. You could make them full size but personally I prefer the cuteness of the mini version. However, they are quite dangerous as you feel as if you could just  eat the whole batch!

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It would be really delicious serving them hot with vanilla ice cream…

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Ingredients:

150g dark chocolate
200g butter
150g light muscovado sugar
150g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder
3 eggs
60g dried cranberries
Recipe (The Little Elf Bakery)… makes 24 mini brownie bites
 

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius and butter your baking tin. Boil the kettle and pour into a pan. Put the butter and dark chocolate into a bowl and place on the pan. Make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the hot water (bain marie). Make sure everything has melted then take off the heat. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and sugar into the mixture and stir until everything has combined (try to resist eating it at this stage). Next crack the eggs one at a time into the mixture a beat into the mixture. Then pour in the dried cranberries and stir in so they are evenly distributed through the mixture. Pour into the pre-greased baking tin and put in the oven for 1/2 hour (at this point you may lick the bowl, I did!). If it starts to burn on top but isn’t quite cooked in the middle put tin foil over the top. When they are cooked (they should be slightly gooey in the middle) take out of the oven and put on a cooling rack. Once cooled cut into mini pieces and serve…

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When you tip them out of the baking tray you get that gorgeous smell that only comes with baking brownies… these have a gorgeous velvety texture.

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