St Patrick’s Day Mint Brownies from Ireland’s Catherine Fulvio
Decadent, rich chocolate brownies topped with a white chocolate mint topping make a perfect St. Patrick’s Day treat.
1 cup dark chocolate, broken
1/4 cup + 3tbs butter
½ tsp vanilla extract
3 drops peppermint extract
3/4 cup + 2tbs Siucra soft brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup plain flour
1tsp baking powder
For the honeycomb
1 cup +1 tbsp Siucra caster sugar
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Mint chocolate ice-cream to serve
Mint sprigs, to garnish
To make the brownies
Preheat the oven to 340f.
Line a baking tray 8” x 8” with baking parchment.
Place the broken chocolate, butter and peppermint extract in a bowl over a bain marie and melt. Allow to cool slightly, then stir in the sugar. Carefully fold in the beaten eggs.
Sift the flour and the baking powder and gently fold into the mixture.
Pour the mixture into the baking tray and bake for about 20 to 22 minutes or until just set.
Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool, then cut into 16 squares.
To prepare the honeycomb
Line a 8” x 8” baking tray with foil and brush with a little oil.
Place the caster sugar into a deep saucepan (it must be a deep saucepan as the honeycomb bubbles up) over a low heat until it turns amber in color.
Take the saucepan off the heat and add the bicarbonate of soda and quickly stir with a wooden spoon. Be careful the honeycomb will bubble up. Pour the honeycomb into the tin and leave to cool completely. Leave for 1½ hours until cold before cracking and roughly crushing.
To decorate and serve
Place chocolate brownie on serving plate with a scoop of mint chocolate ice-cream and spoon crushed honeycomb on top of each brownie, sprinkle with icing sugar (in the shape of a shamrock if you want to be really creative) and a mint sprig to serve.
Catherine Fulvio was nominated for a Day Time Emmy for her role as Outstanding Culinary Host on her US TV series “A Taste of Ireland” on Recipe.TV, Catherine is also the founder of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School, is an award-winning author of six cookbooks and has many TV series. As well as hosting regular cookery classes, both public and private in the cookery school, Catherine tours the island of Ireland as a keynote speaker and making appearances at festivals and events, hosting fund-raising Cookery Demonstrations for sports organizations, schools and other public and private events.
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