Yay! Today we have another recipe! As established yesterday, I kind of freaking love every food at Christmas time and I definitely love making it, so I made these little Santa Hat Brownies – that we’ve all seen on Pinterest – for today’s post! I have no idea who originally came up with this idea, so kudos to them, but I used my own fave brownie recipe and my own butter cream recipe for it, so I don’t feel like I stole it, to be honest.
What you’ll need:
430g caster sugar
225g plain flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt
Really, you can use the brownie recipe that you are most familiar with. I prefer cooking without chocolate because I am lactose intolerant, so cutting as many lactose elements down as I can is always a good thing. Also, if you forget to put two of the eggs in, never fear, because I totally misread the recipe and only put two in. It almost tasted BETTER.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan and once it’s all liquid, take it off the heat and add the sugar and eggs and stir until it looks glossy. After that, just add in all the other ingredients and keep stirring. Pour the mixture into a lined tin and bake for 30 minutes or until the centre is cooked (aka run a skewer through, crumbs can come out, but not liquidy mixture).
Let the brownies completely cool and then use a 4 cm round cutter to cut the bases out (if you have smaller strawberries, consider choosing a smaller cutter).
Wash and cut off the leaves of the strawberries.
Make your buttercream. You can use a recipe, but I just chucked a bit of butter and icing sugar in a bowl and kept on adding more butter or more icing sugar until I could scoop up some frosting, turn the spoon upside down and it wouldn’t slide off the spoon (just search a recipe if you’re not good with cooking by feel). Add in some vanilla extract as well. Don’t worry if your mixture doesn’t look white, when it’s contrasted with the brownie and the strawberry, it looks pretty white.
Grab a plastic bag and put your frosting inside of it. Cut off the tip of the bag so you can use it as a piping bag! Put a smidge of frosting in the centre of your brownie and place the strawberry on top of that – it will set and help to keep your strawberry in place. Then pipe around the outside of the strawberry, creating a ‘trim’ and add one tiny dollop of frosting on the tip of the strawberry. EASY. They look really cool when they’re all together as well!