Homemade Valentine's gifts - chocolate brownies for your in-laws

Bake the perfect brownie for your Valentine

Does your sweetheart have a sweet tooth? Then say ‘I love you’ with this homemade chocolate brownie

Ingredients (serves 6 people)

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 160g butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 55g white sugar
  • 100g dark brown sugar
  • 2 heaped tsp ground ginger
  • 2 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
  • large pinch each of ground cloves, grated nutmeg and ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g plain flour (or 80g plain flour and 20g cornflour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 130g marzipan, chilled
  • icing sugar, to dust

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  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 22-25cm square cake tin with baking parchment.

  2. Chop the chocolate and butter into cubes. Heat these together in a saucepan over a low heat.

  3. Once the chocolate starts to melt, stir until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

  4. Beat the eggs and sugar together until they form a light batter. Add the spices and vanilla extract and beat well. Stir in the ground almonds, flour and baking powder.

  5. Coarsely grate the marzipan and fold into the batter, along with the chocolate mixture.

  6. Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. The cake should still be moist.

  7. Remove from the oven and cool the cake completely. Then cover and set aside for 24 hours.

  8. Use a sharp, serrated knife to cut the cake into small squares.

  9. Cut a heart shape out of cardboard and lay it on top of each square before dusting with icing sugar to leave a heart on each brownie.

  10. Bonus step: to present the brownie to your Valentine, you could create this easy-peasy stamp tin.

  11. Take an empty biscuit tin and some old stamps (you can soak them off envelopes using water), or photos of you and your other half.

  12. Lay out the stamps or photos in the way you want them to appear on the tin then paint some Mod Podge glue (available at art and crafts shops) onto the tin, position the stamp or photo in place, and paint another layer of Mod Podge on top. Repeat until the tin is covered.

  13. Line the tin with baking paper and fill with the brownies, placing a sheet of baking paper between each layer.

  14. For a finishing touch, cut a label out of cardboard, write a message to your Valentine, and thread some ribbon or string through a punched hole before tying it around the tin.

  15. 5. If your children want to get in on the act, why not try this easy biscuit recipe instead?

  16. Let us know how your brownies turned out in the comments section below.

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It would help if you put the temperature in gas mark as well. Not everyone has an electric oven.

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The temp is 180 c hun. Its on the first line of the method as you need to preheat the oven, hope this helps x

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Sounds a lovely recipe which I have in the oven at the moment but recipe doesn't state what temperature the brownie should be cooked at! I'm kekeping my fingers crossed that these work out.

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