Chocolate brownies so easy to make the hardest part is not “over-sampling” the After Eights before you put them in the mix!
First a note on After Eights. As these are made by Nestle, I’m hoping they’re available outside of UK. If not, I’m hoping you can find a substitute. They’re after dinner mints: thin dark chocolate squares with a layer of mint fondant inside. They cook beautifully inside the brownie and give a subtle, not overpowering mint flavour to the chocolate brownies. This is what they look like:
- 180 g butter/margarine
- 180 g dark chocolate
- 3 large eggs
- 250 g caster sugar
- 110 g plain flour
- 300 g box of After Eights
Method (makes 16 – 20 brownies)
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C.
- Line your brownie pan or baking tray with baking paper. My tin measures 24 x 20 x 4 cm.
- Melt the butter and chocolate together in a bowl. You can do this over a pan of hot water or you can cheat, like me, and use the microwave to give the mixture short zaps then stir in between zaps.
- Beat the eggs together with the sugar in another bowl.
- Let the butter and chocolate mix cool a little before adding the eggs and sugar. Add the flour. Beat the mixture until smooth.
- Pour a third of the mixture into the tin. Use the After Eights to create a chocolate layer. I used whole After Eights. Cover this layer with the second third of the mixture. Lay down another layer of After Eights – this time I used broken up After Eights. Pour the rest of the mixture into the tin. The following pictures probably explain this better:
Bake for 3o-35 minutes. Brownies should be moist, so a knife stuck into the middle of the pan should come out with a little mixture stuck to it. But it shouldn’t be totally liquid! After 30 minutes I turned my oven off and left the brownies in there another 10 minutes. Then, when I took them out of the oven, I left them to cool completely in the tin.
I cut this slab of chocolatey goodness into 16 brownies, but how many you get depends on how large you like your brownies 🙂
That’s it! Enjoy on their own or warm with ice cream. Mmmmmm…