Easter Brownies – Simnel By Any Other Name
Quick to make and so delicious to eat. These simnel Easter brownies are rich, fudgy and decadent. And if you like marzipan, there’s a bonus chunk of it in every mouthful.
Now what do you do with 100g of delicious homemade marzipan left over from making your simnel cake? Well, brownies of course – specifically Easter brownies.
I’d had a look at Paul A Young’s simnel brownies, but although I really must try that recipe at some point in my life, I didn’t feel now was it. Possibly the best brownies I’ve yet made are those from Pam Corbin’s most excellent of books Cake: River Cottage handbook no 8.
I still haven’t managed to post the recipe for them, so I’m posting this adapted second version first.
As you can see, I adapted the recipe to make Easter brownies. It’s that time of year.
Apart from adding marzipan and spices to the mix, I used my favourite baking flour, wholemeal spelt flour. I also changed up the chocolate.
As is often the case when I’m baking, I used the occasion to have a bit of a clear out. I had some cranberry dark chocolate left over from Christmas, so I used that instead of plain chocolate. I made up the rest with some extra dark 85% cocoa solids. If I’d not had the cranberry chocolate, I might have been tempted to add some raisins to these Easter brownies.
These took pride of place at our Easter tea – along with the simnel cake, naturally. Really there’s not a great deal to say except mmmmmmm!! Everyone loved them and I will most certainly be making these Easter brownies again. AND they are so quick to make, you still have plenty of time to whip some up for Easter tea.
I hope you all have a very Happy Easter and don’t forget to enjoy your chocolate. Oh! And these gorgeous bakes.
Other Easter Bakes You Might Like
- Almond Easter thumbprint cookies
- Amaretto Easter cupcakes with crystallised flowers
- Creme egg buns
- Hot cross bun pancakes
- Hot cross buns
- Nettle, lemon & white chocolate cupcakes
- Simnel mincemeat Easter cake with chocolate truffle apostles
- Spicy chocolate & orange Easter bundt cake
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Easter Brownies – The Recipe
- 185 g dark chocolate
- 185 g unsalted butter
- 3 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
- 275 g sugar (I used 175g vanilla golden caster & 100g dark molasses sugar)
- 85 g wholemeal spelt flour
- 40 g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- good grating of nutmeg
- 100 g of marzipan - cut into small cubes
- Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over a low heat then leave to cool slightly.
- Whisk the eggs and sugar together using an electric whisk for a good 5 minutes until the mixture is thick and doubled in volume.
- Fold the chocolate into the eggs.
- Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and grate in some nutmeg.
- Fold it all in together as carefully as possible.
- Gently stir in the marzipan.
- Spoon into a 23 cm (9") sq silicone cake mould or lined tin and bake for 30 minutes at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4).
- Leave to cool overnight.
- Remove from the mould, cut into 16 squares and press a mini chocolate egg onto the top of each one.
Every month Kate of What Kate Baked and Karen of Lavender and Lovage take turns hosting a tea time treats event where it’s usually very hard to resist virtual overindulgence. I’m submitting these Easter simnel brownies to the massive Easter party hosted this month by Kate.