Brownies were one of the first cakes I made when I was younger and I’ve always loved making them as they’re quite quick and simple to do and they taste delicious. Brownies are also a great base for being creative with your baking. You can get so many variations on this classic recipe, just add your favourite sweets, or biscuits (like Oreos) or mix in a spice like ginger or chilli. These particular brownies were very chocolatey thanks to the two types of chocolate (white and milk) and the pecan nuts added a bit of crunch. They were also a Christmas present. Now we may be a long way off Christmas, but a Kilner jar of ingredients, that when put together with butter and eggs to make a tasty treat, is a fantastic present to receive at any time of year. Now you may have seen the recipe for the fudge choc chip cookies that were in my Christmas jar last year, but now I’m going to take you back to the very first jar my friend Vicky gave me, which was for these chocolate brownies. So apologies now for talking about Christmas when Easter is just around the corner, but perhaps this could be a fun alternative to the traditional Easter egg.
I baked the brownies just a few days after Christmas. In fact my family and I had gone for a walk up Glastonbury Tor to work off all the Christmas calories that we had so far consumed, well to make enough room to fill up with some more. The jar with the layered ingredients looked almost too pretty to empty, but my rumbly tummy just couldn’t wait to get baking. I made sure I had the rest of the ingredients not included and followed Vicky’s handwritten recipe.
Once baked and out of the oven, the brownies proved to be extremely popular with the rest of my family, even my dad who can be funny when it comes to chocolate cake. These are a more classic recipe and definitely a crowd pleaser.
If you would like to give these brownies a go then the recipe is below and if you have a friend or family member who is an avid baker, why not think about giving them ingredients in a jar…trust me, they’ll love it! Happy Baking!
Chocolate Brownies in a Jar
In the jar:
½ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of baking powder
170g plain flour
35g cocoa powder
135g brown sugar
150g caster sugar
100g milk chocolate chips
100g white chocolate chips
50g of pecans (optional)
Additional ingredients eg. The refrigerated ones
Preheat the oven to 180°C and line your tin with greaseproof paper
Melt the butter
Then beat the eggs and add them to the melted butter along with all the ingredients in the jar and mix well until combined
Pour the mixture into your baking tin and bake in the oven for 35 minutes (although keep regularly checking after 25 minutes)
Leave to cool completely before cutting your brownies
Eat as they are or serve with a dollop of ice cream