I always help with some Christmas cooking at school. MrsDrWho spotted a Betty Crocker Christmas Tree Brownie Mix Kit ( endless name) and after going to five supermarkets and making three phone calls I finally tracked some down. It is sensible to ask the aide to cook with something that needs as little explanation as possible. I would use my favourite plain brownie recipe: This one is good, and so is this.
It all went very smoothly and the brownies tasted fine. I tested them on my next-door neighbour!! Icing and sprinkles are included and you only need 1/2 cup melted butter and two eggs. You could use 1/2 cup oil at a pinch. It really is so easy to mix. I baked the brownie in ab25 x 16cm slice tin. The brownie is the perfect depth and only took 30 minutes to cook. I made a little template for cutting out the triangle shapes: an isosceles triangle with a base of 6cm and a height of 8cm. I managed to cut 16 little tree shapes and there was hardly any waste.
I gently stuck a paddle pop stick into the "tree" and it all went very well!!! My paddle pop sticks were as huge as tongue depressors, but that was what I had on hand. All in all, very successful. I made my own simple icing from icing sugar mixture and water and piped with a ziplock bag, and I tried a few different sprinkles. I will definitely add Christmas Tree Brownies to my list this year.
Christmas Tree Brownies makes 14-16
- I used a box mix, any brownie mix that is firm should do the trick, or use your own favourite recipe.
- This mix required 1/2 cup melted butter and two eggs.
- The box included the icing and sprinkles, however a cup of icing sugar, water and a ziplock bag will do the trick.
- Any and various sprinkles and/or lollies for decoration.
- Paddle pop sticks if you are making trees with trunks!!
If you are using this Brownie Mix, preheat the oven to 180*C or fan-forced 160*C. Melt the 1/2 cup of butter and I do that in an oven-proof bowl while the oven is heating. Put the brownie mix in a bowl, make a well in the centre and add the melted butter and two eggs. Whisk until combined: about ten seconds!!!
Grease and then line a 25 x 16cm slice tin with baking paper. Spoon in the brownie mixture and smooth the top. I get to use my offset spatula and feel all cheffy!! Bake for 25-30 minutes. A toothpick or skewer stuck into the centre should come out clean when it is cooked. I always turn my tins halfway through.
Cool in the tin for 15 minutes and then on a rack until completely cold.
Cut the brownie in half lengthways and then cut out triangle shapes, using the tessellation idea. This means there is as little waste as possible. You can make a template or just cut away blithely. Carefully lift the trees onto some baking paper and get ready to decorate. There is some frosting in the box or make your own icing and use a ziplock bag with a tiny corner snipped off to pipe.
I didn't try to pipe just on top of the tree, I went wildly* from side to side and then cleaned up the edges at the end when the icing was almost set.
*Well not too wildly, but I felt wicked!!
In the end I drizzled the sprinkles over the top and reclaimed any excess when the icing was set. I used some 100s and 1000s, and some red sanding sure as well. All in all a very quick, delicious and Christmassy idea.