Valentines Day is right around the corner. You want a recipe that gives amazing results but is easy to make. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! These sultry Red Velvet Chocolate Swirl Brownies are the perfect treat to make for you and your partner this Valentines Day. They’re incredibly easy to make, use only one bowl (minimal pots, yay!) and are really really yummy!
Here is what you will need to make 9 large or 16 smaller bars.
(Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks.)
*You will probably need quite a lot and the amount will vary considerably depending on what type you use. I used an Extra Strong Red Food Gel and I needed about a heaped 1/4 teaspoon. Use your judgement but it does take quite a bit to turn a chocolate mixture red!
Preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 170°C and lightly grease and line the base & 2 sides of the baking tin.
In a large, microwavable bowl, melt the butter in 20 second intervals stirring between each time.
Add in the egg, brown sugar & vanilla extract and beat until blended together.
Add the cocoa powder and beat again until it’s all mixed in.
Now for the food colouring. Depending on which colouring you are using, the amount you will need will vary. Add gradually so you don’t overdo it and use your judgement. Remember, once baked, the mixture will become a little lighter in colour.
Lastly, add in the flour & a pinch of salt. Give it a good mix until it’s nice & smooth and no lumps remain.
Tip the batter into the prepared tin & smooth out roughly with the back of a spoon.
In a microwavable jug or small bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 20 second intervals. Stir well between each blast & make sure you don’t overheat it. As Mary Berry would say, chocolate melts in a child’s pocket!
Pour the chocolate over the brownie batter in lines. Don’t worry if it’s not neat. (Or if the baking paper falls on the chocolate!)
Take a skewer, cocktail stick or knife and drag lines in the opposite direction to create a feathered effect.
Place into the oven to bake for 15 – 20 minutes. My oven has hot spots so I like to turn mine round halfway through the cooking time to ensure an even bake. To check if it’s cooked, place a skewer into the middle of the brownie. When you remove it, it should have just a tiny bit of batter on it. If there’s lots, cook for a few more minutes. But just a little? You know it’s going to be lovely and gooey!
If you can contain yourself, allow the brownie to cool completely in the tin before removing and slicing into 9 pieces.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
You can’t tell me that’s not easy! These Red Velvet Chocolate Swirl Brownies would be amazing warmed up with a scoop of your favourite ice cream on top… Mmmmm! That’s pudding well and truly sorted for Valentines Day then!
In other news, have you seen the new KitchenMason app yet? No? What are you waiting for?! Head over to the app store HERE for iPhones & iPads or the Google Play store HERE for Android to get your very own FREE copy!
I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next time.