Saturday, 13 November 2010

Gift in a Jar - Dark Chocolate Chunk Brownie Mix

The girls and I are starting to think about making inexpensive Christmas gifts.  My eldest thought of a gift idea for people who usually buy packet baking mixes or don't bake at all.  Why not give them a delicious Dark Chocolate Chunk Brownie Mix in a jar.

Ingredients for the jar:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup dark chocolate chunks

3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

1 cup sugar

Make the mix

In a large jar, layer the flour, salt, and baking powder. Using a wide-mouth funnel makes this a little easier. Add cocoa and shake the jar just slightly to level the layer. Then add the dark chocolate chips then the walnuts or pecans. Put the 1 cup of sugar in a small food storage bag; seal or tie well then shape into a small enough shape to fit into top of jar.  Press the sugar bag into the top of the jar.

Directions for Gift Tag - Dark Chocolate Chunk Brownies

You will need:

115g/4oz butter,

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4.

Line a 8-inch (20cm) baking pan.

Take bag of sugar from the top of the jar and pour into a mixing bowl. Add 4 ounces of softened butter.  Beat until light, then beat in the two eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla until creamy.  Empty the rest of the jar into the mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until dry ingredients are well moistened. Mixture will be stiff.  Spread brownie batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until brownies are set. Cool in pan before cutting into squares.

Of course the jar can be decorated however you like, we add a wooden spoon tied on with ribbon.  You could decorate the outside of the jar with glass paints too for a more festive look.

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