Christmas Chocolate Brownies

A great alternative to Christmas pudding or mince pies these Christmas brownies will prove a hit with all the family



         275g/10oz plain chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

         275g/10oz unsalted butter

         175g/6oz plain flour

         1 tsp baking powder

         4 large eggs, lightly beaten

         150g chopped marzipan

         150g dried fruit soaked in 2 tablespoons of brandy

         2 tsp mixed spice

         325g/12oz caster sugar



Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas3. Line a 30x20x3.5cm/12x8x1½in tin with lightly buttered greaseproof paper or foil.

        Soak the dried fruit in the alcohol for at least 30 minutes

        Put the plain chocolate and butter in a large bowl, place over a pan of simmering water and allow to melt.

        Whisk the eggs and sugar until pale

        Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl and set aside. Remove the melted chocolate from the heat    and stir into the egg and sugar mixture. Fold in the flour and then add marzipan, fruit and dried spice

        Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared cake tin. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. The top should be firm but the inside should feel soft when cooked. Allow to cool in the tin. Remove the brownies from the tin and cut into squares.