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.