Christmas on Becca's Books | Rudolph's Red Nose Brownies with Sue Watson

~ Rudolph's Red Nose Brownies ~

With Sue Watson

These delicious, cranberry studied brownies always take me right back to my childhood. Back home in the vanilla and cinnamon scented kitchen I would ‘help’ my mum by sampling the batter and scattering the dried cranberries, which we’d pretend were Rudolph noses. Every Christmas Eve, mum would leave one of these for Father Christmas and one for Rudolph, and on Christmas Morning they were gone - which is why I kept believing in Father Christmas…still do!

250g dark chocolate
100g butter, plus a little extra for greasing the tin
3 eggs
250g cooked beetroot, drained
250g light brown sugar
150g ground almonds
2tbsp cocoa
1tbsp baking powder
50g dried cranberries
Teaspoon of cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a 23cm square baking tin with a little butter and line with non-stick baking paper. Leave two ‘tails’ at either side to help you lift the cooked brownie out of the tin.

Break up the chocolate into squares, place in a heatproof bowl with the butter, and set over a pan of barely simmering water. Allow the mixture to gently melt, while stirring gently.

Tip the beetroot into a food processor and purée, (Amy’s mum used to mash with a strong potato masher, but I love my gadgets!) Then add the melted chocolate, butter and eggs and whizz again until combined. Then add the sugar, ground almonds, cocoa, baking powder and cinnamon and process until you have a smooth batter. Lift the lid off - breathe in, and the sweet, spicy fragrance of chocolate and cinnamon will take you straight to Christmas heaven.

Now pour into the baking tin, sprinkle on the cranberries (Rudolph noses) and bake for about 30 minutes until the top is set and the brownie is starting to pull a little away from the sides of the tin.

Once out of the oven, ease the brownie from the tin with the paper ‘tails’ and cut into 16 squares.  There are lots of things you can do now, you can sample the cake to make sure it’s okay (a necessity I would say!) then when cool, you could dust the surface with a little icing sugar, while singing ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.’ Or – as it’s Christmas you can go completely over the top and cover in candy, sugar strands and glitter… because there’s no such thing as too much topping!

Happy Christmas!

Sue Watson was a TV Producer with the BBC who combined motherhood and family life with a busy career. However, one day it dawned on Sue that Cosmo magazine may have been telling porkies about 'having it all,' and her life had become a slightly crazed juggling act. 

So after much soul searching (and comfort eating) Sue abandoned her TV career, bought a pink laptop and wrote 'Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes.' It was then Sue realised she couldn't stop writing and produced 'Younger, Thinner, Blonder' 'Love, Lies and Lemon Cake' and 'Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake,' 'Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams,' and 'Bella's Christmas Bake Off.'

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where she bakes (and eats) lots of cake. She spends much of her time making big decisions about whether to have Caramel Chew Chew or Peanut Butter ice cream (or both?) while watching 'The Biggest Loser USA,' and procrastinating over her latest novel. 
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