Brownies with a Twist

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Who doesn’t love brownies?! I have to say myself I make a mean brownie but it’s mainly been from other recipes and adding extras (like my Jelly Tot brownies! Not for the fainthearted!). Or my protein brownies found here so when I decided I wanted to change things up, D was more than happy to be my guinea pig. As were my new work colleagues when I arrived to my first day on Tuesday morning with a fresh batch of these under my arm! Needless to say it was a good first day!
Cinnamon brownies coffee mug
Enjoy with a coffee

100g dark chocolate (I use 70% as less likely to burn and adds richness)

150g butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup white flour
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne/ hot chilli powder
1/4 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 180 Celsius (fan, 200 Celsius normal)
2. Break/chop dark chocolate into a heat proof bowl and add butter. Melt these together to form a glossy liquid. You can do this by using either a bain marie (place bowl over saucepan of boiling water) or blasting in the microwave at 30 sec intervals. I use the microwave and usually takes about 90 secs, stirring in between blasts. 
3. Add sugar into butter & chocolate mix little by little, it does seem a little grainy due to the amount but this will be fine (trust me!).
4. Crack eggs into a jug/mug and beat lightly with vanilla extract. Add this into your mixture and mix until the egg is fully combined.
5. Sieve flour, cinnamon, chili powder and salt into a bowl to integrate. Add the wet mixture to the dry by folding to keep as much air in as possible and keep the mixture light. It is quite a dense brownie but you don’t want to make it heavier!
6. Line a roasting tin with parchment paper and grease lightly. 
7. Pour mixture into tin and spread out evenly.
8. Place in middle rack of oven for roughly 25 minutes. I usually check at 20 and needs another few minutes. Check with a knife or skewer if you have one that it comes out clear it’s done!

What’s your favourite baked treat? Can you resist treats? 
Would love your links to your fave recipes in the comments below!
Have a great weekend,