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A ‘Berry’ Red Christmas!

24 Dec

When I think Christmas, I picture a burst of ‘red’ and comfort food with rich aroma in the air. That’s why while thinking of a Christmas dessert recipe I wanted to bring these three elements together – red, rich aroma and a melt in the mouth experience. That’s how I put together the recipe of my ‘Red Velvet Brownies with Strawberry and Cinnamon Jam’. This new recipe could well be the winner of your Christmas meal 🙂

Ingredients for the Red Velvet Brownies (Makes 12 mid sized brownies)

150 gms flour

60 gms coco powder

120 gms caster sugar

75 gms butter

2 eggs

½ teaspoon salt

Red food colour

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Ingredients for the Strawberry-Cinnamon Jam

24 mid sized strawberries (finely chopped)

25 gms unsalted butter

50 gms caster sugar

1 cinnamon flavored teabag or fresh cinnamon powder

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Step 1

For the brownie, mix all ingredients together and pour it on a buttered tray to form an even layer. Ensure semi liquid consistency. Once the mixture is in the baking tray, place it in a pre-heated oven and bake at 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Insert a toothpick after 20 minutes to see if it’s done. Take it out of the oven only if the toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool.

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Step 2

For some rich aroma I chose to add cinnamon in the jam. You could use fresh cinnamon powder but I used one of the best flavored tea I’ve tasted (a treasure I brought back from my trip to Sri Lanka). Place the Cinnamon tea bag in 1/4th cup of water till it turns dark and has soaked in the cinnamon flavours.

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Step 3

Now for the jam, heat a pan and add butter and caster sugar. Now add the finely chopped strawberries and cinnamon flavoured tea. Let it cook at medium flame for 10-15 minutes or until the strawberries have turned soft. Now pour the jam in a bowl, let it cool and place it in the fridge.

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Step 4

When its dessert time, cut the brownie and place the aromatic, flavorful jam on it. Trust me, it’s going to be one awesome treat for the taste buds 🙂

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The good part about this recipe is that you don’t have to scramble on the last day to bake your dessert, this can well be made a day or two in advance but will still taste fresh when you serve it.