The perfect sweet treat to make for St Patrick's Day

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The perfect sweet treat to make for St Patrick's Day

Decadent, rich chocolate brownies topped with a honey comb and a helping of mint ice-cream makes for the perfect St. Patrick's Day treat

Decadent, rich chocolate brownies topped with a honey comb and a helping of mint ice-cream makes for the perfect St. Patrick's Day treat. Siúcra and Catherine Fulvio together have created the perfect recipe for you to whip up at home this St Patrick’s Day.

Mint Brownies

Makes 16 squares

 

For the brownie

180g dark chocolate, broken

100g butter

½ tsp vanilla extract

3 drops peppermint extract

180g Siucra soft brown sugar

3 eggs, beaten

120g plain flour

1tsp baking powder

 

For the honeycomb

220g Siucra caster sugar

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

 

mint chocolate ice-cream to serve

mint sprigs, to garnish

 

To make the brownies

1.      Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C/Gas 3.

2.      Line a baking tray 20cm x 20cm with baking parchment.

3.      Place the broken chocolate, butter and peppermint extract in a bowl over a bain marie and melt.  Allow to cool slightly, then stir in the sugar. Carefully fold in the beaten eggs.

4.      Sift the flour and the baking powder and gently fold into the mixture.

5.      Pour the mixture into the baking tray and bake for about 20 to 22 minutes or until just set.

6.      Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool, then cut into 16 squares.

 

To prepare the honeycomb

1.      Line a 20cm x 20cm baking tray with foil and brush with a little oil.  

2.      Place the caster sugar into a deep saucepan (it must be a deep saucepan as the honeycomb bubbles up) over a low heat until it turns amber in colour.

3.      Take the saucepan off the heat and add the bicarbonate of soda and quickly stir with a wooden spoon. Be careful the honeycomb will bubble up. Pour the honeycomb into the tin and leave to cool completely. Leave for 1½ hours until cold before cracking and roughly crushing.

 

To decorate and serve

1.      Place chocolate brownie on serving plate with a scoop of mint chocolate ice-cream and spoon crushed honeycomb on top of each brownie, sprinkle with icing sugar (in the shape of a shamrock if you want to be really creative) and a mint sprig to serve.