I'm a bit partial to the odd glass of Baileys at Christmas, and when it can be combined with baking as well I am in seventh heaven. This recipe for Bailey's Brownies has my name all over it, especially as it looks so easy!
Baileys is on offer at Tesco for £12 a litre so I will be getting myself a bottle there for the festive season, but if you can't bear to use that in the cooking then you can always try the Aldi version 'Ballycastle'* as at £3.99 a bottle it's much easier to splash about in your recipes. Whether it tastes the same is another matter. (Much less creamy if you ask me.) Anyway, here's the Bailey's Brownies Recipe:
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp instant coffee powder (optional)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 inch pan with foil and lightly spritz with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, instant coffee powder, baking soda, and salt until combined.
Place chocolate and butter in a large microwave-proof bowl and melt in 30 second spurts, stirring in between each interval until completely melted. Set aside to cool a bit. (Alternatively, melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan set over low heat, stirring frequently until melted. Set aside to cool.)
Once the chocolate mixture is warm (not hot!), add eggs one at a time, whisking constantly to incorporate. Whisk vigorously for about 10 seconds to incorporate fully. Add sugar, vanilla, and Bailey's and whisk until combined. Add the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture, folding until just combined.
Pour batter into the prepared pan, using a spatula to smooth out the top. Bake at 350F for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool, and dust with cocoa powder or icing sugar if desired.
(Original recipe and image from Gimme Some Oven)