carrot patches

carrot patches

carrot patches

These gooey carrot patch brownies are deliciously ‘muddy’ when you cut into them.

  • 1 hr + cooling
  • Makes 6
  • Intermediate

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE BROWNIE

  • 250g soft butter
  • 500ml sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 15ml vanilla essence
  • 250ml cake flour
  • 250ml cocoa powder
  • pinch salt

FOR THE CHOCOLATE SOIL

  • 50g soft butter
  • 80ml cocoa powder
  • 375ml icing sugar
  • 60ml milk
  • 5ml vanilla essence
  • pinch salt

FOR THE CARROT PATCHES

  • 12 thick vanilla wafers
  • 18 fondant carrots

METHOD

  1. For the brownies, preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 19cm x 25cm rectangular tin with baking paper. Beat butter and sugar for 3 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in flour, cocoa and salt until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top.
  3. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the centre of the brownie no longer wobbles and is just set to the touch
    (the brownies will continue to bake a little out of the oven). Cool.
  4. For the chocolate soil, beat all the ingredients for about 3 minutes or until combined.
  5. For the carrot patches, cut the wafers in half (through the icing). Cut the sides off the brownies and cut the inside into 6 x 6cm squares. Use some of the icing to ‘glue’ four wafers around the sides of each brownie.
  6. Spoon remaining icing into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle. Pipe on top of the brownies. Insert 3 carrots into each.

Variation: 

  • Cut the brownies into 20 squares and serve on their own (without the icing, wafers or carrots).
  • Add 250ml chocolate chips or chopped pecan nuts to the brownie batter.
  • Use cooled coffee in the icing instead of milk.

FEATURE: MARGIE ELS-BURGER ASSISTED BY NOMVUSELELO MNCUBE PHOTOS: DYLAN SWART

Tip

Buy fondant carrots from baking stores.

Magazine issue date: April, 2017


Joni van der Merwe

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Digital editor I’m getting married in 2018 and I think it’s the perfect time to focus on my relationship with not only my fiance but my friends, family and colleagues too. I want to nurture and cherish the people I love by being more understanding and present in their lives.

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