4 Mar 2013

St. Patrick's Day 'Greenies'

I have a confession to make.  I have never really celebrated Paddy's day.  I know, it's terrible especially considering I'm a quarter Irish.  Somehow I always end up being busy and can't go and spend it in the pub like I should.  This year I am determined to do something themed, even if it's only little.  These 'greenies' will be perfect as they're super easy to make and are based on a blondie recipe (brownies made with white chocolate), but with the addition of a splash of colour.

Adapted from BBC Food.

You will need:
225g caster sugar
4 free-range eggs
225g melted butter, plus extra for greasing
150g plain flour (I used gluten free of course)
225g chopped white chocolate
4 tbsp icing sugar (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and grease an 8 inch/20 cm square tin with butter (if loose bottomed make sure you line the pan as it will leak out!  I have made that mistake before!).

Mix the sugar and the eggs together in a large bowl, then slowly add the melted butter. Make sure it has cooled slightly because you don't want to scramble your eggs!

Sift in the flour and mix thoroughly.  Then add the green food colouring, add until desired colour has been achieved.

Add the chopped white chocolate and fold into the mixture.  Pour into the prepared tin, shake the tin slightly to level out the mixture and then place in the oven for 30-35 minutes.  
When cooked, remove from oven and leave to cool.  

You can just slice the 'greenies' into squares OR make them into beautiful shamrocks. 

Whilst the mixture is still slightly warm (just slightly or it may fall apart), use a heart shaped cookie cutter to portion your 'greenies'.  I managed to get about 6 hearts with some bits left over.  Arrange your hearts as below and cut the excess into longish strips to make the stalks. 

Place in the fridge until completely cool.
If you wish you can make some green icing using icing sugar, green food colouring and a few drops of warm water.  Just drizzle over your 'greenies'.
If you have a go at making these, please let me know by posting on my Facebook page or by leaving a comment below.

Have a great day!


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