Domestic Sluttery's After Dinner Mint Brownies

Yes, at long last I have finally done some baking as I've been promising for months! N and T were both away last weekend so I decided I'd take advantage of having the flat to myself. I love baking but because our flat is so small and the kitchen is pretty much constantly occupied, especially at weekends, I don't often get the chance, so it was really nice to break out

I'm a huge fan of the blog Domestic Sluttery - in fact I'd probably say it's the blog that inspires me the most - and one of my favourite things about it is their recipe section. They have the most amazing array of food, from gorgeous cakes to delicious-sounding soups, and I just want to make everything on there. This is my first attempt from their Baking for Beginners series and I have to say I found it both incredibly easy and enjoyable; having not baked in so long it was really nice to get back in the kitchen. Plus I wanted to test-drive a couple of minty recipes before I visit my eldest sister E in a couple of weeks. She loves mint so I wanted to take her something she'd like as a thank you for letting me stay over, and I think these will be absolutely perfect.

The brownie recipe is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's - I left out the sea salt as I couldn't find any and after an epic struggle up the hill with my bags of shopping (although it did restore my faith in humanity that four lovely people asked if I wanted help!) I wasn't going back out in the rain to buy it, but I suspect they would be even better with that addition to help cut through the sweetness further. Here's the recipe from Domestic Sluttery with a couple of my notes added in brackets - if you try it let me know!

Brownies in the pan before they were cut. I wish I had smell-o-vision because they smelt amazing!
After dinner mint brownies (makes 16)
You'll need:

  • 170g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 120g light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 110g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 50g plain flour, sifted
  • Pinch of sea salt (I didn't use this as didn't have it)
  • 6-12 thin after dinner mints, depending on the size (I used 12 of Tesco's own brand ones, but I'd use After Eights next time as the Tesco ones didn't have enough minty filling for my liking)
Make it!
  1. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/gas mark 2. Line and grease a small baking tin (the DS recipe says this but I find baking paper a pain to use because it always moves about, so I'm not sure I'd bother next time).
  2. Melt the butter in a pan on a low heat, set aside to cool.
  3. Mix the sugars and eggs together, beating until the mixture is thick and glossy.
  4. Add the vanilla and butted until smooth.
  5. Fold in the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Be careful not to overmix - this will make for a dense brownie.
  6. Spoon half your mixture into the pan, making sure it spreads into the corners. (This is where baking paper was a pain as it moved around a lot and I ended up with a load of mixture under it and had to use my hands to spread it in the end.)
  7. Lay your after dinner mints on top of the mixture in neat rows. If you're using very little ones, you'll fit 12. If they're larger you'll probably fit six.
  8. Add the rest of the mixture on top, spreading it so the mints are totally covered.  (My mints moved about a lot when I was doing this so I wouldn't worry too much about the neatness - it's actually quite fun playing mint roulette to see if you get a really minty one!)
  9. Pop in the oven for about 25-30 minutes until the top is crackling when they're ready to take out of the oven - push a knife/skewer in to see it it comes out almost clean, but make sure you do this a couple of times - otherwise you might be going straight through a bit of gooey after dinner mint.
  10. Leave to go completely cold before cutting (although I was picking bits off the edges of the pan and they were amazing, so I knew the brownies themselves would be awesome).
    You can see the mint layer in the brownie here. Look at that cracked top too!
These are honestly the most addictive things ever - gooey centres, chewy at the edges, super-chocolately and a nice kick from the mint to cut through the sweetness. It's like the brownie equivalent of crack cocaine. I am definitely going to be making this one again, and the success has inspired me to try more DS recipes sometime soon!

Be warned though: they are messy. The mixture sticks to everything - the spoon, your fingers when you try to get it off the spoon, the side of the bowl, the work surface, the brownie pan - and you will probably end up with more on you than in the oven at the end of it. Case in point: this is what my hand looked like after I'd filled the pan with the brownie mix. But it was worth it!

Yes, I'm filthy. I know.
Do you read Domestic Sluttery? Have you ever made any of the recipes from there? And do you have a favourite recipe for brownies? Let me know in the comments and have a great day!

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