Simnel brownies

Simnel brownies

20 mins Prep · 30 mins Cook

These dark and decadent chocolate brownies are loaded with chunks of marzipan, spices and dried fruit. Make sure not to over-bake the brownies – they should be gooey when removed from the oven

Created by Spinneys
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Serves Makes 16
Cuisine British
Special Occasion Easter
Diet Vegetarian
Preparation Moderate

Cooking Instructions

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Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease a 20cm square baking tin and line the base with baking paper. Roughly chop the dark chocolate and place in a large bowl. Roughly chop the marzipan. Zest the orange.


Melt the butter and bring to a simmer. Pour over the chopped chocolate. Stir until smooth.


Mix in the sugar, then leave to cool for a few minutes.


Beat in the eggs, then sift in the flour, mixed spice, zest, dried fruit and ¾ of the marzipan. Fold until the mixture is smooth and glossy.


Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top. Sprinkle with the remaining marzipan and flaked almonds.


Bake for 25 minutes or until the top starts to crack, but the centre remains gooey.


Turn off the oven and leave the brownies inside for a further 5 minutes before removing.


Allow to cool completely in the tin before slicing.