Mars Bar Brownies

 

Mars Bar Brownies

Makes 16 squares

I’ve always loved Mars bars. Ever since I was a kid. In fact, I loved them so much that I ate one for breakfast every day of my high school exams. I’m not naturally clever and any exam that I ever passed, I had to swot like crazy for. However, I never used to study for the faux exams or the “mocks” because I was saving my brain and my Mars bar for the real deal exam. As a result, my mock results were consistently awful and my teachers predicted I would fail everything, but only just. Can you imagine their surprise and my relief when I passed everything in the end. It is for this reason, among others that I will always be thankful to Mars bars, and to this day, I always have a Mars bar for breakfast on the day of an exam. You know what they say “a Mars a day helps you work rest and play”… And pass exams.

Anyways, I digress. When I was at my mum’s we were taking a plate to a friend’s house and the plate my mum wanted to take was Brownies. Having already tried my hand at Twix Brownies and Snickers Brownies, we thought Mars bars would be the way to go which pleased me immensely because Mars bars will always have a special place in my heart. (See above.)

These Mars Bar Brownies are the business; dark, fudgey and as you would hope, packed full of Mars bars. The best bit is that the Mars bars are chopped up super small, so there’s little bits of that chocolatey caramelly deliciousness in every bite, If you don’t believe me, try for yourself!

Thermomix Mars Bar Brownies

Ingredients – Traditional

100g butter

40g  cocoa

2 eggs

200g caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

50g  self raising flour

3-4 Mars bars (100g – 150g)

How to – Traditional

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / 160C fan-forced. Grease a 20cm square tin and line with baking paper.
  2. Chop the Mars bars into 0.5cm cubes. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a small pan or in microwave and then remove from heat. Stir in cocoa and beat until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir in the vanilla extract.
  6. Sift the flour over the top of the chocolate mixture and fold with a metal spoon and a figure of 8 movement. Fold in the chopped Mars.
  7. Pour mixture into prepared tin and level the top.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes until there is a dull crust and the sides are coming away from the edge of the tin.
  9. Cool in tin and cut into squares.

Ingredients – Thermomix

200g raw sugar

100g butter

40g  cocoa

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

50g  self-raising flour

3-4 Mars bars (100g-150g)

How to – Thermomix

  1. Preheat oven to  180C /160C fan forced. Grease a 20cm square tin and line with baking paper.
  2. Chop the Mars bars into 0.5cm cubes. Set aside.
  3. Mill the sugar for 10 seconds on speed 9.
  4. Add the butter and cocoa into the TM bowl and melt for 5 minutes on  speed 2 at 60 degrees. Check that the mixture is melted.
  5. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix for 10 seconds on speed 4.
  6. Add sugar and mix for 10 seconds on speed 4.
  7. Add the flour and mix for 10 seconds on speed 4. Scrape down the sides and base of the bowl  and mix for a further 5 seconds on speed 4.
  8. Add the chopped Mars bars to the TM bowl and mix for 10 seconds on reverse speed 2.
  9. Pour mixture into prepared tin and level the top.
  10. Bake for about 30 minutes until there is a dull crust and the sides are coming away from the edge of the tin.
  11. Cool in tin and cut into squares.

Thermomix Mars Bar Brownies