Melting Hearts – Maximum Brownie Points (for minimum effort)

Unashamed cooking cheat for a Dydd Santes Dwynwen or St Valentine's Day Treat - chocolate brownies with extra chocolate.

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  • 2One packet of chocolate brownie mix
  • Whatever additions the packet demands, like an egg or some milk
  • A few squares of your loved one’s favourite chocolate

Heart shaped tins if you have them.  If not, small cake tins or, at a push, muffin tins.

Get the oven to a stable 190 degrees Celsius.

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  1. 1) Make up the mix as instructed and pour into greased tins. You might want to line the tins with baking parchment, or use muffin cases if you are making muffins. You don't want to get into a sticking situation here.
  2. 2) Put the tins on a baking sheet which has the bottom covered with baking beans or a sandwich of foil round damp kitchen paper. Both these methods help to stop the bottom burning before the rest of the cake is cooked.
  3. 3) Push some pieces of chocolate into the middle of the mix. These will create a luxurious, gooey chocolate centre.
  4. 4) Pop them in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes (less for muffins), but keep an eye on them so they don't burn.
  5. 5) Melt some extra chocolate in a small pan on the stove top. You could use white chocolate for this because the contrast of the pale drizzle on the chocolate brown cake is very tempting.
  6. 6) The cakes are cooked when the top is spongey to the touch. The middle should still be runny inside and the top will sink a bit.
  7. 7) Take them out of the oven and turn out on to a plate. Drizzle over the melted chocolate. Serve and take all the credit!