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This was from a recipe in a cookbook of Shaun's though we doubled up the ingredients and tweaked a couple of them. The recipe was for dark chocolate brownies, and we used milk chocolate as it was for the kids as much as us; however in retrospect I would probably use less sugar.
340g brown sugar
110g plain white flour
tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
Melt the butter/margarine and chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of heated water. Leave to cool for 5 mins. Then beat in first the sugar, then the eggs, then the vanilla essence.
Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Then fold in the chocolate mixture.
When all is mixed, pour into a greased tray. Bake for 25 mins at 180 degrees C. If you have a fan oven, like we do, try 160 degrees C. We turned it down to this after the edges started to burn.
For the decoration, we used:
Edible silver glitter
Red sugar balls (over here they come in mixed colours, we just picked them out)
First I painted out the web shape with melted chocolate using the edge of a spoon, then sprinkled silver glitter over the web strands. The spiders are blobs of chocolate, I tried to pull out 8 legs with a knife but it didn't work all that well, and decorated their bodies with chocolate strands. Then used red sugar balls for their eyes, would have looked really silly with 8 on each spider so I did 4.
Verdict: They are yummy but a little too sugary, I would do less sugar and a bit more flour and chocolate next time, possibly even cocoa instead of some of the sugar.
This is the whole thing before it was cut into squares. It looks black on top in the photo but it's dark brown in reality with a sort of caramel brown inside.