Snow-flecked santa brownies

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Oh my word, I saw something today I have not seen in years….

An old lady with a blue rinse.

And then my mind went bonkers.  It really got me thinking…..all the way home.

Where do these ladies get their blue rinse done?  Do they actually ask for a blue rinse or is it a home dye job gone bad?  Is it something that hairdressers (using the term loosely here) actually do? Is it that same place that men go to get mullets and comb overs?  If I went to the chemist could I actually find a shade called blue rinse?  Do these ladies actually know that their hair is blue or are have their cataracts really started impairing their vision (bless)? Why is it always blue? If granny wants to go a little crazy with her hair colour, why not green? pink? orange?

My dearest readers, can any of you please demystify the blue rinse for me? I’m dying here from all these questions….

Seeing as we’re talking kitsch here, here’s a little kitsch recipe for these cute little snow-flecked santa brownies.  Sure they’re adore-bubble but they sure taste good as well.

Snow-flecked santa brownies

What you need:

  • 115 g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), roughly chopped
  • 115 g unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 175 g brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp flaky sea salt
  • 85 g plain flour
  • 50 g walnuts
  • 50 g white chocolate chips
  • 8 strawberries
  • 150 ml thickened cream
  • icing sugar

What to do:

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

Prepare a square 8 x 8 inch tin with baking paper and lightly grease the baking paper with butter or oil spray.

Place a heat proof bowl over a simmering pan of water making sure that the bowl does not touch the water.  Put the chocolate and butter into the bowl and gently melt. Take the bowl off the heat.

Whisk in the brown sugar and eggs (one at a time) into the chocolate.  Add the vanilla extract and salt.

With a spoon or spatula, stir through the flour until just combined then add the white chocolate chips and walnuts and gently stir through until evenly distributed.

Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25 mins or until a skewer comes out without any raw batter.

Let the brownies cool in the pan before cutting.

Using a 2 inch biscuit cutter, cut out rounds of brownies and place them on a serving platter.

Dust the brownies with icing sugar.

Cut a centimetre off the pointy end of the strawberry, this will form the Santa’s hat.  On the base, pipe some cream and then place the hat on the top and pipe a little cream pom pom on top of the hat.  Pop the Santa’s onto the brownies and serve.

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  • http://www.whatkatiesbaking.com Katie

    oh my gosh, these are so cute!! my family would love these!

    • http://www.merci-mama.com/ Jules

      Thanks Katie :)

  • Lou

    re: the blue rinse. There is a shampoo for white hair that you leave on for 5 minutes or so to give just a hint of blue (like the shadows in snow). Leave it on longer and your hair becomes lavender or blue, depending on….what? I don’t know that answer.

    re: these snowmen…just a darling creation. Must get busy

    • http://www.merci-mama.com/ Jules

      Thanks Lou, clearly there is a market for blue hair!

  • Sarah

    While I can’t speak to the mysteries of the blue rinse (?!), I can tell you this is exactly the kind of kitsch I can get behind. These little guys are wonderfully charming and adorable, and unlike a lot of Christmas treats, look easy and unfussy to put together.

    We’re celebrating our favorite holiday recipes on this month’s Shine Supper Club and a recipe like this one would be a lovely contribution. I hope you’ll join us!

    • http://www.merci-mama.com/ Jules

      Thanks for visiting Sarah, these guys are so easy to put together and super cute right!

  • Leah

    The blue colour comes from toner, you know the blue liquid used to make blonde hair a whiter/silver/platinum blonde? If you leave that stuff on for too long your hair goes blue. I did it once when I was a blonde and used ‘Magic silver whitener’ to get the yellow/orange colour out of my hair. I had to quickly rinse it to get it back to a nice pale blonde colour. At some point the grannies obviously saw a niche and went for it. I’m a big fan, why not have blue hair? :)

    • http://www.merci-mama.com/ Jules

      I look forward to seeing you in your geriatric years sporting the blue rinse perm :)

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