Easy sweet potato brownies, turned into spooky (cute!) mummies with white chocolate for Halloween!
I’m glad that Autumn is finally here! Although I love summer, and I had a wonderful summer this year but I also appreciate the colours of Autumn, cooking with seasonal produce, and of course preparing for Halloween!
Halloween means fun costumes, spooky decorations, and a good excuse to bake batches of brownies with the kids to decorate for Halloween. For some reason, I seem to really prefer “cute” Halloween decorations, rather than scary ones. I also love to decorate cupcakes, these Halloween peanut butter cupcakes were decorated with chocolate spider webs that I made. I also decorated these chocolate cupcakes with bones, where the bones were made with white chocolate. And because white chocolate is so good to use for decorating Halloween treats, I’ve also used it to make these mummy sweet potato brownies!
SWEET POTATO BROWNIES
Recently I’ve been really enjoying making desserts with vegetables. It’s all over the internet, and as much as I love veg I was a bit skeptical to try and add veg to desserts at first, but when I did I couldn’t believe how moist and delicious the desserts turned out! I’ve always loved baking courgette/zucchini bread but I still haven’t experimented much with veg and desserts. So for the past week, I’ve been experimenting with sweet potato brownies. I think that the chocolate sweet potato combination is great, and the sweet potatoes make the mixture incredibly fudgy!
HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATO BROWNIES
Because the sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, I added less sugar to this recipe than I would normally add to my chocolate brownies. And I used Iceland’s frozen Sweet Potato Chunks. I love cooking with frozen veg, especially for things that need some preparation (cleaned, peeled, chopped, etc..) before cooking.
I’m one of these people who always stock up on frozen veg in their freezers. Because it means that I always have different veg in my freezer whenever I need to use it, without having to worry about the veg going off. It also really reduces waste, as I can take the amount of veg that I need to cook with and leave the rest in the freezer until I need it. Thanks to the #PowerOfFrozen and Iceland Foods cooking with veg is becoming more convenient and easy. I shop at my local Bristol Iceland Foods store, that is usually well stocked up with everything that I need, but it’s also very convenient to shop with them online for high-quality foods.
To prepare the sweet potatoes for the recipe, all you have to do is boil the sweet potato chunks in water until the potatoes are cooked and soft. And then mash the potatoes using a potato masher.
The ingredients used in the recipe are quite simple. So I’ve added eggs, butter, chocolate, sugar, flour, baking powder, cacao powder and vanilla extract.
HALLOWEEN MUMMY SWEET POTATO BROWNIES
Now to make these sweet potato brownies suitable for Halloween, I decided to decorate them with some melted white chocolate and edible eyes to create cute mummy brownies. I think that white chocolate goes very well with brownies, and these edible eyes are so cute and can be found at any crafts shop or major supermarkets at the baking section.
My nephew really enjoyed helping me decorate these Mummy sweet potato brownies. All you have to do is melt white chocolate either over a double boiler or in the microwave (depending on what sort of chocolate you’re using, but if it isn’t melting well then you can add a small piece of butter). Then using a ziplock bag, pour the melted chocolate and cut a small opening in the corner of the bag. Pipe out the melted chocolate in a zig-zag pattern on the brownie, and decorate with edible eyes immediately to make sure that they stick before the white chocolate sets.
For the white chocolate to set, place the brownies in the fridge or if you’re in a hurry then place them in the freezer!
If you’re looking for a gluten-free recipe, then you must try these gluten free brownies.
Sweet Potato Brownies
- 90 grams unsalted butter cubed
- 90 grams milk chocolate
- 300 grams sweet potatoes
- 90 grams granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 90 grams all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 100 grams white chocolate
- 18 edible eyes
- Preheat oven to 180c, and grease a 20cm square brownie pan.
- Boil sweet potato chunks in water, until they're cooked and soft. And then mash them using a potato masher.
- In the microwave, melt the butter with the chocolate.
- In a bowl, add sweet potato mash, eggs, vanilla extract with sugar and butter chocolate mixture. Beat until smooth.
- Sift in flour, baking powder and cacao powder. Mix well.
- Pour mixture into brownie pan, and smooth out the top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. Make sure not to over bake the brownies, remove from oven when mixture is still soft in the middle.
- When brownies cool down, remove from pan and cut into 9 squares.
- To decorate for Halloween, melt the white chocolate in the microwave and place in a ziplock bag. Cut the corner of the bag, and pipe out back and forth in a zig zag motion to create Mummies.
- Decorate with edible eyes, and place in the fridge for the chocolate to set.
KIDS HALLOWEEN PARTY
As we are throwing an early Halloween party for the kids this year, I thought of some great party ideas and this is what I came up with!
- After testing out this healthier version of brownies, I will be baking 3 batches of these for the kids and let them decorate them and it will be a great fun activity for the kids!
- I will be getting lots of great party food from Iceland Foods this year. The kids LOVE the mini pizzas, the cute ghost lollies, the filo pastry wrapped mummy prawns, and the jalapeño roulette wheel!
So that’s my plan for our little Halloween party this year, I will be posting some pictures on my social media of our party so keep an eye on my social media accounts!
I will be sharing more sweet potato recipes this month as I love cooking and baking with seasonal produce. Another great recipe that I recently came across is this Sweet Potato Frosting, it’s made with fresh ginger and a great idea to use more veg when making desserts!
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