Bake something to bring joy to January

At Trex we believe the new year is a time for simple pleasures, so we challenged Thomas to bake something to bring joy to January. And what could be more delightful than the ultimate chocolate brownie?

It's an easy and affordable recipe that's fun to bake and sumptuous to devour!

Why not try it for your yourself? Share a photo of your delights and we’ll feature them in the Trex Family Bakery.

Just post your shot to Instagram using the hashtag #BakingWithTrex.

Lush Chocolate Brownies! 

My quick and easy go-to bake will always be chocolate brownies. The ingredients are quite affordable, they're easy to bake and delicious to devour. The simple preparation is perfect for getting kids involved in baking and leftovers make for happy visitors and work colleagues. Here's how we're bringing a little cheer to our house this month.

Ingredients

  • 250g Trex
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 375g good quality dark chocolate
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 500g caster sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 180ºC/fan oven 160ºC/Gas Mark 4. While you're waiting for the oven to heat up, grease and line a rectangular baking tin, roughly 20x30cm.

Step 2

Gently melt the Trex, butter and chocolate together in saucepan, bain marie or microwave. While your mixture is melting, beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. 

Step 3

Now measure out the flour and salt. When the chocolate and Trex mixture has completely melted, mix it together and let it cool slightly before beating it into the eggs and sugar mixture. Then sift the flour into the mix.

Step 4

Mix all your ingredients and then pour into the lined tin and bake for about 25 minutes, at the bottom or middle shelf of the oven.

Step 5

Check the brownies by shaking the tin whilst still in the oven. The top of the brownies should be cracked and not wobbly. If they still wobble, pop them back in for another couple of minutes and check again.

Top Tip!

Perfect brownies are all about getting the bake time right, but this varies depending on the oven you use. If in doubt, try sticking a knife into the side of your bake. When the knife comes out mostly clean but still a bit sticky, your brownies are perfect.