I’m not hugely creative when I’m baking. I tend to prefer substance over style (ie, a really big cake over anything too delicate or fiddly). So when the lovely chaps promoting the DVD and Blu-ray release of the new film ‘Justin and the Knights of Valour‘ asked me to make them some knighty/castley kind of cakes to celebrate its release, I was a bit worried.
Happily I’d just taken delivery of this little cutie from Lekue. It’s a mini brownie mould that makes 24 gorgeous little brownies that all pop straight out of the mould with no hassle. So I set to work and made my usual brownie mix from my step by step chocolate brownie recipe. It’s a bit fiddly to get it into the mould, so I ended up using a small jug and pouring the mixture in:
When the brownies were baked (they took about 20 minutes), I left them to cool while I whipped up some white chocolate ganache. I melted 100g of white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over some simmering water, then whisked in just enough double cream to get a thick spreading consistency.
Next, I sandwiched the cooled brownies together with the ganache:
Then it all got a bit technical for my liking – I had to make castle walls. I mixed black and white fondant together to get a dark grey, then I cut out the squares and marked in the brickwork with a knife and cut out the tops (with an ‘H’ cutter, would you believe) to make them a bit more castley. I gave them a quick brush with a damp pastry brush to get rid of any excess icing sugar too:
When they were dry, I put a bit more ganache on the top and sides of the sandwich (not your diet option) and pushed the walls onto the brownies. A fondant flag on a stick gave the final flourish, eh voila!
Do look out for the film this half term if you get the chance. It’s a cute little animated film fulls of knights and wizards and adventure. There are some very famous actors voicing the characters too, including Julie Walters, Rupert Everett and David Walliams, and the film is produced by Antonio Banderas (‘I am Puss… in Boots!’).
You can see the trailer for the film here:
Justin and the Knights of Valour is out On DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D – 3rd February 2014