Friday, September 16, 2011

Gourmet Brownies



Oh the brownie. What are they... really?
I think they are a combination of a dense cake and maybe a soft cookie. What ever it is... boy they are tasty little bites.  I personally like mine on the chewy fuggy side but most importantly they must be  MOIST. Nothing worse than biting into a dry crumbly brownie. Or the type that leaves that blah taste in your mouth  -YUCK. 





By far my favorite brownie is this Gourmet Mint Brownie. The bottom layer is this moist fuggy chocolate brownie, the center is a creamy cool mint and the entire top is smothered with a chocolate glaze....It's heaven in a square! These brownies travel well so they're great to bring to parties or a picnic.

On a quest to find something different I search the web for ideas for making brownies.  On the Martha Stewart website http://www.marthastewart.com/ I came across a recipe where she made a basic brownie recipe divided it in half. Place half the recipe in the pan, laid out the Peppermint Patty's in the center then poured the rest of the brownie mixture on top and baked. Although that sounds really good I didn't have any patties on hand so thought what if I made my own. Well let just say my first batch didn't come out looking very good nor did they taste ANY GOOD. So onward I went. I came to the Pillsbury website , http://www.pillsbury.com/ and there I found the center I was looking for.



Pre Heat oven 350
Brownie
1 cup butter
4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into pieces
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup all-purpose
 In a small sauce pan melt butter and chocolate. In a mixing bowl beat eggs and sugar for at least 3-5 min. until a nice light yellow color.  Remove chocolate from heat and allow to cool a bit add your vanilla. Pour into egg mixture slowly-keep beating. Add flour just until combine. Pour into a greased and floured
 9 x 13inch pan.

Filling
8 oz cream cheese room temperature softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon mint extract
4 drops green food color
In a medium bowl combine the softened cream cheese and sugar together. Add egg and mint extract and food coloring.
Pour on top of your brownie mixture and bake for 30-40 minutes (depending on your oven) Always double check..

Frosting
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into pieces
1teaspoon vanilla
1cup powdered sugar
Wait until brownie has completely cooled or you'll end up with a mushy topping.
In a saucepan melt butter and chocolate and corn syrup and water. bring just to a boil then add your powdered sugar and vanilla beat quickly until nice and smooth. pour on top and allow to set about 1 hour before you cut.

So good


 
I have yet to try Martha Stewart's recipe but if you are interested here it is.  If you make it let me know would love to hear how it comes out.

For the Brownie

8 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 ounces semisweet  chocolate
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
25 small  peppermint patties

Melt butter and chocolate in a medium sauce pan. Once melted remove from heat and add sugar and give a good stir.  Sift together flour cocoa and salt in a large bowl the set aside. In a large bowl beat eggs well.    Add cooled chocolate mixture to the eggs until all is combined well.  Slowly add the sifted flour mixture-important do not to over beat.  Place 1/3 the batter in a greased 8 x8x greased an floured pan. Unwrap patties and cover the brownie, leaving a 1/4inch border around the edge.  Pour the remaining brownie batter over top and smooth out. Place in the oven and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes
Enjoy

Raspberry Cake

Raspberry Cake

Little Minis

Little Minis

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes

Chocolate Valentine Cupcakes