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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Brownies Recipe!

What you'll need

  • Brownies:
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour

  • Strawberry Buttercream:
  • 1 stick salted butter, slightly softened
  • 1/2 cup pureed strawberries (about a heaping cup of frozen strawberries, thawed and blended smooth)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

  • Chocolate Ganache:
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 TBS light corn syrup
Helpful Tip:
Make sure your brownies are good and chilled before cutting and serving -- they will cut a lot neater that way!!
Notes:
Makes about a dozen three inch brownies.
Variations:
Is your sweetie a fan of raspberries or blackberries? Feel free to sub any pureed berries in place of strawberries.

How to make it

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line a 7x10 or 8x8 pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter and cocoa powder until smooth.  Add sugar and whisk until blended.  Whisk in eggs, one at a time, then whisk in vanilla and flour just until no flour streaks remain in batter.  Spread evenly in prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until brownies are puffy and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove brownies from oven and let cool completely before frosting.
  3. Prepare frosting:  In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter and pureed strawberries until blended.  Mixture may look a little curdled -- this is okay.  With the mixer on low, slowly add the powdered sugar, mixing on low until just blended.  Increase mixer speed to high and beat for one minute.  Frosting should be smooth and fluffy.  Spread frosting evenly over prepared brownies and chill for about 30 minutes.
  4. Prepare ganache:  In a small microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and heavy cream.  Microwave for about two minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir.  Repeat process until melted and smooth.  Stir in corn syrup and let ganache sit for a bit until it's cooled and thickened.  Pour ganache over chilled brownies and let brownies chill several more hours until firm.  Cut and serve.

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