Saturday, May 30, 2009

Brownies with Mint Buttercream and Chocolate Glaze

We made it to Georgia! We arrived here on Thursday night after driving through 10 states. It took us about 4 days all together. We stopped at the Grand Canyon and a few other places along our way and it actually was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be. The kids really didn't seem to mind the fact that they were in the car for days on end. We unloaded our stuff yesterday morning and today we are off to find a house. Wish us luck! Thanks everyone for continuing to check out my blog. I haven't had a chance to really read the comments or visit any other blogs, but hopefully soon I will be able to do that. Now on to the goodies.
I always seem to be making baked goods and giving them away. That was the case with these brownies. Desserts were needed at some sort of function and I volunteered to make a couple of items.

I made these a couple of months ago, in March.
I had leftover mint buttercream from these cupcakes, and found this recipe that would use up the frosting.
Everybody likes the combination of chocolate and mint, right?
From what I heard, these brownies were very popular and I had a couple of people who called me for the recipe.
That is all I can really think to say. If you like brownies, try these and let me know what you think.

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
8 Tbls unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups plus 1 Tbls all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square pan with baking cooking spray.
2. Melt the chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler placed over simmering water. Cool the mixture for 5 minutes.
3. Place the sugar in a medium-size mixing bowl and pour in the chocolate mixture. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, mix until blended, about 25 seconds. Scrape the bowl with a rubber scraper.
4. Add the vanilla. With the mixer on medium-low speed, add the eggs one at a time, blending after each addition until the yolk is broken and dispersed, about 10 seconds. Scrape the bowl after the last egg and blend until velvety, about 15 more seconds.
5. Add the flour on low speed and mix for 20 seconds; finish the mixing by hand, being certain to mix in any flour at the bottom of the bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup nuts, if using.
6. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.
7. Bake the brownies on the center oven rack until a thin crust forms on top and a tester inserted in the center comes out with a moist crumb, about 35 minutes.
8. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a rack to cool for 1 hour before cutting the brownies.
Mint Buttercream
1 cup confectioners sugar
4 Tbls unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tsp peppermint extract
Chocolate Glaze
4 oz bittersweet chocolate
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1. To prepare the buttercream, using an electric mixer on high speed, cream the sugar, butter and extract together until fluffy, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.
2. Spread the buttercream evenly over the cooled brownies and freeze for 1 hour.
3. After an hour, melt the chocolate for the glaze in the top of a double boiler placed over simmering water. Remove the pan from the water, and stir the syrup into the melted chocolate.
4. Allow the glaze to cool to the point where it no longer hot but still loose and spreadable. Using a frosting spatula, spread the glaze over the buttercream. Immediately place the pan in the refrigerator and allow the chocolate to harden for about 30 minutes
5. Cut the brownies with a thin, sharp knife that has been dipped in hot water and dried before each cut.
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Steph said...

Those brownies look yummy. Good luck in finding a new house.

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm glad you arrived safely! Hope you find the perfect house!

Tracey said...

Good luck in your house search! The brownies look terrific - I love chocolate and mint together.

The Food Librarian said...

Good luck on your trip! These treats look delightful!

Elizabeth said...

My grandma would be very upset with me for saying this but those look even better than her recipe.

Kerstin said...

Great idea to use mint buttercream on top - they look amazing! I'm glad you had a great trip and good luck with your house hunt!

Lexie said...

Brownies with mint buttercream....delicious! The icing looks so good!

Good luck on finding your dream home :)

vibi said...

My favorite flavor combination!!!

A keeper I'm putting right away in my "precious" folder!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Marie said...

Glad to hear you made it to Georgia safe and sound and that you enjoyed the journey along the way. In my experience, travelling with small children was always pretty stressful to say the least! Kudos to you! These brownies look fabulous and undoubtedly chocolate and mint are the perfect combination!

Marie said...

PS - I hope you find a house quickly!

Stacey said...

Oh my goodness those look delicious! I love brownies and the mint buttercream sounds incredible!

Prudy said...

HOoray! You're safe! I love mint chocolate brownies. Yum!

Maria said...

Glad you made it! I hope you love it there!

Aggie said...

Oh man, those look awesome!!

I'm so happy you made it to GA safe and sound!! Happy house hunting!!

Pamela said...

Yum! Good luck on the house hunt!

Sweet as Coco said...

I love chocolate and mint!! looks SO SO yummy!

Tanji said...

Welcome to the South! I'm from Seattle, but we've been in NC for 5 years. Southern Summer survival tip #1: skirts, not capris. It's too darn hot and humid for capris. :) I love your blog and can't wait to make the Thai red curry halibut this week. Yummy!

J.Danger said...

Yum Yum Yum

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Kasey@ All Things Mamma said...

Yummy! I love chocolate and mint together. This is a must try!