Monday, March 10, 2014

Mint Flourless Brownies

For my son's birthday, my son wanted brownies instead of cake. As you can tell on this blog, I don't make a lot of homemade brownies. I looked through different recipes and decided to make this one. There is a taste scale I use to find out if my husband liked them. First, I ask if he liked them. If he says yes, he then tells me how many of them he ate. My husband said he ate three of them. He would have eaten more if I had omitted the mint. Three bars translated the brownies are good.
Mint Flourless Chocolate Brownies
2 cups mini semi sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup butter, cut into cubes
3 Tbsp water
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy cream 
1/2 cup Andes mints, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper. 
  3. Spray the dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt the semi sweet chocolate chips, butter, water, and 1/2 cup sugar over medium heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate has melted. 
  5. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and 1/4 cup sugar until thick.
  7. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  8. Fold half of the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture until incorporated.
  9. Fold in the remaining egg mixture until thoroughly incorporated.
  10. Pour the batter into the baking dish.
  11. Bake for 35 minutes or until the center has risen and the edges have become firm. 
  12. Allow the brownie to cool completely on a wire rack.
  13. Cover the brownies and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  14. In a small microwave safe bowl, heat the heavy cream for 30 seconds.
  15. Add the Andes mints to the heavy cream. Let stand for 2 minutes or until the chocolate has melted.
  16. Spread the melted mint ganache over the chilled brownies.
  17. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before removing from the baking dish.
Recipe adapted from Toll House Nestle Cookies Cookbook. 

One year ago...........................I made Lasagna Roll Ups.
Two years ago.........................I made Fried Meatball Sandwich

Did you already know.............
-There are over 30 varieties of mint.
-Mint is named after the Greek river nymph Minthe. 
-Minthe was turned into a plant by Hades jealous wife.

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