Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mint Cream Brownies

We live so close to Normandie Cafe, a quaint little restaurant/French bakery. They have the most delicious soups, sandwiches, and these amazing mint cream brownies. I don't dare ask them if they have creme de menthe in them... Since today is Sunday I can't go buy one, so I decided to make my own. I made my favorite brownie recipe then topped it off with my favorite buttercream frosting (adding peppermint instead of vanilla) and a chocolate glaze. I just hope Brad remembers to take them to work tomorrow so I don't eat the rest by myself...

BROWNIES
1 3/4 stick butter
¾ C cocoa (I use hershey's especially dark)
2 C sugar
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
1 C flour
In a saucepan on low heat, melt butter and cocoa. Remove from heat. Add sugar beating well. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each. Stir in flour, baking powder, and vanilla. Pour in greased 13x9" pan. (When I make these plain I add 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp orange zest, or I swirl in peanut butter). Bake at 350° 25 min.
Cool, then top with:
BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
1/2 C butter
1/4 C shortening
3/4 tsp peppermint extract
3 C powder sugar
2 tsp milk
Cream fats, add peppermint. Add sugar one cup at a time. Add green coloring if desired and a tsp of milk at a time beating on high until you get the right texture, light and fluffy. Keep damp cloth over it and store in the fridge up to 2 weeks, rewhipping before use.
CHOCOLATE GLAZE
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 C cream
Microwave cream in a small bowl until it begins to boil. Remove from microwave and add chocolate chips. Slowly stir until chocolate melts. Ensure the glaze isn't too hot and spread over brownies.
ironic with the fruit in the background, huh?

6 comments:

Colby and Steph said...

That looks delicious. I think I might have to try making that.

M+H said...

that does look delicious! that restaurant sounds delicious too! maybe we should go together sometime and you can show me where it is, etc. sounds so yummy!

Jill Vanikiotis said...
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Jill Vanikiotis said...

Wow - they look amazing (and taste even better than they look I'm sure)!! Katie, you need to write a cook book that includes all of these awesome recipes... I'll be the first to buy one!!!

Emma said...

katie, you are so good to me. i've wanted a recipe for these for so long, i crave the ones at kneaders like crazy!

Katie Hagen said...

thanks! :) i must say the brownies should actually have 1 C of butter, it just sounds like so much so unless it's a special occassion, i do a little less. even though these are not healthy, i have to remind myself that it makes a big brownie pan that i likely won't eat by myself. :)

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