[From the kitchen] Red Velvet Brownies

IMG_6446 WEBI’ve been itching to try out more baking recipes so while I waited for Mary Berry’s ‘Baking Bible’ to arrive in the post (which arrived today, hurrah!) I had a quick nosey through some recipes online, pinning a few onto my Pinterest board as I flicked through numerous sites. And then I came across this Red Velvet Brownie recipe with cream cheese frosting on MyRecipes.com. It was ever so simple to make which totally appealed to me seeing as I wanted them made before my mum arrived! I’m afraid I was unable to take step-by-step photos or great after shots taken as I was trying to get these done and served in a short space of time! The featured photo above was taken using my iPhone via Instagram which really does this decadent brownie no justice!  Anyway, here are the ingredients and instructions below (some text tweaked according to how I made mine).

Ingredients:

  • 1 (4-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (1-oz.) bottle red liquid food coloring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Cream Cheese Frosting – unlike the images shown here, I put just a spoon of cream cheese as oppose to covering it completely.
  • Garnish: white chocolate curls – I didn’t have these so topped mine with fresh strawberries!

For the Cream cheese frosting:

  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened $
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened $
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 180° (350°F). You can line the pan with foil as stated in the website or go for greaseproof paper or simply by greasing your pan completely using butter or oil spray.
  2. Now you can microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals (as stated on the website) or put it all in a bowl over hot water and mix together as they melt. Whisk in the sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Gently stir in flour followed by the next 4 ingredients (salt, baking powder, vanilla extract and red food colouring). The redder the brownies you want the more food colouring you put it! Mine didn’t come out as red as I hoped so next time I’ll be adding more!
  3. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 180° (350°F) for 45-50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours).
  5. While it cools, prepare your small batch of cream cheese frosting.
  6. Lift the brownies from the pan carefully and add the Cream Cheese Frosting on top of brownies, and cut into 16 squares. Garnish, if desired. I opted for small teaspoon sized dollops of cream cheese on the brownies….after the were cut into squares and then placed the freshly cut strawberries on top.

Note: For a slightly more professional look when serving, I placed the brownie squares (with the strawberries and cream) onto a wooden board and gently sprinkled some icing sugar over it………and there you have it! :) I think they would look even better on slate tiles too!! 

Let me know how it turns out for you……ENJOY!! xxx

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